4. Pay attention to the risks of e-mail.

Think twice before you open attachments or click links in e-mail—even if you know the sender—as these can be used to transmit spam and viruses to your computer. Never respond to e-mail asking you to provide personal information, especially your account number or password, even if it seems to be from a business you trust. Reputable businesses will not ask you for this information in e-mail. 

Linda is a former employee of Microsoft, founder of LOOKBOTHWAYS Inc. and an online safety expert. This checklist is excerpted from her award-winning book Look Both Ways: Help Protect Your Family on the Internet.  


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