Oh goody! I can finally sleep at night knowing that the websites I am visiting are “safe”.
My antivirus is now adding the green checkmark to urls that are on my desktop. Apparently this capabiity has been around for a few years, but just came to my attention because my antivirus uses it as an added feature on devices that I include for protection. And I’m not confident, yet, that its really protecting me.
And now to my point and advice.
Safe is a very tricky term, especially for the Internet uninitiated. Those are the folks who expect the sites they visit to be free from nefarious actvity. But safe is relative, given the current snooping that is being done in the interests of national security and the tracking that is being done in the interests of free enterprise and consumerism.
This technology pro recommends that all Internet users assume the following:
- You ARE being followed.
- Don’t wander about Internet neighborhoods with which you aren’t familiar.
- If you do, don’t be surprised if bad things happen to your devices.
- If you suspect something is wrong, it probably is.
- As they say in Jr. High School sex education class, “always use protection”
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