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Google’s Tips for Staying Secure Online

googleIn the fight against online infections, anti-virus companies like us have lots of powerful allies – including web giant Google.

In fact, the world’s largest search engine has such a passion for protecting users that it has even produced a guide to staying safe online: http://www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/

The site focuses both on general online safety tips, as well as Google-service specific hints to ensure that you’ll get the most out of Gmail, Google Plus, YouTube and their other services, while ensuring that users stay as secure as possible on the web.

We recommend reading everything on there – it’s all good stuff – but if you’re short on time, we’ve picked out some of the most useful pages written by Google:

Jargon Buster – http://www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/web/jargon/

We use a lot of technical terms on the Norman blog (although we try not to!). The truth is, it’s hard to discuss technology without using a few confusing words.

So if you don’t know a URL from a SSL, head to Google’s Jargon Buster page to catch up on some of the latest terms.

An Introduction to the Web – http://www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/web/101/

With topics ranging from “Getting online” to “What is Open Source?”, Google’s Internet 101 section provides helpful videos that introduce key internet concepts.

One of the most useful videos discuss how to update your browser – view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87S1GjE-17g.

Remember, keeping your browser up-to-date is, after having anti-virus software installed on your computer, one of the best ways to avoid a nasty malware infection.

Scam Avoidance – http://www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/online-safety/scams/

We’ve talked a lot about how to avoid scams online, which typically boils down to the old, pre-internet rule: if it’s too good to be true, it generally is.

However, Google’s article on avoiding scams is highly informative, and is a great place to introduce others who haven’t read through our extensive blog archive.

There’s also a video for the ultimate in easy learning.

Useful Resources – http://www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/web/partners/

Aside from their own advice, Google also provides a really useful list of other resources to learn more. Included is everyone from the BBC, who has a dedicated Stay Safe section for 6 – 12 year olds, to StopBadware, a site design to assist industry and policymakers in protecting users from barware.

Between us, Google and their list of resources, you’ll learn everything you need to know about staying secure on the internet.

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