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Security secrets the bad guys don't want you to know

(Robert McMillan, ComputerWorld) You know to keep your antivirus program and patches up to date, to be careful where you go on the Internet, and to exercise online street-smarts to resist being tricked into visiting a phishing site or downloading a Trojan horse. But when you've got the basics covered, but you still don't feel secure, what can you do?

Here are a few advanced security tips to help you thwart some of today's most common attacks:
1. Avoid scripting - This may be the one piece of advice that will do most to keep you the safe on the Web: steer clear of JavaScript, especially on sites you don't trust.
2. Back out of rogue antivirus offers - Rogue antivirus programs have emerged as one of the most annoying security problems of the past few years.
3. Sharpen your password game - People have to remember too many passwords on the Internet. Everyone knows this, but most of us get around the problem by using the same username and password over and over.Hackers know this as well, and they're happy to use it against you.

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