Do type in a website address directly into your Web browser.
Do make sure the website you enter personal information into is securely encrypted.
Do create and memorize strong passwords that are at least eight characters long, and include at least a numerical value and a symbol, such as #, to foil password-cracking software. Avoid common words and never disclose a password online.
Do change your password every few months.
Do log out of a website and close the browser when your session is complete.
Do use personal firewalls, antivirus and antispyware software programs, and update them on a regular basis to recognize the latest threats.
Do regularly update your operating system, Web browser, and other major software, using the manufacturers' update features, preferably using the auto update functionality.
Do close windows containing pop-up ads or unexpected warnings by clicking on the "X" button in the upper most right hand corner of that window, not by clicking within the window.
Do perform regular backups of important data.
Internet Security DON'Ts
Don't blindly click and follow links in an e-mail or unfamiliar website.
Don't enter personal information into a website if it is not securely encrypted, or you are unsure if it is securely encrypted.
Don't create common passwords such as your name, Social Security Number (SSN), birthdates, children or pet names, addresses, etc.
Don't write down your password, especially on a Post-It note and stick it on or near your computer!
Don't give out your password to anyone, whether you know them or not.
Don't select the "Remember My Password" option. Many applications do not store them securely.
Don't reply to spam or click on its "unsubscribe" link. It only informs the sender that your e-mail address is valid.
Don't open an e-mail attachment, even from someone you know well, unless you were expecting it.
Don't reply to e-mail(s) requesting financial or personal information.
Don't click on the close button within pop-up ads or windows.
Don't set your e-mail program to "auto-open" attachments.
Don't download files, including software, from the Internet without using antivirus and antispyware software programs to help protect you from viruses, spyware, key loggers, etc.