Stay Safe on the Internet

In addition to taking care when reviewing and opening email, there are other steps you can take to keep your personal information and finances safe while enjoying all the convenience and power of the internet.

Threat-Detecting Software

Use anti-virus and firewall software, and keep it updated. Choose computer settings to screen for harmful communications and virus attacks. Anti-virus and firewall software can prevent harmful software from installing on your computer, and can fix breaches in your internet security. Firewall software also helps protect your privacy on the internet and blocks unwanted sources from accessing your system.

Keep Your System Up-To-Date

Updates to keep your system secure are often automatic. They may be activated and installed by your security software, or by your computer or operating system manufacturer, like Windows, for example. Don’t ignore updates; there are new threats all the time, and your equipment needs to be up-to-date.

Getting FTC Help

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) offers consumer resources to avoid these risks, and help if you’re a victim. You can forward suspicious emails to the FTC at You can also file an online complaint form, or learn more about spam.

Yes, the internet and email are wonderful tools for communicating, learning, working and entertainment. Be careful and know how to recognize and avoid some of the dangers posed by scammers so the fun and productivity doesn’t come to a screeching halt.

Questions for Your Attorney

  • Are email and internet scams considered crimes or consumer issues?
  • I’m a victim of an email scam; do any state laws address my problem?
  • Can I file a lawsuit against email scammers?
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