5 online safety tips for grads

It’s graduation season, so whether you’re graduating or your child is, here are some safety tips for what’s ahead.

1.       Spot and avoid job-hunting scams.  Paper resumés are going the way of the dodo, so graduates (or anyone searching for a job) should be careful about how much personal information they put online and should learn how to avoid job hunting scams. For more information, see Online job-hunting scams.

2.       Protect your new computer. If you got a new computer for graduation, be sure it has reputable antivirus software to protect against malware. To learn what else you need to do before you go online with a new computer, see How to boost your malware defense and protect your PC.

3.       Secure your smartphone. A phone that lets you surf the Internet, download apps, and take and send pictures is a great gift for high school or college graduates. Learn how to help keep the information on your phone more secure.

4.       Manage your online reputation. More and more employers check Facebook pages and other online information before they hire applicants. Learn how to take charge of your online reputation.

5.       Use Microsoft Office more safely.  You probably already know that Microsoft Office includes useful tools for graduates. But did you know it can also help protect your computer from viruses and fraud? For more information, see Security in Microsoft Office 2010.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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7 comments
  1. Anonymous

    IT IS SO NICE N DESCRIPTIVE GUIDANCE WHICH EVEN CAN BE UNDERSTOOD BY A LAY MAN

  2. Anonymous

    Good Job

  3. Anonymous

    It is good to have these tips which can be understandable by someone like me.

  4. Anonymous

    thanks :)

  5. Anonymous

    IT IS NECCESARY DAY TO DAY UPDATES FOR ANY TOPICS OR FILES TO REQUIRE UPDATES.OTHERWISE IT CREATES CLOUDS AND VIRUS SO PREVENT IT USES UPDATE GIVEN BY MICROSOFT TECHNICAL TEAMS.

  6. Anonymous

    You said "Get the Tips".      Now I find that there are no fewer than 7 links to be followed up.    You must think we have lots of time to spare!

  7. Anonymous

    These TIPS are good, BUT, what we need is for an organisation which we can send these SCAM e-mails to for analysis, and catch the SENDER of these despicable Fraudulent Offers and cons.

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