Being a Newbie to the internet is not a crime =) Goodness knows we were all newbies at one time or another too. But don't stay clueless to the ways of the internet. Do not believe everything you read!!
Learn about internet security!
The Internet contains a wealth of information, unfortunately, it may also contain personal details about you that you don't want everyone to know. For example, your real name (lots of people on the Internet use aliases, alter egos or nicknames), street address, phone number, or e-mail address. When you go online, sites you visit may be gathering information about you without your knowledge.
1. Keep your passwords private, even from your best friend! Your online service will never ask for them, so neither should anyone else.
2. Use only your member name and/or e-mail address when chatting or sending e-mail. Never give out personal information like your name, address, or phone number. Anyone with your phone number can easily find out your name and address.
3. Always delete unknown e-mail attachments or run yur virus checker before opening them. They can contain destructive viruses.
4. Remember that nothing you write on the Web is completely private - including e-mail. So be careful and think about what you type and who you tell.
5. Not everyone is as nice, cute and funny as they may sound online. Never make plans to meet an online "friend" in person & if you do, be very careful.
Please do not steal other people's work! This includes EVERYTHING! Their writings, their graphics, their personal pictures, ect.... You can find your own background sets and graphics, ect. There are a ton of graphic sites available. Just always remember to give them credit. You can normally use their graphics for free, all they ask is you display their banner and link it to their site. Now thats not hard now is it? So BE HONEST!!!!
=) Now if you would like information about how to copyright your own works, here are some wonderful links to help you achieve that goal:
PLEASE.... Please folks.... Do NOT believe everything you see and spam all your friends with false hoaxes. Read up on hoaxes before you let people know about them to see if they are real. I find I like these two places the best to check on Hoaxes:
If you provide your credit-card number to a Web site, you'll want to make sure that the site is secure. Internet Explorer notifies you if a site is secure by displaying a lock icon on the status bar, in the lower-right corner of the window. When you see this lock, you can be assured of two things:
- The site is owned and maintained by the organization that it claims to be. (Double-click the lock to see a certificate verifying site ownership.)
- Any communication you send to or receive from the site is encrypted, so no
one else can read the information.
Even with these assurances, you should always be cautious when giving out personal information online. Only share information with reputable Web sites that you trust. Here are a few more guidelines to help put your mind at ease:
- Stick with what you know. Shop only with companies you trust. If you want to try a company you have never heard of, do a little research first: request a catalog by mail, or call and talk to a company representative.
- Keep the password secret. If the online merchant asks you to set up a password, choose something that won't be easy for someone else to figure out. This rules out your husband's birthday, your phone number, your dog's name, etc. Use a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Don't use the same password on other accounts or sites.
- Use common sense. Never fill out online questionnaires that ask for your social security number, mother's maiden name, bank account number, etc. There is rarely a reason a merchant would need this information for a transaction.
- Print it out. A printed copy of your order will act as your receipt. Make sure it includes a confirmation number.
- Report problems. If you have problems, report them to the merchant. If that doesn't help, talk to your local consumer protection agency, The Better Business Bureau, The National Fraud Information Center, or the Federal Trade Commission.