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Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering the Spammers, Swindlers, and Stalkers Who Are Targeting You Online [Paperback]

J. A. Hitchcock
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May 28 2002
As the number of Web users continues to swell, so do the numbers of online opportunists, con artists, miscreants, and psychopaths. Recognizing this danger, this book provides a reader-friendly guide that helps Web users identify, avoid, and survive online predators and protect their families. Detailing a broad range of abusive practices, ordinary PC users will share in victims' stories and advice on how to handle junk e-mail, "flaming," privacy invasion, financial scams, cyber stalking, and identity theft. Provided are tips, strategies, and techniques that can be put to immediate use, as well as laws, organizations, and Web resources that can aid victims and help them fight back.

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This book by Internet crime and security expert Hitchcock advises Internet users on how to preserve their safety, security, and privacy at home, in the workplace, and in educational environments. The chapters range widely, covering spam, hoaxes, online shopping and banking, auctions, adoption fraud, stolen identity, flaming, protecting children, protecting university sites and students, workplace safety, encryption, and protecting your computer from viruses and worms. A summary of online security and safety issues rounds out the text. There is abundant concrete advice on handling problems on the Internet, including how to analyze issues, whom to contact, how to track down perpetrators, and how to take preventive measures. This is surprisingly easy and interesting to read, with the author using many apt examples for illustration. Another recent book that covers a portion of this material is David Wall's Crime and the Internet. With an extensive list of online resources, Hitchcock's useful book is highly recommended for all libraries.
Mary Jane Brustman, Univ. at Albany Libs.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Revealed at last-the secrets to all the spam that comes through your email...without exaggeration, this advice will benefit millions. -- Clive Cussler

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5.0 out of 5 stars Scary, yet informative Nov. 19 2002
I have to admit that when I first picked up this book, I was thinking "Oh no, another book to scare people off the Internet." But as I began skimming through it, I kept finding things that I did online, such as auctions, shopping, newsgroups, chat rooms and more. Before I knew it, I was reading this chapter by chapter and actually making notes as I went along, realizing that although the book does have some horror stories (actual case examples), it offers very useful and commensense advice.
I even thought my computer was protected with the antivirus software I had installed until I realized there's a lot more to it than just installing it and that a firewall is a must.
Actually, this book is a must for anyone - buy this for yourself, members of your family, your friends, anyone who is online. It's not written like a "Dummies" book, so even if you think you know everything about the 'net, you'll still enjoy this book.
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I picked this up at a local bookstore on the advice of a friend - I'm new to the net. Wow! I was amazed at the stories about what happened to others online, but this book shows you how to protect yourself from being scammed, stalked, harassed, hacked and more. Plus, if something does happen to you, there is advice on what steps to take. I especially liked the chapter about spam and how to report it. I now have this book next to my computer for easy reference. It's a must for anyone who is online!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Eye-Opener for Online Hazards! Dec 18 2003
This book is a very realistic volume about the dangers present on the Internet, and what just about anyone can do to be safer. The author begins by describing her own experience with being stalked online then offline. The impact of her story is that this kind of thing CAN and DOES happen.
Hitchcock then begins moving through a variety of online dangers, from stalking to spoofing to scamming. Each danger she describes is very much present. Her words should not be taken lightly by a reader with little or no experience with the Internet.
The best pointer I received from this book was the lack of security in email. The author describes email more as a postcard than a letter written and sealed in an envelope. Since I write many emails and sometimes address sensitive ministerial issues, I have begun using and promoting free encryption and digital signature software.
For people who spend any amount of time online, whether it be email, chat or shopping, this book is a MUST. It is one of the best summaries of online hazards I have read. This one is well worth the price!
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