Along with the ghosts and goblins running around town this month, there are also some spooks lurking online, seeking out ways to spread viruses or part you from your cash or personal information. Here, 5 tips to keep your computer safe.

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) and The U.S. Department of Homeland Security have these Halloween-inspired tips that will help you stay safe while you work, play and shop online.

Don't trust candy from strangers.

Anyone with an internet connection can write and publish anything they want at any time, but that doesn't make it true. Never accept any statement or advertisement as fact -- instead do your research. You can find out if a source is reliable by checking them out at the BBB's website.

Many online scammers spoof email addresses so they appear to be coming from your bank or online payment service, so be suspicious of anyone asking you to verify account information. (I was nearly fooled by an email that I thought was coming from Paypal, when it turned out to be a fake email address.) Do not give your financial information to anyone over email, and refrain from opening attachments from someone you don't know.

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