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Computer Safety

The following are precautions that you can take to make your computer as safe as possible so that your privacy is protected.

Cache and History Cleaning and Erasing Cookies
Once you have finished your visit to our site, we recommend that you clean your cache and history and erase the cookies on your computer so that people are not able to track what you have been doing. Below are step-by-step directions on how to clean the cache and history on your computer.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If someone is tracking your computer usage, they may grow suspicious if all records of internet activity disappear.  If you think that someone may be tracking your computer usage, please think carefully about whether or not you will want to complete these privacy steps.

What is Cache?
The cache is an area of the hard disc where web pages are stored when a page is downloaded from the internet.  This allows for recently viewed pages to be viewed quickly or even when you are offline.

What is History?
History is a list of the different URLs (or websites) you have visited. This history memory is what fills in the address line for you when you are returning to a website you have visited before.
To see your history on a Mac, type Apple + H.
To see your history on a PC, type Control + H.

What Are Cookies?
Cookies are storage files that collect personal information such as your name, address, phone number, that you have given out on internet sites.  This information is then used to speed up the interactive process when you are online such as automatically filling in certain blank boxes. For instance, when you go to Amazon.com you may notice that the advertisements seem to be relevant to your interests.  This is because your reading and music preferences are stored in cookies so that the web page can advertise specific deals that fit your taste.

Clearing the Cache and History:
Firefox for the MAC :
Clearing the Cache:
1. Click on Firefox from the top menu
2. Under Firefox, click on Preferences
3. Click on Privacy
4. Click on the tab labeled Cache
5. Click on Clear Cache Now button

Clearing the History:
1. Click on Firefox from the top menu
2. Under Firefox, click on Preferences
3. Click on the Privacy icon
4. Click on the tab labeled History
5. Click on Clear Browsing History Now button

Erasing Cookies:
1. Click on Firefox from the top menu
2. Under Firefox, click on Preferences
3. Click on Privacy icon
4. Click on the tab labeled Cookies
5. Click on Clear Cookies Now button

Firefox for the PC:
1. Select Tools from the top menu, and Options from the drop down list.
2. Click on the Privacy button in the left menu.
3. To clear the list of sites that you have visited, select History and then click the Clear button.
4. To clear your Cookies and Cache from the Privacy list, and then click the Clear button.

Internet Explorer 6.0 for the PC:
Clear the Cache:
1. Select Tools from the top menu, and click Internet Options
2. On the Internet Options window, click the Delete Files... button
3. If you are prompted for confirmation, click OK

Erasing Cookies:
1. After clearing your cache you can continue on to erase your cookies.
2. On the Internet Options window, click Delete Cookies... button
3. If you are prompted for confirmation, click OK
4. Click OK to return to Internet Explorer.

Clear the History:
1. Select Tools from the top menu, and click Internet Options
2. Click on the Clear History button
3. When you have completed the changes you wish to make, click OK

Additional Ways to Protect Yourself Online
Updating Windows:
Windows operating systems are constantly updating and adding elements that keep you safer.  You should make sure that your Windows is as up-to-date as possible by going to "Use Microsoft Update to Help Keep Your Computer Content" (http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/update/msupdate_keep_current.mspx)

Protecting Yourself from Viruses and Spyware:
We recommend that you always use up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware programs in order to keep you computer safer.  Below are some links to sites that will direct you to both free and paid anti-virus and anti-spyware programs.
Paid Software:
Top Ten Anti-Virus Programs (http://anti-virus-software-review.toptenreviews.com/)
Top Ten Anti-Spyware Programs (http://anti-spyware-review.toptenreviews.com/)
Free Software:
Google Pack (http://pack.google.com/pack_installer_required.html)
Freebyte's Guide to Free Anti-Virus Software (http://www.freebyte.com/antivirus/)
Tech Support Alert's List of the 46 Best Freeware Utilities (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best_46_free_utilities.htm)
The Anti-Spyware Guide ( http://www.firewallguide.com/spyware.htm) which has links to both free and paid programs

Protecting Yourself from Keystroke Logging:
Keystroke logging is when someone has installed hardware or software onto your computer that tracks all of your typing and the keys you have used. This means that they can see what sites you have visited as well as your usernames and passwords. This is a dangerous and aggressive form of tracking and can be difficult to determine if it is installed on your computer. For more information on how to see if you have keystroke logging, and options for its removal, visit the following article: Privacy Watch: Don't Let Anyone Secretly Track Your Keystrokes

Google Desktop Search
Google Desktop Search is a new and popular way to search files in your computer faster.  Although this is a nice and innovative feature, it also poses a security threat because it saves log-in names and passwords, webpage history and accessed information.   We suggest that if you have Google Desktop Search on your computer, you disable it before proceeding through the Fightforzero website so that your personal information will be protected.

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