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Advices for Tourists

Safe use of the Internet

MEASURES TO BE TAKEN BY PARENTS CONCERNING THEIR CHILDREN

  • Set rules of use and warn of consequences.

  • Adapt school and study schedules to the computers use.

  • Monitor the time of use.

  • Teach them not to request products without the previous family permission.

  • Insofar as it is possible, help them to carry out their homework, studies, searches, etc.

  • Encourage them to make their own searches on interesting subjects, both for their school essays and for the family.

  • Talk to them of damaging and beneficial consequences to privacy when using the net.

  • Speak with them about the chat dangers because they can be confused – when chatting – with so called friends that actually are not such. Pay special attention to sexual contents.

  • Check telephone bills.

  • Set budgets for on-line expenses and supervise that they are met.

  • Periodically, check the use your children make of the computer and especially, of the Internet.

  • Talk to children about the consequences of breaking laws.

  • Devote special attention to the games that your children usually receive, share or copy. Not all of them are entertaining; some can be dangerous and violent.

  • Do not let being persuaded by anyone you about the economic advantages that purchases of illicit copies of games, software, movies, etc. represent.

  • Share knowledge with your children about new computer releases/novelties.

  • Encourage computer skilled teenagers to share their knowledge with other brothers/sisters, relatives, friends, etc.

  • Check contents that might be harmful for their education and personal growth i.e.: pornographic, violent, racist subjects, etc.

  • Use reputable Internet Service Suppliers.

  • Assess the possibility of installing filters and parental control software for accessing certain activities.

  • Consult specialized pages on security measures.

MEASURES TO BE TAKEN BY CHILDREN

  • Inform immediately adults if you notice contents that you may consider dangerous, or just if you detect something strange.

  • Never disclose your personal details, if you are not sure of the addressee, or if you believe that it is unnecessary.

  • Never post your pictures or pictures of your family, without the permission of your parents.

  • Do not enter web pages with contents unsuitable for your age.

  • If you are going to meet up with on-line friends, first talk about it with your parents or tutors.

  • Do not answer odd messages, especially those attaching files of unknown origin, and never open them.

  • Do not access areas where money, credit card numbers, investments, etc are requested.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES CONCERNING ECONOMIC TRANSACTIONS

  • Do not leave copies of receipts close to Point of Purchase (PoP) Terminals as they have information on cards that can be used both on and out the Internet.

  • Do not use your credit card if you do not trust a business. There are known cases where the credit card number and the name of the holder have been misused by some members of the staff in that business.

  • Do not enter your credit card number on pages of sexual or pornographic contents where it is requested so as to check you are not under aged.

  • Do not provide more personal details than the necessary.

  • Check if at the bottom of your Explorer navigator a yellow padlock is displayed, or a locked padlock in the case of Netscape, when information is transmitted. This means that your data are transferred encrypted.

  • Check that the charges received match accordingly.

PRECAUTIONS CONCERNING E-MAILS

  • Do not open messages of unknown origin. Delete them immediately.

  • Do not execute any attached file with attractive messages.

  • Adopt appropriate measures if you are offered substantial "gifts" and in order to receive them you have to telephone to 903/ 803/ 807/ 906 codes; (the last code is for numbers with special rates).

  • Do not give your e-mail address "too" easily.

  • Have always running an antivirus.

  • Visit specialized webs on computer security.

  • Transfer your data secured, post them encrypted.

SECURITY MEASURES FOR PRIVATE USERS

  • Do not provide your personal details if you are not completely sure of their recipients.

  • Do not provide more personal details than those absolutely necessary.

  • Always demand "secure connections". Make sure that, when you are transferring sensitive data, at the bottom of the Explorer navigator, a yellow padlock is displayed and a locked padlock in the case of Netscape.

  • Verify that there are security certificates on pages asking for personal details.

  • Verify that there are security certificates on pages asking for personal details.

  • Use effective antivirus software and update it frequently.

  • Pay special attention to the files received during chat sessions.

  • Update the operating systems and navigators with the patches released by the software specialized companies.

MEASURES TO BE ADOPTED BY SMALL COMPANIES

  • Passwords should be periodically changed.

  • Demand safe passwords.

  • Do not store passwords in your hard-disk.

  • Entrust a responsible person with the net management.

  • Design a protocol to use the net.

  • Monitor operations and transactions at unusual times.

  • To set a suitable back-ups policy.

MEASURES TO BE TAKEN BY BIG COMPANIES

  • A qualified person must be in charge of the computer security.

  • Monitor outsourced workers that sometimes have access to the company computer equipments, i.e.: to repair them, for maintenance purposes, development, etc.

  • Permanent updating of software.

  • Get professional advice through specialized companies.

MEASURES TO PREVENT TELEPHONE FRAUDS

  • Checking invoices to control if invoiced expenses match the communications made.

  • Check the telephone numbers dialled, to mark them as known. There are cases of invoiced calls that they were not made by the relevant user. In this case, before taking any further measures, please ask users.

  • To avoid thefts, pay attention to the banks and telephone operators' mail, and in the case of not receiving the detailed information concerning all services, bring it to the company's attention; and request a duplicate of the same and inform about what has happened.

  • Do not give telephone numbers, either fixed or mobile, to unknown persons requesting them under any excuse. Some cases have been detected in which the only objective was to know the line's features to make eventual deviations.

  • When you receive a wrong phone call, hang up immediately to avoid a possible deviation of calls that would be charged to the person who has been called.

  • If you have subscribed "three party call" service, maximize security measures because your line could be tracked with software and a hacker could get into your line to make international phone calls that would be charged to the subscriber.

  • Do not accept reversed charges calls if you are not absolutely sure of knowing who the caller is. It can be a fraudulent call and you may pay thousands of Euro for the swindle.




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