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Here are some tips for protecting your computer and privacy by using a common sense approach to online security. Never give out sensitive personal information, such as your credit card number, social security number, or passwords, in an IM conversation. Only communicate with people on your Contact List or Buddy List. Never agree to meet a stranger in person whom you've met on IM. Never accept files or downloads from people you don't know. Never accept files that you weren't expecting from people you do know. Each IM program assigns you a name, not unlike an e-mail address. This name is usually called a screen name. Choose a name that doesn't give away your personal information. For example, use SassySue instead of DetroitSue.