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The SafeSurf™ Modus (part I)

      After receiving countless emails from those who have experienced the pain of an online scam, we decided that something had to be done.  Nearly all Internet criminals bank on your lack of basic Internet knowledge.  As the result, we created the SafeSurf Modus to provide you with the Internet safety wisdom that will save you from having your identity, your money or your child's innocence stolen.

      We invite you to see how familiar you are with the schemes the spoofers, scammers and predators use to entrap you.  We also ask you to alert your friends.  If we can get every person who ventures on the Internet to diligently review and follow the SafeSurf Modus, we stand the chance of ushering in a new era of Internet safety.

      Please be aware that every time you ignore the teachings of the SafeSurf Modus, you are placing yourself or your family in danger.  We begin with a list of the most dangerous bad habits to avoid on the Internet.

Things Never To Do On the Internet

Spoofing/Phishing Dangers
Online scammers will put in a tremendous amount of effort and use any means available to achieve their goal of making you believe that their phishing email is from a legitimate source.  Then, they hope that you will be curious, complacent, panicked, shocked or just lazy enough to click on the link they provide in the email.  Believe us, their bogus emails look absolutely real.  NEVER take the chance, go directly to the actual site on your own to log in.
1.   NEVER logon to Paypal or Ebay by clicking on a link contained in an email.
2.   NEVER logon to any banking institution from a link contained in an email.
3.   NEVER give out your personal identification information (such as your social security number) to unknown sites accessed from an email link.

Money Scams
It may sound like you have made a rich friend, encountered a desperate millionaire or have magically won something for nothing, but all that has happened is that a sophisticated scammer without a conscience has targeted you.  If you respond, you will carefully be drawn into a meticulous web of lies designed to tug at your heart strings and take advantage of your values of helpfulness and goodness.  Their best targets are not the greedy, but the hopeful.  They want you to think that you can win at their game.  Nobody has, can or will, so stay away.
4.   NEVER respond to emails in which you are asked to help transfer large sums of money from a foreign country.
5.   NEVER respond to lotteries or other contests that claim you have won, even though you did not directly enter them.
If an online store does not have (https) secure transfers by now, there is something terribly wrong.  Without this, anybody in the world could steal your credit card number.  Buy it somewhere else.
6.   NEVER give your credit card number to an online store that does not have secure transfers.

Family Safety
Online Predators are everywhere and they are after your children.  They have only gotten more daring and reckless.  Do not rely on the media to remind you that you need to stay involved.
7.   NEVER allow young children to randomly surf the Internet without a porn filter, safety browser or under active adult supervision.
8.   NEVER allow your child to arrange a meeting with someone they met on the Internet without you being present and it being in a public place; and only after speaking to their parents on the phone.
9.   Teach your children to NEVER give out personal information to anyone they encounter on the Internet.

Software Threats
Internet Safety requires both good software and knowledge.
10.   NEVER randomly surf the Internet without installing a firewall, an anti-virus filter and a spyware protection program.
11.   NEVER forward emails that contain attachments without first checking the attachment with an anti-virus program.

Every day, thousands of people and business accidentally expose their private data to the world, just because they wanted to download a free MP3 song.  Please, stay away from those "download stuff for free" programs if you have any information of value on your computer.
12.   NEVER install file-sharing programs on a computer that also contains sensitive personal or business information.

Continue to The SafeSurf Modus (part II)

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