8 Internet Survival Rules

Did you know President Obama signed Executive Order 13738 which outlawed the pledge of allegiance in public schools?

He actually didn’t, but that didn’t stop it from being posted all over the internet. FYI, the order does exist but it’s an amendment to the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Act.

Check out this video. It’s like the nightmare you have about showing up for work in your underwear.

The internet is full of landmines. It’s a place where you can lose your job because you clicked reply all instead of reply to an email. People have lost friends because they spread false information, especially during the presidential campaign (this had gotten so bad, “False news” is the new buzzword). And sadly, lots of men have lost lots of money because they gave their personal information away or got hacked.

What’s the answer?

Here are 8 internet survival rules to keep you out of trouble online

  1. Pay attention when you reply to an email. Do you want to reply the sender or everybody on the list? PRO TIP: ‘reply all’ is the second option. But a good rule of thumb is don’t write anything in an email you’d be embarrassed to see on a billboard (i’ll let you fill in your favorite Hillary joke)
  2. An email is like a bullet, you can’t bring it back. So, be sure to proofread OUT LOUD before you hit send. BONUS TTP- When you’re mad, write the email as a draft so you can read it the next day before you send it.
  3. Don’t type in all caps, it’s the equivalent of SHOUTING.
  4. Everything you do online is being recorded somewhere. There is no such thing as anonymous browsing.  This is the warning Chrome pops up when you use incognito mode “You aren’t invisible. Going incognito doesn’t hide your browsing from your employer, your internet service provider, or the websites you visit.” There is NO WAY to surf the web so that no one but you knows what you looked at. Period.
  5. Become a digital pack rat. Make multiple copies of your stuff. I keep the original on my computer, then I have an external hard drive that backs up constantly and then I also have a dropbox account with a copy of everything in the cloud.
  6. Restart it when you can’t figure why your computer is acting weird. There aren’t many problems this won’t solve. But if that doesn’t work, google is your friend. You’ll be amazed how many people have had the same problem you’re having and have written specific instructions on how to deal with it. Youtube is another great resource. There are videos showing how to deal with any issue you’re going to have.
  7. Don’t believe everything you read online. In fact, don’t believe most of it.
  8. Don’t be a jerk. The internet is full of liars and trolls so don’t add your name to the list. Be nice. Be courteous. Just act like you would if the other person could punch you in the throat.

What did I forget? Leave a comment with your best practices.


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2 thoughts on “8 Internet Survival Rules

  1. Great article. Good idea to get a VPN also to give another layer of protection between you and the rest of the internet that is trying to track your every move. It’s also a great way to protect yourself when using public wifi, like a coffee shop. There are several VPNs out there that can even secure your phone.

    Secure your WiFi router. Start by changing the SSID and making it invisible, then set the password to at least 8 characters. Try to avoid words. You should also set up a “guest” network on your router so if you have friends over, you can share the internet access without exposing your home network resources to them.

    Cloud storage and backup is cheap and easy, just stick to the big ones like Google, Microsoft, and Dropbox. These companies aren’t going anywhere and they depend on your trust about your privacy, so they don’t mess with your stuff.

    Another Pro-Tip for email. If you are sending out an email to a distro list, and you want to avoid people being able to “reply-all” to the email and spamming the whole list, put the addresses in the BCC line. So when someone does hit reply all, it only comes back to you, the sender.

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