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  • Computer Safety - Browsing

    • OnGuardOnline.gov: Stop. Think. Click.™ - Provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
    • StaySafeOnline.org - Free security checkups, tip sheets, safety videos, classroom resources and more. Brought to you by the National Cyber Security Alliance.
    • Firefox - Award-winning free web browser. Especially safe when used with the NoScript add-on
    • Firefox - Check Your Plugins - Free online tool that helps you keep your Firefox plugins up-to-date. Visit once a month
    • NoScript - Excellent security add-on for Firefox browser. This free, open source add-on allows JavaScript and Java execution only for trusted domains of your choice. Once installed, you can control the running of scripts in your browser by left-clicking on the NoScript icon in the status bar or by right-clicking on the browser page, then choosing "NoScript" from the menu.
    • HTTPS Everywhere - HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox extension produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It encrypts your communications with a number of major websites. Free
    • Web Developer - Excellent add-on for Firefox. Not just for developers! Gives you handy information and control over many browsing features
    • BetterPrivacy - Excellent add-on for Firefox that helps protect you from Flash super cookies on Google, YouTube, Ebay, more. Free
    • Ghostery - Excellent add-on for Firefox that helps protect you from web bugs and trackers. Free
    • TrackMeNot - Excellent add-on for Firefox that helps protect web searchers from surveillance and data-profiling by search engines through noise and obfuscation. Free
    • Conspiracy - SSL Certificate Authenticity Checker - Excellent add-on for Firefox that will show you flag symbols, for each country (up to 7) involved in issuing the X.509 certificate. Free. Why should you use this? See: Certified Lies: Detecting and Defeating Government Interception Attacks Against SSL (631kb PDF)
    • SonicWALL Phishing and Spam IQ Quiz - Check your phishing savvy. Just for fun
    • Geolocation in Firefox - Information on using (and disabling) geolocation in Firefox
  • Computer Safety - Fraud and Scams

    • ScamWarners - A wealth of information about online scams. Free
    • SpamLinks - Report online fraud and spam. This site keeps up-to-date lists of addresses for reporting by country and type of complaint. For fraud in the United States, fill out an FTC Complaint Form. Also visit the Internet Crime Complaint Center
    • Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Complaint Form. - Report online fraud to the Federal Trade Commission
    • Internet Crime Complaint Center - Report Internet crime to the FBI. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the FBI, the National White Collar Crime Center, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance…. Accepts online Internet crime complaints from either the person who believes they were defrauded or from a third party to the complainant.
    • Report Suspicious Email - Report suspicious or fraudulent emails by forwarding them to the approriate site: spoof@paypal.com, spoof@ebay.com, customerservice@ups.com, abuse@fedex.com
  • Computer Safety - HTTP(S) Monitoring

    • Fiddler - Fiddler is a Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP(S) traffic, set breakpoints, and fiddle with incoming or outgoing data. Free. Works with Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, and more. Windows only
  • Computer Safety - Shopping

    • Negative Cashback from Bing Cashback - As of November 2009: The Bing search engine allegedly left 3-month cookies on your computer that caused prices to be raised for you, even markedly raised, when you visit many other online stores. Before shopping online, make sure you close all browser windows showing Bing.com, then clear your cookies.
  • Computer Safety - Spam

    • SpamLinks - Report spam and online fraud. This site keeps up-to-date lists of addresses for reporting by country and type of complaint
    • DanHatesSpam.com - Anti-spam resource. Dedicated to cleaning up the Internet.
  • Computer Safety - Windows-specific

    • How to manually remove the .NET Framework Assistant for Firefox - Some Microsoft Windows updates also install a Firefox add-on. Here is how to remove it. Read more about Microsoft's silent installation
    • Blocking Unwanted Parasites - How to block unwanted parasites using a Hosts file on Windows; from mvps.org
    • MD5Summer.org - Windows MD5 sum generator. Many files online are provided with their MD5 sum for safety. Before running a file you download, make sure its MD5 sum is correct.
    • Microsoft Windows Does Not Disable AutoRun Properly - How to disable autorun in Microsoft Windows to protect against malware including the Downadup or Conficker worm that spreads through USB keys; download and run this autorun.reg file to turn off autorun.
    • Gpg4win - Windows version of GnuPG. Complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard as defined by RFC4880. GnuPG allows to encrypt and sign your data and communication, features a versatile key managment system as well as access modules for all kind of public key directories. GnuPG, also known as GPG, is a command line tool with features for easy integration with other applications. A wealth of frontend applications and libraries are available
    • CCleaner - CCleaner is a freeware system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast. Free
    • How to disable the Autorun functionality in Windows - This Microsoft KnowledgeBase article shows how to disable autorun for USB drives and CDs.

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