How paranoid are you about computer safety issues?

@anawar (2406)
United States
April 29, 2008 12:56pm CST
Generally speaking, I'm a paranoid person. It makes everyday living a challenge. I am trying to narrow down my worries a bit and I wondered if I am over-cautious about computer safety issues. It all started with some comments I heard here and there. When you are signed into your e-mail, do you click straight from your e-mail over to a website you use daily? or do you sign out first, and then log onto that website? as in; you receive a message in your e-mail that you have a response on mylot? do you click from your e-mail to mylot? Do you stay signed in to your e-mail all day? Do you stay signed into the websites you use everyday? I go so far as to sign out of every website and also close my browser window. I stopped launching from my favorites, unless I know the website is what I call 'clean'. When I use certain websites, my virus program picks up the same spyware and viruses each time. Do you delete all temporary files at the end of the day? What virus and/or spyware program do you use and how confident are you about the security it provides? I use AVG, and I was wondering what other programs people use because my license runs out in a few days. I won't use Norton or McAfee because they mess up computers. When I bought my laptop it came with Norton and I couldn't delete the program! I had to go over to Circuit City and they were able to remove the program. So, am I paranoid about computer safety or not? What safety practices do you use?
1 response
29 Apr 08
Unfortunatly i am not as paranoid about computer safety as i should be i think i hardly think twice about downloading programs and putting my personal details into different sites. I know i should be more aware i do have anti virus installed on my pc and i do make sure it is up to date regularly. But i think i should be a bit more vigilant when it comes to computer safety. I dont think you can ever to be cautious when it comes to computer safety.
• United States
29 Apr 08
Like yourself I am also not as paranoid or vigilant as i should be but i am careful to look for secure sites when posting personal info, payments and credit cards. i opened up a paypal account to make it easier to make online purchases. i don't really know how much safer it makes it but at least i don't put my bank info on every site i purchase from. it's hard not to be paranoid with all the horror stories we hear every day.
@anawar (2406)
• United States
29 Apr 08
graceandowen_ thanks. Now I'm not up the wall crazy. I think I miss out on some computer events because I don't download anything. I never open forwarded e-mail either! 'Never too cautious' is good advice, as long as you don't worry everyday like I do! Thanks for stopping by to comment. 'Everywhere the wind blows it always comes home to us.'
@anawar (2406)
• United States
29 Apr 08
littletaina_ You're right. I took my credit card numbers off the websites I use, like Amazon. It's a little bit too convenient. I'd rather re-enter my information every time. I use pay pal as well, but if you log onto pay pal from e-bay, you'll get a nasty little tracking spyware hooked onto a file. That's one case where I do log off of e-bay to go to pay pal. Pay pal has fees to use their service. As long as they keep my money safe_ Thanks for your comments and the time you spent answering.