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The following is an outline of the steps you can take to protect your internet equipment from a potential internet equipment scam or cyber-attack.
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Before You Get Into the Business2.
Make Sure Your Equipment Is Secure3.
Check the Status of Your Internet Equipment4.
Know Your Rights5.
Protect Yourself Against Cyber-Attack1.
Before You Get into the BusinessBefore you get into the business of online shopping, you might want to consider checking the status of your internet-related hardware.
Some of these devices are susceptible to online phishing scams.
There are several reasons why these devices might not be in working order.
For instance, if a malicious party attempts to access the device, they might be able to gain access to its network and possibly take other actions that are detrimental to the owner’s computer or computer system.
Another common phishing scheme is that of an impersonation.
For example, an online retailer might post a fake or misleading product listing, hoping to convince the customer to purchase a product they don’t want.
You can be sure that the device is in good shape and will be ready to sell if an attacker attempts to exploit the device.2.
Make Sure Your Internet-Related Hardware Is SecureIn addition to the basic precautions outlined above, you need to make sure your equipment is secure.
The following steps will help you keep your equipment in good condition.
If you need help, ask your supplier to help.3.
Make sure Your Equipment is SecureThe internet is a place where information is shared and where it is vulnerable to hacking and malware.
Any unauthorized person can compromise your device and gain access.
A device can be easily destroyed if a security breach occurs.
Make certain that the security measures in place are strong and secure.4.
Check Your Status of Internet EquipmentBefore you purchase an internet-connected device, you should check the status.
Are the devices operating properly?
Do they appear to be in good working order?
If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you may want to take the device apart to verify that it is functioning properly.
It’s also a good idea to check the current status of the device and see if there is any new hardware or software updates available.5.
Know your RightsAs a consumer, you have the right to the products you buy online and to any intellectual property rights you may hold over the products.
You also have the freedom to dispute any misrepresentations you receive on the products and make complaints if necessary.6.
Know the Rights of Internet-Equipment OwnersIf you are buying an internet equipment product that you own, you can be confident that the owner is the rightful owner.
You have a right to inspect and control your device at any time.
If a device does not comply with the manufacturer’s terms and conditions, you must take the product to the manufacturer for repair or replacement.
If your internet service provider (ISP) does not provide you with this information, you also have a duty to inform them about the matter.7.
Protect Your Computer and NetworkSecurity software and hardware are crucial to keeping your computer and network safe from malicious and unauthorized access.
The online retailer may not be able, or unwilling, to help you determine whether your device is secure enough.
However, the manufacturer can help you understand the risks associated with your device.
You can get a free report on the security of your computer from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA), a nonprofit organization that researches and helps businesses and individuals with information technology issues.
You will also need to contact your ISP to get a copy of your device’s security status.
If the security status on your device does seem low, it could be that the ISP may be upgrading your equipment.
If that happens, you will need to do the same to get the same level of protection.8.
Know The Rights of Owners of Your DeviceIf you have purchased an internet connected device, it’s your responsibility to make certain that your device owner has the rights to the equipment.
For instance, the owner of the website you use to browse the internet may have rights to it.
Your ISP can help ensure that you are receiving the best quality and value for money online.
If they don�t provide this information to you, they should.9.
Check for UpdatesIf your device or software update is available, it will notify you about the new version of the software or hardware.
If an update is not available, you still have the rights you had when you bought the device or equipment.
However that update will not include any information about you or your online shopping.
If you’re worried about your