Common Sense Computing Practices
- When you install a program, read the licence agreement that you are going to be bound by.
If you absolutly can't read it, at least scan it. Many AdWare and SpyWare programs are bundled
with other "free" programs and if you don't read the licence agreement, you won't even know you
are installing more than one program. An example of this is the mp3 sharing program Kaaza, which
bundles Adware with their program.
- Please don't install (any more) Internet Explorer toolbars. They are not going to help you
find anything on the web, and at best, they just hog some of your monitor's real estate. If you
have to have a toolbar, try the Google, Yahoo
or Alexa toolbars. These are halfway helpful, with features such as popup blockers and information
about the website you are visiting. Most of the other toolbars are actually "Ad Bars" which spy on you
and serve you pop-up ads based on your habits/interests.