Have you ever received some sort of an alarming chain letter in your e-mail inbox? Or maybe you just read an article that seems too good to be real? Well, the truth is that it is probably not real. Today, there is a big number of fake articles and links popping just about anywhere and everywhere on the Internet. Because of that, you really need to be careful when it comes to viewing such websites. The basic rule here is that if something looks too suspicious to you, don’t click on it. That way, you will be safe from any potential viruses that could cause harm to your computer.
Okay, let’s say that you know how to identify a fake website or link. But what about your relatives or friends who are not as experienced as you when it comes to using the Internet? In this case, it is your duty to inform them of all the dangers that lurk on the Internet. Believe it or not, Internet is still a relatively new method of communication, which is why many people are still not savvy enough when it comes to identifying electronic hoaxes. Although the Internet contains a lot of valuable information, it is not really easy to tell the good from the bad. Just keep in mind that your 10-year-old neighbor can publish articles as just and as often and as easy as New York Times can. While most false websites are not that dangerous for your computer, beware of articles and websites that are intended to scare you. Fat diets and chain letter emails are two of the most common fake things that you can come across while browsing through the Internet!
Always Question What You See
Be a critical reader. Always question what you see, as well as what you read on the Internet. The information that you can read on the Internet doesn’t have to be any more true than the information that you can read in print media such as your favorite newsletter.
Don’t Download Any Suspicious Files
If a file looks too suspicious to you, don’t download it. This is especially the case if you don’t know the original source of the file. Better safe than sorry, right?
Stay Away From Suspicious Websites
Have you ever received an email containing a suspicious link? If you have, then we really hope that you haven’t clicked on it. The thing about such links is that they are usually fake, and some people just use them to get to your private information. So, just don’t click on such links, and everything should be okay.