Let’s be real, geeks know this stuff, and geeky websites like your’s truly and Gizmodo aren’t really helping their regular readers with this list. But there is an Internet full of non-geeks who could be spared a lot of pain if they take two minutes to read this.
Do them a favor, and spread the knowledge. Whether it be email, Tweet, sharing on Facebook, sharing in Google Reader, whatever you want, just spread the knowledge.
The list of online doom includes:
- Checking the “Keep me signed in” box on public PCs
- Failing to update Microsoft Windows OS /Java / Adobe Reader / Adobe Flash
- Searching for celebrity gossip, incriminating material (i.e. sex tapes)
- Using BitTorrent to download copyrighted software/film/TV shows
- Searching for free porn
- Online gaming (free to play, social games on Facebook and beyond)
- Leaving Facebook privacy settings wide open, therefore exposing personal info to all
- Connecting to unknown wireless networks
- Using the same password for every single online account
- Trying to get a free iPad, PlayStation 3 or similar gadgets (scams/phishing)
If you treat this as a list of things to avoid you will be golden. The one exception is updating your software… you should always update your software. [Gizmodo]
Please practice safe computing, and encourage others to do the same.