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This time of year, people all over the world are getting together to celebrate the people they love. And we’d like to use the grand finale of the Get Real Sweepstakes to thank you for letting us help protect your irreplaceable content, relationships and time.

Throughout this year, we’ve shared a lot of the best tips we have for protecting yourself online:

And this leads us to the last Get Real question: What is the best online security tip you’ve heard this year?

Choose from one of our tips or from another source you trust (which we can’t vouch for, of course). Read the rules and post your answer in the comments below for your chance to win a Nokia N8, and F-Secure Mobile Security and F-Secure Internet Security 2011.

Here’s a little peak out how our Mobile Security will protect the winner’s phone:

You have until January 1, 2011 to enter. So best of luck and here’s to a wonderful holiday season for you and yours and a very happy 2011.



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5 Things to Remember Whenever You Open a Web Browser


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There is one main thing everybody needs to learn and that it everyone needs internet sercurity for anything that links to other internet or other computers. Also it never hearts to look for or know the signs of threats.

I am sick and tired of trying to tell my sister-in-law to get some form of security on their 3 computers. The do online banking, online betting, catalogues, emailing, facebook, hotmail and mountains more and have NO security at all and her partner and kids say security slows the machine down to much. My arguement is without security they could have no computer, no money in their bank accounts, their ID’s stolen and even more. Some people just don’t want to know and they cause problems for the rest of us.


What a coincidence! First tip you’ve mentioned above is my favourite: “How to create and remember strong passwords”. I have now my own protocol of creating passwords.

I think there are lots of people who click on everything and anything when they are facebooking so your post titled: 6 Tips for Safer Facebooking was my fav. In particular, filtering friends was something I didn’t do before but I do it now. Thanks for a year full of great giveaways and Merry Christmas to everyone at F-Secure.

shred all papers and documents with personal info –dont just rip in half and throw away..if you live in no mans land, just take em out back and burn them. =)

For me it was the article on how to create stronger passwords. I actually started using the ideas found there, and in the comments below.

As more and more data is becoming web-based, knowing the “5 thing to remember when you open a web browser” is critical. By using these techniques on your computer and being vigilant about them, you will protect yourself from potential scams, secure your data on the web, and keep yourself knowledgable about your data.

Be extra cautious when trying to enter your username/password when you’re on a public Wi-Fi, hackers may attempt to steal your details.

…That sometimes website just don’t use https:// as default. But you can still check out if it’s there and do more secured logon to the site.

Mathematical Equation

Web (Online) < Privacy Privacy > Security = F-Secure Mobile/Internet Security Suite
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I found out last year about debit cards not reimbursing any fraud losses, so I though the best tip this year was a site that was recommended where you can get a free card that you can reload with cash. This essentially creates a fee free credit card that isn’t a credit card cause you are loading the cash for your purchases up front. There is no fraud liability since it isn’t tied to any account. Thanks! thebubbledies(at)gmail(dot)com

Clear the cache before you browse the web, as your log-in details and other personal information may be stored there …and can be exploited if you visit a compromised or malicious website. The free ‘CCleaner’ from Piriform will do this simply and thouroughly.
Otherwise, just use the browser’s own in-built function.
Also it’s very important to only enable javascript and flash on sites or pages which you trust implicitly ..and those for which it’s entirely essential, or you may get served up much more than you’d asked for!
I use the ‘NoScript’ add-on for Firefox, because it ‘learns’ as it goes and will offer some protection against cross-site scripting exploits (as happened to recently) well as blocking Flash Objects.

This is more than just one tip.. yet it’s the best and simplest advice which I could give anyone aside from those points that have already been mentioned here.

Password tip – memorize a sequence of symbols and mixit in with passwords (that way you can save passwords where ever and nobody knows them)

Creating strong and secure passwords is always a good thing to be reminded about. Also good to let people know about FB privacy and security issues.

Answering the question is a piece of cake. I will continue reading Safe and Savvy and the best I’ve learned so far is to remember five things whenever I open my browser.

I like this “How to create and remember strong passwords” i will use it right now, but i have one simple rule for internet “don’t click on everything you see or you don’t know”


best online security tip you’ve heard this year is when ever you login to yahoo,gmail,hotmail,etc..
to login your account,just check the check box”keep me signed in” should b unchecked..
because if it is checked then person sitting after you on pc will get access to all your data in your account..

Now this is the week i want to win!! As for tips i agree everyone needs some type security hands down! Now the tips about passwords is the one everyone needs to know! Not only a good password but also remember it! I can tell you how many times i spent helping someone with their computer only to spend a unneeded half hour for them to figure out their own password!

Well I really hope i win this! Good luck everyone!!

Those all are so good ones so I took time to read them again. “How to secure your location”

I’ve read all your tips on how to securely browse the web, may it be on Facebook or other sites, social networking included. And my most favorite is this, from your article “6 Tips for Safer Facebooking”:
6. Don’t rely on Facebook to protect your privacy

A lot of people simply ignore the privacy settings on Facebook thinking that they don’t really need to worry about it. But, based on my experience, it’s extremely important to only show some information or some of your posts to a chosen few and not everyone on your list. I hope more people would get to read that article.

The best tip for me is How to create and remember strong passwords. We need to become more diligent with this and I have changed many of my passwords to make them stronger

Wow, this was hard, as I had many favorites this year. The articles I used most though were ones on FB security and browsing security. Creating stronger passwords was interesting, as I have been using a similar idea for a few years now. Recently I’ve also enjoyed the articles about virus/trogan etc.

I’ve passed alot of the FB security along to my friends, many of whom have a false sense of safety while using FB. When my friends ask me how I know soo much about FB security and other security issues and I always answer ” F-Secure ! “.

To help protect your credit history and your peace of mind, you can try F-Secure Internet Security 2011 for free today.

I like your tips which titled “5 Things to Remember Whenever You Open a Web Browser”. I always remember it.

I would say dont trust any ads since many of them seem to be a hoax or scam. And in facebook dont trust those chain messages

The option “5 Things to Remember Whenever You Open a Web Browser” is, for mine opinion, the best sugestion.

don’t take part in competitions where you can win expensive things. They never will be delivered to anyone, only your address will be taken and you get spammed or worse. F-Secure is excluded from this warning 😉

Never turn on your precious PC with a flash drive attached to the USB port. Nasty viruses might easily spread before your antivirus program starts up.

Basically, it was to watch the kind/amount of information I shared about myself on the web because it’s not as safe as it looks

Sad to say, but the best in my opinion the tips on how to navigate the nighmare called facebook “security” are those I appreatiate. And to a greater extent the “security” of social media as a whole.
Ok social media is ment to be “social”, but it acts like you can’t enjoy a day on the beach unless it is a nude beach.

The best online security tip i’ve heard this year was “6 tips for safer Facebooking”…..!!!

Recently I read somewhere that you can combine your master password and a string describing the web service, then take a md5 or sha hash of that string and use a certain part of that hash string as your password for that site. That way you get a different password for every single site and your master password still stays secret. There are even some tools to automate all this.

You should never use your full name.
If you ever do, you should go get a name change if you are having problems finding a job or other difficulties.
This is critical because you never know how someone will interpret information on the internet or in the public domain to be more specific.

People’s opinions are subjective and something trivial can blow up in your face.

I’m in the process of changing my name, but this is for personal reasons.

To pick just one: “Turn on the spam filter inside your brain”.
(It is from your excellent list: 5 Things to Remember Whenever You Open a Web Browser).

In other words: Your brain is the ultimate tool to stay safe online!

Check for Padlock on your browser, when you are making an online payment transaction, just to ensure that the page is secure and the content is encrypted.

How to create and remember strong passwords is a favorite because I have alot of accounts online and I am a member to many sites and trying to remember them all is crazy so any help is great.

How to Save Face: 6 Tips for Safer Face booking
5. Click carefully
The biggest dangers on Facebook are the links that appear on your wall. With one bad click, you could end up on a site that attempts to serve you malware or scam you using phishing tactics. One, bad ‘like’ and you could end up spamming all of your friends. That’s why you have to remember that links are not your friends.

Another one is use a virtual Keyboard to login to your bank account site.

Best security tip, watch security on facebook . .. don’t click on unknown links. Lurking
dangers abound on facebook, limit personal info on the site and shared through the site.

Since I consider myself as a certified shopaholic, the best tip for me was The 7 Ways to Shop Safely Online. It is true that you must spend a little time to learn more about the seller. Check first if she/he has a feedback section or some proof of shipping or anything that can prove that he/she has successful transactions with his/her buyers. You don’t just trust right away because there are a lot of scammers nowadays. I was once scammed because I trusted right away. I didn’t bother checking out the seller’s info. Oh well, lesson learned. 🙂

Anyway, your articles are very helpful and informative. I’ve learned a lot of tips. Thanks! 🙂

My favorite story was “How to create and remember strong passwords”. Being someone who is a bit paranoid with online security, I found it very helpful considering I frequently change my passwords. Thanks for the great contest

How to secure your location.

I don’t want anyone to know my location, it’s enought to myself to know my own location.

Not shabby product! I often ran across unsecure wireless networks at eg. hotels and have to be very aware of what I’m visiting via those networks. Mobile Security and Internet Security 2011 looks to be a sure winner, as not all networks allows VPN tunnels.

All tips are good, but probably the “5 Things to Remember Whenever You Open a Web Browser” is the best, nowadays web browser is everything in a computer.

I think the best tip is the one on how to creat and remember stronger passwords. Too often we fall into the trap of using the same password for everything. I know I initially get frustrated when they force me to change my password at work every 3 months, but to be honest, I should be doing that with all my personal passwords too. And, I should utilize your tips!

julie_reuter92 at yahoo dot com

When using credit cards, only make online purchases when you’re on a protected PC in a secure network.

Probably one of the best things to appear lately is the HTTPS Everywhere extension for Firefox.
It will give a secure connection throughout your entire Facebook session and make your standard Google searches encrypted as well as rewriting standard HTTP request to HTTPS on sites which support SSL.
An encrypted connection will defeat side-jacking techniques or applications such as Firesheep.
Information on it (plus a download link) is available from ‘Electronic Frontier Foundation’ via the URL below.

“Turn on the spam filter inside your brain.”

this was a gem i’ve actually been advocating to all my fellow m8s all along. its just a simple common sense that we won’t be considered for a lottery for which we never brought a ticket!

another one wud be ‘before even signing on to any browser check for any unheard/dodgy sounding addon/toolbar (which may sound too good to hear, instant lottery notification anyone??) and avoid using that PC itself, for it may be a suspect of many a spyware/adware/nastyware infection.

How to create strong passwords is such an important and basic security measure….everyone has passwords, so if affects everyone’s ability to remain safe.

though I don’t want to echo everyone’s answer, it is true to have a strong password. That, and don’t click on links or open attachments that you don’t know!

Best security tip all year – Don’t use your computer on unprotected hotspots unless you can VPN or ensure that your connection is https (secure). FIRESHEEP is scary.

For me the best is “5 Things to Remember Whenever You Open a Web Browser” because I think are first things to learn before using the web: change often the password,use an antivirus or be careful when you receive a suspect email. If you want avoid inconveniences a great help come from Internet Security 2011 by F-Secure.

Never, ever trust your computer to be safe from invasion. All the millions of CT Students around the globe are trying 24 hours a day to find ways of beating the on-line security systems.Some just for fun but some have really nasty intentions !!

Always use F-Secure to protect your equipment and your information from attack. For what it costs to purchase and install it is un-beatable protection.

If you keep valuable info on your hard drive, please either back it up or download it onto a stick

The best online security tip I’ve learned is that there are scammers that claim to be a bank, claiming that my bank account has been compromised and sends an e-mail to people with links to fake sites. One of my friends received one of the e-mails, and she clicked on the link but was smart enough not to put her account information on the fake site. Instead she just called the bank and they checked her account and they said everything was fine and that the e-mail was probably a scammer. Now, I have my eyes open for these scam e-mails and scan my computer for viruses often!

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the best Security tip i have heard is 6 tips for safer Facebooking.
Because People on Facebook never care bout their privacy and safety.
so tips would be helpful for safer facebooking.
thank you.

Thanks for the tips. All tips are valuable for securing and protecting online. The one of my favorite tip is “5 Things to Remember Whenever You Open a Web Browser”
Kind regards

My best security tip I ever heard is to apply a different kind of approach to your security app lineups. This is involve of a virtualization or sandboxing most of your internet getways like browsers, messengers and email. More secure that didn’t depend on the virus signatures.


I will be honest 😉

The best security tip handed here was using of strong and random password, which most people don’t do as often and regularly.

Btw Congratulations for producing a highly effective and improved F-Secure Internet
Security 2011 😀


I always remember that “Don’t enter sensitive information on a public computer”. Secondly, it would be “keep your system up-to-date”

Thank you
Happy new year

I read & shared the article above “How to create and remember strong passwords”, great tips and so simple to remember also. Thanks & happy new year.

Just set computer with strong passwords, install Antivirus & Firewall, never use any cracks or patch softwares & watch out your downloads & web surfing.That will be good enough.
Best Regards

Definitely “How to create and remember strong passwords”
I’ve been using a comparable scheme for quite some time, but using such a post from a respective security company helped me convince at least two friends to pick up such a scheme.

How to protect your Facebook account from hackers, spammers and clowns is the best tip i i came accross with all the content in that tip.

How to protect yourself against Credit Card fraud has great tips on how the proctet yourself from credit card. Useful

Create strong passwords & safe online ,certainly a good antivirus (like FS IS) is a must could ensure computer online security.
Happy New Year !

7 way to shop safe online is the best article i read this year.As i am frequent only shopper I like this article most.Yes the main thing is dont trust each and every site and update and clean your system with your security software.

Always read the webpage address with full concentration wrong addresses can take u to Fake pages(phishing), eventually making u lose ur ID. Also read about the content supplier everytime when opening pages like ur internet banking account or Paypal or alertpay

The best online security tip i have heard this year?

its obviously your best post i liked : Key logger


it was really an eye opener for me..

your comments :
“”Avoid entering sensitive data such as credit card number and online banking log-in credentials on a public computer. With so many people using the machine, it is possible that a malicious or risky program might have been installed there, whether intentionally or accidentally. For instance, someone could get ahold of your credit card number through a keylogger program and use it to make unauthorized purchases, or replicate the card. “”

were awesome..
i learnt a lesson..

thank you for the giveaway and a happy new year!!! 🙂

There have been lots of good tips this year, the best being “7 ways to shop safely online”, “How to create and remember strong passwords” and all the Facebook articles.

To have 3 different passwords-the really good one for things you really need to keep secure-the not so good one for medium level security and then the worst one for things you don’t care about that aren’t giving any identity information away.

So many things you should be doing, so little room to mention the best of them.

If there’s one tip I could recommend, it’s protect yourself through good password management & selection.

There’s a ton of good tools out there that are designed to help you manage the various passwords and credentials you use in your day-to-day web life. From helping you to select unique and secure passwords for each site, to backing up your credentials securely into ‘the cloud’.

Find the tools to help you select and manage your passwords, and this’ll put you one step closer to a secure and easier life online.

Best tip is one I relayed on to F-secure help desk: make the mobile suite and anti-theft available in the Android Market so we can download it from there. It’s the only way I can download on AT&T. And it’s better to continue to do that than to allow downloads from other places than the Market which may not be safe downloads.

“What is the best online security tip you’ve heard this year?”

Just one? No can do.

* Know where you are going and go there; don’t “surf”.
* Install WOT (Web of Trust) as well as McAfee SiteAdvisor. Neither are perfect but they will help you realize when you are where you shouldn’t be,
* Get and USE a solid anti-virus program. It does you no good if you turn it off.
* Develop strong passwords and change them regularly, at least every quarter but once a month is much better.

As more and more is moving to Internet and it feels impossible to keep up-to-date, it feels more important than ever to have a virus program you can trust in.

For me, the best tips were given by Mikko Hypponen in a talk about organized online crime at TKK.
It raised awareness (in me) for several of the risks inherent to web surfing, online shopping, etc., as well as some tips to avoid some problems (mostly online fraude schemes).

I would go with “How to create and remember strong passwords.”
This is the basic thing.Passwords are very important and play a crucial role in one’s security whether its John or any organization.So folks have strong password and until next time stay secure.Wishing u a gr8 Safe & Secure Internet New Year.

Passwords were hard to handle before your tips. I also appreciated tips concerning FB and protecting friends there too.

6 tips for safer Facebooking – it’s fascinating what kind of personal information people expose to strangers in social media.

The best of tips says: use strong password. I change my passwords and now there are really strong 😀

my favorite tip was creating a strong password. I couldn’t believe so many people had the same password!

6 tips for safer Facebooking definitely. Social networking is only increasing in importance both at work and home, learning safe usage habits is a necessary evil

“Six tips for safer Facebooking”, as I was new to Facebook and needed an easily understandable security primer with examples of how to configure my privacy settings. You provided that, for which you have my continued gratitude — but as a user of F-Secure products on my home computer, I expected nothing less from you and you stood up to that expectation.

the best online security tip i’ve heard this year: never EVER use unsecured wifi for important transactions.
it’s ridiculously easy to steal data from other computers on the same network.

Dedicate a laptop to on-line banking (basically financial use only) and never use it for other uses like e-mail.

Except for the security software, just use less-known programs for browser and add-ons, mail, office suite and other applications

A pretty simple tip, but very useful, that I heard this year was: putting the letter ‘s’ after http. That is, force use of the HTTPS protocol. This is useful to have a secure browsing, encrypted, especially at login time on sites like Facebook, Twitter or shop sites, for example.

The tips that has given me most thought are the ones about wireless intrenet security. I knew you had to encrypt and pwd-protect your WLAN network but I learned a lot of new details about how and why, and what kind of threats there can be. So my computer no longer automatically connects to the wirelsee network on startup, and I use wpa2-psk encryption.
Happy new year! 🙂

I choose “6 tips for safer Facebooking definitely. ” i’ve read it entirely and since im using Fb a lot less;-)

Use common sense and maintain a balance between your real life and your virtual life. This is also applicable for work. If you think that certain work-related material are not worth done on-line, then do it the old fashioned way. As much as technology has helped us in making work transactions faster, nothing is more safer than going out there and doing stuff. Electronic banking has helped us, but if it’s convenient for us to just pop into a bank to do transactions, just do it. E-commerce has opened us up to worldwide shopping, but you don’t need to go on-line to get some sugar and cereal. Only use these on-line options when necessary and use common sense when being on-line. And when it comes to keeping in touch with our friends. Just give them a telephone call, they’ll be glad to hear your voice and may appreciate it more than a facebook post.

As we are using web most of the times for social networking, ‘6 tips for safer Facebooking’ is selected by me.
Thanks & Happy New Year 🙂

The best thing that I’ve heard last year about using safely the PC is to create a limited account for each user that uses my PC, like my mom and dad, and also to use the admin account only when I want to install something, because it is safer to do that. This advice plus having an antivirus in your PC will keep safe all my data.

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