Safe Ways to Surf the Web

The mass use of the internet means almost 50% of the world’s population has access to the World Wide Web. With the great power to communicate, connect, and create the internet provides us comes with great responsibility, there it is also important to create an optimal environment especially for those who spend long spans of time using computers.

 

Guidelines for Safely Surfing

  1. Setting up the Proper Operating System Updates

Your operation system will need to be constantly updated by the developer(Be aware of fake updates created by sources that are not your developer, or even those that claim to be). As systems are tweaked they are routinely updated, keeping up with updates especially with security software assures your computer is prepared to handle  viruses that may come along. Refusing to update makes you susceptible to malware.

2.Caution with Personal Information

With very sensitive information such as social security, bank accounts, and addresses they needs to be given cautiously. Assuring that providing such information is necessary. If necessary assure that the site is secure (avoiding rogue websites especially those that ask for bank information) so it isn’t open for anyone to access. Even when using social media giving out personal information like your address can put you at risk.

3. Assure Firewalls are Operating

Doing so is very simple such as opening system preferences or control panel and assuring that firewalls are on.  A firewall keeps any unauthorized source from snooping around on your computer. Keeping it updated can help avoid many types of malware.

4. Know what you Download

Downloading anything onto you computer should be done with care. Assure the website you are using to download is trustworthy, maybe looking for reviews. Avoid too good to be true offers (Win a Free iPad). Any “bundle” downloads that may carry additional files outside of the initial use should be treated with suspicion.

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Ergonomics

When using the computer especially for a long time it is very important to use proper computer ergonomic. Your body in a few decades will surely thank you. Elevating the monitor to eye level, and placing the keyboard appropriately to achieve a 90 degrees angle with arms and sitting tall are small ways to improve sitting posture.

Giving yourself breaks after an hour of work for a few minutes will loosen up your body giving you time to move around. Doing simple exercises like shaking hands and shoulder at your side relaxes muscles. If you experience chronic pain, stiffness, or weakness you should discuss this with our doctor for further treatment (ignoring it will only make thing worse).

 

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