How to Use the Internet Safely Part 1: Introduction

On a recent Q&A session I did on Facebook, my friend Tracy asked the following question:

Here’s something that always aggravated me about my HP when I still had a PC. You pretty much can’t avoid malware, spyware, etc. But, there’s a ton of free or open source anti-virus, anti-spyware, anti whatever software out there. I used AVG and Spybot on the recommendations of friends. But I still ended up with things they couldn’t cure. So, I ended up only using the internet by sandboxing. What’s the best way for someone to make the most out of open source protection for their PC?

I didn’t have the time to do that topic justice at the time, but I think it’s important enough to have its own dedicated article and video.  Tracy asked how to use free software to keep her PC clean, but I’m expanding the topic, and calling it “How to Use the Internet Safely,” because none of the tools or knowledge you need to do it cost a dime.

Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch