Monday, 26 July 2010 00:00
We’ve all received a forwarded email from our Aunt Lucy, telling us that if you forward this email to 10 friends, you’ll receive a million-dollar savings bond from the
- “If it is on the Internet, it’s FREE”. While copyright and Intellectual property laws are as confusing as they come, we should understand that copyright does still apply on the Internet. Here’s a useful article on how to decide if you can use an image found on the Internet. Is it ok for me to use that image?
- “The Internet will make you rich.” “Earn $10,000 a month without paying a penny or working more than 10 minutes a day!” While some people have found a small degree of income using the Internet, people who have made a profit for themselves have spent a considerable amount of time and money to get there. Just remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. You can however, make a little money from our blog: Earn up to $80 just for asking a good question!
- “Cookies track your every move on the Internet.” (Cookies are also know as web cookies, browser cookie, http cookie.) Cookies track information and activity. Cookies are used for authentication, storing the contents of shopping carts, site preferences, and other text data storage, but they don’t track EVERYTHING you do on the Internet. While cookies can be used as spyware or possible malware, they are necessary for most legitimate sites, especially those with shopping carts and do not mean the demise of your whole hard drive.
- “Everything you read on the Internet is true (or is partially true).” The truth is that anyone with an Internet connection can share their opinion online and attest that the information is fact. There are sites that can help with determining if something on the Internet is true, but be warned they are not always right or unbiased: snopes.com or truthorfiction.com.
- “You’re safe from viruses, spyware, and malware if you are really careful about the sites you visit – OR –You can tell a site is dangerous just by looking at it.” It is important to be careful about the sites you visit; however, dangers are not always so obvious. It is important to have an up-to-date antivirus program and regularly update the virus definitions. Don’t just install a program when you purchase your computer and expect to be safe for the next 3 years.