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4 tips for safely conducting research on the web

4 tips for safely conducting research on the web

8th in a series of 10 Tips

1. Update, update, update!
Never assume that Windows has updated. Do it yourself.
Windows update prior to Windows 10 had important and optional updates. Most important updates were automatically installed nut not all. Optional updates including drivers were never updated and had to be done by the user.
Check for updates, select all important and optional, install restart and recheck. Repeat process till all done.
Please note virus writers deliberately target the programmes in optional updates knowing that very few people update them.

2. Get into the zone
In positive psychology, flow, also known as the zone, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity.
In other words when accessing the internet make sure you keep alert and watch out for any unusual activity like pop ups, spurious downloads etc.
You are in control and if you get infected it is probably because you let your guard down for a short time.

3. Limit your intake of cookies
Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit or for repeat visits.
You can control your use of cookies by amending the settings to suit your requirements.
Clean out cookies on a regular basis by running Internet options, Disk Clean or CCleaner if installed.

4. Check for encryption before entering information on a site (https)
Encryption is just another word for a secure page on a website.
When entering data make sure you can see https:// at the beginning of the web address. The s in https denotes a secure website.
Avoid entering data unless you can see https