Circles of Trust? Steps to Better Safety in the Internet Neighborhood

In my last post “Who Do You Trust?”, I tried to express how important it is to be vigilant about securing our computers against the dangers of connecting to, and using, the Internet.  I listed, in broad strokes and generalities, the basic precautions everyone should take and, I promised that I would write in greater detail about the practices and products that can help us to take those precautions.

I hope I did a decent job of not sounding too technical in my last post. I tried to write in a way that would help people better understand a complicated topic. I know this subject can be presented in such a way that most anyone can understand it, and put their understanding to practical use. That is my goal for all of the articles in this blog.

I want to convey the importance of this topic in such a way that people will want to learn more, but I know that many people won’t want to invest the time it may take.  My challenge is to boil down complexity to information that is easy to understand and can be put to use one step at a time. Taking any step in the right direction now, is better than waiting until we know all the different routes that are possible during the journey!

So I have decided to address this most important topic in a series of articles. If I am successful, each article will stand on its own, and will contain information that you can put to use right away, without necessarily having to read or understand the information in the later posts of the series. I will try to complete the series before I post on other subjects, so the articles can more easily be used together as a part of your overall and ongoing strategy for Internet safety.

“Who Do You Trust?” can now serve as the introduction to the series:  “Circles of Trust”. My next posts in this series will be about passwords, routers and firewalls. I would love to have your comments and feedback as I go, so please let me know what you think!


For more on Internet Security:

From The USA Educational Foundation: Internet Safety For Adults

From Family Online Safety Institute:
Top Internet Safety Tips for Parents (PDF)

Advice about common security issues for non-technical computer users