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Dear Adam, How can my family and I ensure we are safe when surfing the internet?

While the internet is a wonderful place providing endless entertainment, connection to friends and family and answers to many questions, it’s not always a safe place to surf. Viruses, hackers and scams are everywhere.

If you don’t know how to look out for them and protect yourself, they can get you into an unpleasant situation. Here are a few ways to be cautious when browsing the web.

Think before you click. Some ads or links can be tempting to click on, especially if they offer an epic prize or discount. One careless click could expose your personal data or infect your device with malware. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Be wary of what you download. Programs or apps downloaded from the internet may contain viruses that harm your files or disable your device, or they will try to steal your information. Never download anything that looks suspicious or comes from a site that you don’t trust. Even then, it’s advised to scan all downloaded files with a trusted antivirus software before opening them.

Make sure your connection is secure. It can be pretty tempting to connect to that free public Wi-Fi, but doing so can expose your personal data. Using a secure VPN connection will prevent this from happening.

Unfortunately, sometimes even when you exercise caution, things still go wrong. This is why it’s important to invest in a trusted antivirus software, such as Norton Security. If you are unsure of how to effectively protect your device and yourself from these dangers, or you do happen to get your device infected – come and see us at Harvey Norman Computers. We’re more than happy to help you and your family stay safe online.

Harvey Norman Computers Mackay

a Cnr Heaths Rd and Bruce Highway, Mackay