Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering Web Spammers, Stalkers, and Con Artists

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As the number of Web users continues to swell, so do the numbers of online opportunists, con artists, and miscreants. 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 computer users will share in victims' stories and advice on how to handle Spam, identify scams such as phishing, and deal with privacy invasion, financial scams, cyber stalking, and ...

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Overview

As the number of Web users continues to swell, so do the numbers of online opportunists, con artists, and miscreants. 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 computer users will share in victims' stories and advice on how to handle Spam, identify scams such as phishing, and deal with 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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"I found helpful information on every page. This is a top-shelf addition to my 'due diligence' library." —Gene Galusha, narrator, The New Detectives and Investigators

"Filled with real-world examples, hard advice, and Web pointers. An eye-opener for those who think the Internet is only a virtual world." —Vinton Cerf

"Shows how to recognize cybercrime, how to avoid it, how to defend yourself against it, and where to get help when you need it . . . good advice on encryption and anti-virus software . . . an extensive list of resources you can contact if you are a victim, and a glossary for the newcomer."  —The Electronic Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910965729
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/12/2006
  • Edition description: Second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

J. A. Hitchcock was herself a victim of cyberstalking who, following that experience, went on to become a victim's advocate. She is an Internet crimes and security expert and president of WHOA (Working to Halt Online Abuse). She lives in York, Maine. Vinton Cerf is widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet" for his work as codesigner of the TCP/IP
protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He is senior vice president of technology strategy for MCI.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2007

    Everything in one package

    The resources and statistics listed are worth the cost of this book alone. Hitchcock covered every aspect of online safety that I am aware of, and listed only the most credible and current resources. Very readable - I went straight through the 400 pages in under 4 hours, with cookie breaks. This is definately a worthy desktop reference book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    Terrific book - a must have!

    If you want to know the secrets of staying safe online, whether you want to shop, bid or sell on eBay, get rid of spam, bank, keep your kids safe and more, than this is the book for you! I have it next to my computer for quick reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    Offers insights and tips on preventing everything from identity theft to internet dating, newsgroup problems and more.

    This revised, expanded second edition of Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering Web Spammers, Stalkers, And Con Artists comes from a cybercrime expert who provides easy, efficient methods for handling a wide range of online attacks. Himself a one-time victim of cyberstalking, Hitchcock became a victim's advocate and so doesn't come from a programmer's background. Her coverage therefore is most accessible to the lay consumer â¿¿ the most likely victim of such crimes â¿¿ and offers insights and tips on preventing everything from identity theft to internet dating, newsgroup problems and more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2006

    Absolutely essential

    Jayne Hitchcock outlines the dangerous world of Internet stalking in a clear, understandable, and comprehensive fashion. Spam, phishing, cyberbullies, and everything in between are outlined, explained, and referenced with chilling, relatable real-world examples. I recommend this book for everyone who spends more than a few minutes a day on the Internet. It'll make you smarter, safer, and much more secure in your dealings with the wild world of the Web.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2006

    A Former Victim of Cybercrime

    J. A. Hitchcock's insight and expertise will enlighten each reader. This book should be mandatory reading before anyone ventures online. Hitchcock knowledgeably steps beyond sensationalism to present real life stories illustrating the pitfalls and dangers lurking online, followed with straightforward preventative solutions. The author's expertise, intertwined with victim accounts, and even occasional humor, make this book engaging reading in addition to being an indispensable resource.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2006

    I should have bought this book a long time ago

    I had heard about the first edition of this book, but never bothered. I honestly thought I knew everything about being online. Then I had a bad experience and heard the 2nd edition was coming out. I bought it at the first chance I could and believe me, I have been kicking myself for not buying the first edition. All the advice given in this book is wonderful. I even found a situation similar to what happened to me and the advice was so simple, I couldn't believe it. Now this book sits next to my computer and I've found myself pulling it out to read about whatever I am doing online. Don't think you know everything - you don't! Trust me on this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    A MUST HAVE for Moms!

    Identity theft, forgery, harassment . . . its happens to thousands of people every day, children included. It is estimated that more than sixty percent of children between the ages of 13 and 17 have a Myspace profile, my own children are included in that percentage. I thought that frequent supervision, placing our computer in the kitchen, and an expensive computer software program would be sufficient to protect my children. I was wrong. With tips from this book, I quickly changed simple computer settings that could ultimately prevent my children, or myself, from becoming a cybercrime victim. The details that Jayne Hitchcock includes in this book about victim prevention and the procedures to follow if you are victimized, are clear and to the point. A review of cybercrime laws, victim experiences, and the psyche of perpetrator motivation make this type of book, which could be otherwise boring, very interesting! This book is a MUST HAVE for computer rookies, experts, high school students, and every Mom in America, including mine!

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