Traffic Exchange admins make a huge effort to keep your surfing safe, with the help of the TEToolbox and HitsConnect checkers, but sometimes problems will still slip through.

You can protect yourself and reduce the frustration by following these simple tips:

1. Always have antivirus protection. Without that you are a sitting duck. Click here to read an article which offers several free antivirus options.

2. Keep your software updated. Often when you log on to your computer you will see a notification saying that you need to update your browser or other software.  Don’t ignore those updates!  You need to install them right away, as these often contain security updates to combat the latest known threats.

3. Use Firefox instead of Internet Explorer for surfing. Internet Exporer is one of the most commonly-used browsers, and for this reason a lot of virus and other nuisance programs are built to target it.  Firefox is less of  a target, and apparently has more security built in to it.  You can download Firefox in your language here.

Note that you can still keep Internet Explorer to use for your everyday surfing if you like it better, but for traffic exchange surfing you are better off with Firefox.  You will also experience less frame breaking with Firefox.

4.  Never click on supposed “Scans” which tell you that your computer is in danger, or needs scanning.  These programs are often not genuine, and they will take over you computer and cause problems.  If you see a window pop up with something similar, press the Alt key and hold it down while you press the F4 key.  That will close that window for you.  Then run your antivirus program right away.

The only thing which should be scanning your computer is your own Anti-Virus program.

If you want some hints on how to keep your computer running well and how to avoid or reduce frozen browsers, surfbars, etc., please click here to read my blog post.