Minimise the risks
It's a scary world out there! But, with a little know-how, you can minimize the risks...
The Internet has made the world a much smaller place. While its benefits are tremendous, connecting us to others and to volumes of instant information on any subject anywhere in the world, its downside includes dark alleys frequented by criminals intent on harming you, your computer, and/or your information.
In the physical world, it used to be that you knew which dark alleys or bad neighbourhoods to avoid. Today the Internet, with all its benefits, has also brought the dark alleyways to your computer. As such, it takes much more vigilance to protect yourself and your computer from would-be criminals.
Some of the risks you encounter simply by surfing the Internet include, but are not limited to identity theft, viruses and worms that infect your computer, spamming, and other malware infections.