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The Avoiding Scams Online blog has moved to and is now part of the new "Internet Crime Fighters Organization"
- Founder/Director of the Internet Crime Fighters Organization
- Founder/Director of Kooiii Stay Safe, My Safety Net Blogs and Avoiding Scams Online Blogs
- Author of the Internet Users Handbook now in the draft of its 3rd Edition
- Founder of the Internet Scams Anonymous Groups - To be replaced with Internet Crime Fighter Groups
- Author Internet Risk Management
I have been a part of the computer community from the ticker tape and punch card days, have witnessed not only the birth and growth of the Internet, but also the safety and security problems that we face today.
After 6 years of continuous Scams and Fraud investigation at a personal expense exceeding some 50K; some lessons learned include that Scams and Fraud are, but a small part of the bigger pie called Internet Crime or CyberCrime.
At last read, the average reported losses for scams and fraud were about $4600. However, Security Threats can shut down your equipment; therefore, your business at the click of a link.
As a prelude to the Internet Crime Fighters Organization, the Stay Safe and Safety Net Blogs recognized the need for greater coverage of Internet Crime. Internet Crime typically includes both on and offline activities, and whether it be a scam or a threat; it is easier and more rapidly spread via the Internet and social media sites.
- Is a members only site and free to join
- Supported by donations and sales
- A work in progress
Members help create greater public awareness
- Though sharing of information, links and such
- Inviting their friend to join us
- Repeat the process
- Strength in numbers
- Recommendations and content contributions are most welcome
Why Internet Crime Fighters Organization?
- Combating crime on or offline is best brought about by creating awareness of ones surrounding, learning what risks exist and what steps to help offset those risks
- Sharing that knowledge with others
- The primary goal is to increase public and member awareness of Internet Crime
- Increase member support and sharing with others
Internet Crime is increasing spread through social networking
- As organized crime moves online, Internet Crime may
- Arguably have more victims
- Become a larger world problem
- Become more expensive to control than offline crime
Internet Crime – Security Threats
How the internet platform and social media are used to spread threats, viruses, malware, through computer systems, networks, and mobile devices
- It is a monumental task, but every new member that share the objectives increase public awareness of Internet Crime
- What are the Internet Crime – Security Threats?
- What is denial of service attack?
- What are viruses?
- What is malware?
- How to keep my computers and devices from such threats?
- Join us as a member of the Internet Crime Fighters Organization, share and invite your friends
Internet Crime – Scams, Spam and Fraud
Learning how to recognize and avoid scams and fraud online are no longer enough:
- Protecting your children online, is not enough, because that school yard bully will likely become another cyberbully.
- Offline peer pressure becomes online peer pressure
- Be careful that email from a long lost friend is probably a link to a virus or malware to either disable your internet device or perhaps steal your identity, password, etc by recording your keystrokes
- Offline crimes have become online crimes while other offline crimes such as rape, murder, suicide may be aided by the internet connection
- Imposters present themselves as your bankers, friends, and even the FBI
- That pretty girl online just wants your money in return for love, pictures, cams, etc.
- So does that male that seems to be interested in your love and wants marriage, but needs airfare; the dating scams
- Join us as a member of the Internet Crime Fighters Organization, share and invite your friends
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Online Resources – OnGuardOnline
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OnGuardOnline.gov is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. The Federal Trade Commission manages OnGuardOnline.gov, in partnership with the federal agencies listed below. OnGuardOnline.gov is a partner in the Stop Think Connect campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
- Avoid Scams
- Secure Your Computer
- Protect Kids Online
- Be Smart Online
- Video and Media
- OnGuard Online Blog
Scam artists use clever schemes to defraud millions of people around the globe each year. Being on guard online can help you maximize the benefits of the internet and minimize your chance of being defrauded. Learn how to recognize common scams and what you can do to avoid them. A broad range of schemes are posted for your use, easy to read and informative Tech Support Scams Don't be tricked by scammers who call and claim they can "fix" your computer. Avoiding Online Scams Ten steps you can take to avoid scams and Common Online Scams Tricks that con artists use to get people to send them money. Spam What you can do to reduce unwanted commercial emails and the ever popular Phishing What to do about messages that ask for your personal information
Secure Your Computer
The internet gives you access to countless products and services. At the same time, it can leave you open to scammers, hackers, and identity thieves. Learn experts' top tips for how to protect your information and your computer while online. Recent posts include Computer Security Tips to help you secure your computer and protect yourself from hackers, scammers, and identity thieves, Malware Tips for avoiding, detecting, and getting rid of viruses and spyware ns Securing Your Wireless Network Steps to take to protect the wireless network in your home
Protect Kids Online
Kids have lots of opportunities for socializing online, but they come with certain risks. Parents can help reduce these risks by talking to kids about making safe, responsible decisions. Hot topics include Kids, Parents, and Video Games Information for parents about video game ratings and parental controls, Child Identity Theft Warning signs that someone may have misused your child’s personal information and what you can do about it Kids’ Privacy Information about parents’ rights under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), Talk to Your Kids Tips for chatting with kids about being online, Kids and Socializing Online Tips for parents whose teens use social networks and Cyberbullying Tips for parents about how to prevent or stop cyberbullying.
See related post National Bullying Prevention Month October 2012
Be Smart Online
The internet makes many everyday tasks faster and more convenient, like shopping, researching products, banking, searching for health information, and communicating on the go. Get tips for being safe and making the most of your time online. How about Cookies: Leaving a Trail on the Web A Q&A about cookies, which allow companies to track your online behaviour, Shopping Online Infographic, Tips to get a great product at a great price when you shop online, Comparing Products Online, Tips to help you avoid spending more than you have to – or responding to a bogus offer posted by a scammer, Understanding Mobile Apps, Questions to consider before you download mobile apps, and more Shopping Online Tips you can use to help ensure hassle-free online shopping
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Internet Information You Probably Never Thought to Ask About
Connection speed Mashable (9/11), the average worldwide connection speed today is 580 KBps, 2011 – South Korea enjoys the world’s fastest connections speed at 17.62 MBps, followed by Romania at 15.27 MBps.
The United States musters a very pedestrian 4.93 Mbps — good for 26th in the world — while China, home to the world’s largest Internet population, manages a dismal 1.96 Mbps.
1991 NSFNET traffic passed 1 trillion bytes/month and 10 billion packets/month and passed 10 Trillion bytes per month by 1994
1992 The World Bank came online
1994 The White House launched its first online email service, their website launched in 1994. The United Nations goes on line. Mosaic takes the Internet by storm (22 Apr); WWW proliferates at a 341,634% annual growth rate of service traffic. Gopher's growth is 997%.
1996 Internet phones catch the attention of US telecommunication companies who ask the US Congress to ban the technology (which has been around for years)
Restrictions on Internet use around the world:
- China: requires users and ISPs to register with the police
- Germany: cuts off access to some newsgroups carried on CompuServe
- Saudi Arabia: confines Internet access to universities and hospitals
- Singapore: requires political and religious content providers to register with the state
- New Zealand: classifies computer disks as "publications" that can be censored and seized
source: Human Rights Watch
See Robert H’obbes; Zakon Timeline for more interesting data, growth stats and graphs
The very first message to be sent between two computers – a breakthrough that helped usher in the internet and Mail Online – was sent 40 years ago, but crashed after just two letters were received. Celebrating at a small party Kleinrock, who led the team that first got two computers to communicate online via a network called ARPANET, added: 'The internet is a democratising element; everyone has an equivalent voice. There is no way back at this point. We can't turn it off. The Internet Age is here.'
The computer expert could never have imagined that the fledgling internet would one day give rise to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. He referred to spam emails, online scams and malicious software spread by crooks as an unexpected dark side of the internet.
'The net is penetrating every aspect of our lives,' Kleinrock told a gathering of about 200 people in Los Angeles.
'As a teenager, the internet is behaving badly, the dark side has emerged. The question is when it grows into a young adult, will it get over this period of misbehaving?'
Security News Daily December 2011 reports Spam Hits Lowest Point Since 2008, and now make up just 70.5 percent of all emails, according to Symantec's new Intelligence Report. Symantec's report suggested that the decrease in spam volume may be a result of the recent takedowns of the Rustock and Coreflood botnets, massive international networks of spam-spewing computers that the FBI disarmed earlier this year.
According to Internet World Stats 2011 we have over 2,095,006,005 users online, a penetration of 30.2% of the world’s population and a growth of 480.4% for the years 2000-20011, increasing each year.
The year 2010 has been one of the worst years for online scams, with a 111.4 percent increase of malicious website creation since 2009. Websense, the leading information security company, made their online scam statistic findings public. Websense reports that this year, 79 per cent of malicious codes were found on legitimate, trusted websites such as search engine Google or blogging center WordPress. While e-mail scams decreased by 0.7 percent, nearly 90 percent of fraudulent e-mails referred the reader to a malicious site, and 9 percent of scams still happen through e-mail alone.
However, check your Phones. Mobile Phones are being used for nearly everything today – protect your identity and telephone number, 2012 is bound to bring us an increase in phone scams, spam and malware. How many messages are you willing to receive per day before your throw away the phone?
The numbers are still coming in for 2011 and on. Are you prepared to do business online and do you know how to recognize and avoid the Scams?
Thanks for reading