Web safety

See  Technical Guide  for information about the safety of this site.

Safety on-line

Click PDF  icon for a pretty complete guide to staying safe on-line, from Ambitious about Autism .        Click page icon on the right for an encyclopaedia of on-line safety.

Company websites need to be checked out before spending money or giving personal details.      This can be tricky, especially if they are not well known companies.        Here is an introduction to checking out a company, with links at the bottom.

Safe social networking

UK Safer Internet Centre have produced a handy guide to on-line safety when using the social networking service ask fm.                Click icon to view.

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Firewall

You only want one.          If you have more than one active at a time they may clash.          Some security packages have them bundled in but all versions of Windows have one available.

For more information see: Technical Tips:

  • To see why one firewall is enough see the not overdoing things bullet point.
  • To find Windows Firewall settings see under security screens.

Anti-virus

For a sound introduction to the issues and context see Do you really need antivirus software?

For a guide to free options click Best free antivirus software .

Again, you only want one Anti-virus package.      You can have too much security.

Things to avoid

You may see adverts or find software on Google claiming to fix problems on your PC or speed up performance.    Treat these with a great deal of suspicion.