Help kids navigate their online world

(NC) Many of us roll our eyes when we see one of those official-looking emails everybody gets but nobody wants. But we may not understand how dangerous they can be.

Spam email takes many forms —a lawyer trying to contact you about an inheritance from a long-lost relative, a foreign prince who wants to send you money, or a tax collector who needs your bank account number.

More than a nuisance, these messages can expose your computer to spyware or “phishing” attempts to collect personal information. All told, when you receive spam, it’s best just to delete it rather than open or respond.

Canadians can protect their personal information by not opening emails from unfamiliar people or organizations. Use one address for trusted contacts and a second for online shopping and social media. It’s also a good idea to install security software and update it regularly.

Find more tips on protecting your inbox, computer or mobile device from spam at


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