The same advice parents might deliver to young drivers on their first solo journey applies to everyone who wants to navigate safely online.
A special agent in our Cyber Division offered the following: A firewall helps protect your computer from hackers who might try to gain access to crash it, delete information, or even steal passwords or other sensitive information.
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Carelessly downloading e-mail attachments can circumvent even the most vigilant anti-virus software.
Never open an e-mail attachment from someone you don’t know, and be wary of forwarded attachments from people you do know. With the growth of high-speed Internet connections, many opt to leave their computers on and ready for action.
To report potential e-scams, please go the Internet Crime Complaint Center and file a report.
Note: The FBI does not send mass e-mails to private citizens about cyber scams, so if you received an e-mail that claims to be from the FBI Director or other top official, it is most likely a scam.
The FBI cautions parents and guardians that, because there is no age restriction for the use of Peer-to-Peer services, pornography of all types is easily accessible by the many young children whose parents mistakenly believe they are only accessing music or movies.