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Be Safe On The Internet

You need to be safe on the Internet because there are any number of pitfalls. Some of them concern how you protect your PC, Laptop, Notepad, Tablet, or Smart phone. Other pitfalls concern what you do on the Internet with the various devices.

Protecting Your PC, Laptop, Notepad, Tablet, or Smart phone

The first thing you should do is protect whichever device you are using. A reliable anti virus and firewall are a must have. Personally, I am currently using the Avast antivirus and firewall Pro version.

The next step is to ensure you use secure passwords, note the use of the plural “passwords.” You should never use the same password on multiple sites. A password should be at least 18 characters long and contain characters in the range 0 – 9, a- z, A – Z, and at least two characters such as £$%^!&*()+~#={}][@? you will end up with something like ZyQ%nbCcwET%X332k!

How To Remember long complicated passwords.

Your next question will be “How Am I Supposed to Remember long complicated passwords.” There are those that write their passwords down in a note book which they keep with them, and there are those that use a password organizer. We recommend using RoboForm. Roboform was created in 1999, and we have been using it since 2000. We can honestly state that in the last 17 years, we have never had our passwords compromised.

There is a safe way to set up your RoboForm.

  • Step one is to create a secure master password.
  • Step two is to set up the profile to use a flash drive rather than the standard C drive. Doing this allows you to unplug the drive and take it with you when you leave the PC and without it, no one can use your roboform to access your password-protected areas.
  • Step three is to set up the password generator correctly.
    • Place a check mark in the box “Copy new generated passwords to clipboard”
    • If you cannot see the Advanced settings, then click on the text “advanced settings.”
    • Set the number of characters to 18 (can be more if you want)
    • Check Exclude Similar characters.
    • Leave Hexadecimal blank
    • Check A – Z, a – z, 0 – 9, and characters
    • Set minimal number of digits to 1 or more.

When you need a New Password.

Now that RoboForm is set up each time you need a password you click on generate new. Remember it is automatically copied to your clipboard so you just go to, and click inside the password field. Now press ctrl and the “v.” and there you have your password.

A tip: when you click on the create account you are usually logged in. I always log out immediately and then fill in the login form with the username/email and then do a Ctrl “v” in the password field.

Next Go up into your roboform tool bar and click on save. It will suggest a name, and if you have made any, a folder.

If you have not yet created any folders, click on the Drop-down arrow in the second field and click on create new folder. Type in a suitable folder name and click on save.

Do organize your passwords into folders, or they can get out of hand very quickly.

The next step to be safe on the Internet.

Social media, if used correctly, can be very useful. The downfall comes when you post pictures and/or posts that are not very flattering either to some else or to yourself. You have to think about the future, remember you may or may not have a job right now, but you may apply for one in the future, and these day’s employers check out your online presence. The social media



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