Suggestions for Internet Safety

The Internets are wonderful tools to learn, create, and connect with those we love.  However, we must use extreme caution when using the Internets, just as we use extreme caution in where we go at certain times of the day.  Some websites are informational; others are a waste of time; some website are even dangerous.  Here are some of the things I do to avoid pornography online.  I hope they will be helpful to you.

I always use two Firefox extensions to add a few layers of protective armor to my browser, at home, work, and school:

Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus, or ABP, removes the vast majority of advertisements online, many of which use inappropriate images. If any slip through, you can simply right-click the image and block all ads in that space using regular expression rules.

If you use Adblock Plus, will you also want to use Adblock Filterset.G Updater.  This extension automatically updates the latest version of the filter list of your choice (I use EasyList).

WOT, Web of Trust

While ABP will protect you from some of the border-line inappropriate images while loading a site, WOT, or Web of Trust, will help you to avoid entire websites that might be untrustworthy or down-right dangerous.

WOT works because thousands of individual users rate websites in four areas:

  1. Trustworthyness
  2. Vender Reliability
  3. Privacy
  4. Child Safety

WOT adds a friendly colored circle next to each hyperlink.  If the cicle is green, then other users have rated the site as safe and trustworthy; if the circle is yellow, proceed with caution.  Red circles indicate dangerous websites.

I strongly recommend these add-ons for anyone who uses the Internet.  Cheers!

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