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March 31, 2008 Thousands of unsuspecting (gullible) internet
surfers are being robbed
Yes -Thousands of unsuspecting
(gullible) internet surfers are being robbed of millions of
dollars by Internet fraudsters every year - and it seems to be
In the past few days alone, reports in newspapers from Canada, The
United Sates, England, the Philippines and other countries
highlighted many of the successful Internet Scams - successful for
the criminals - devastating for the innocent people sucked in by
visions of easy money.
Example - last year the Nigerian Scam cost 152 Canadians 5.2
million dollars. Another 4000 lost an estimated 18 million through
fake lottery letters. Not bad enough, 4633 Canadians had their
identities stolen and were defrauded to the tune of 6.4 million
And it's not just happening to Canadians. Do a quick Google search
for Internet Fraud News and you'll see reports from California to
New England on millions of dollars being stolen from thousands of
High speed Internet access and sophisticated software make it easy
for the cyber crooks to blast out 10's of thousands of the fake
emails - and even if their hit rate is only 1 in 10,000, they can
steal thousands of dollars and personal identities from that one
unlucky person alone.
There are literally dozens of internet scams, some so subtle and
clever that it's difficult to avoid being suckered in until it's too
Unfortunately, Senior Citizens are among the main targets.
Not many of our elders (who may still be on the Internet Surfing
learning curve), are aware of the many scams being aimed at them.
I prepared a brief
Free report that describes 12 of the most
It's in PDF format, easily downloaded at only 7
pages, easy to print, read, and share with your families and
Here's your opportunity to help a less experienced person avoid the
loss of critical financial resources and still enjoy the pleasures
of the World Wide Web.
... a good data file backup
routine would be an asset for anyone who creates important personal
or private business data files.
Backing up your favorite programs and most necessary files online
can not only save you the headache of trying to reinstall
all of your favorite software and precious files should
your PC crash, but it also allows you to access your files
anywhere in the world with the click of a button.
Online file storage and backup solutions are perfect for
people who carry their files to and from work every day and are
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Malware - What To Do When It
Strikes Your Computer
I'm tempted to introduce this article with "I Told You So - Beware of the malware or This Could Happen To
It's an excellent case history example of the dangers lurking on the
Internet and it very aptly demonstrates the sophistication and
cleverness of the malcontents and cyber criminals who are polluting
the World Wide Web with Trojans, spyware and worse.
Botnet owners and organized crime, no
longer just adolescent joy seekers, are
out to steal our identities, personal financial information, Social
Security numbers, and safe use of the Internet.
As an experienced web master and Internet Marketer, Eric Holmlund had the
knowledge and experience that enabled him to take the proper actions
to overcome the infestation in his computer.
many of us are less able to figure out how to respond to Computer
Killer attacks like this, I asked Eric if his experience could be used for
this article - it's loaded with helpful tips.
A Reminder - Hackers
accessing and taking control of a computer is a serious risk today
with the widespread use of "always on" broadband internet.
Hackers exploit vulnerabilities in legitimate software or use
trojans or viruses they have implanted to gain control of a
computer. They can then use that computer to send unsolicited
commercial emails (spam) or for other illegal activities. The idea
here is to shield the Hackers from detection as the illegal activity
appears to originate from the computer they have taken control of -
In order to minimize risk of hacking attacks, it's important to
ensure that software used - including the operating system -
is kept up to date by installing all vendor supplied updates and
upgrades, especially the critical and security related updates.
An effective firewall is a vital defense against unauthorized access
by third parties. A firewall could be installed on the modem
used to connect to the internet or as a software program that
runs on the computer. It serves to control who and what programs
are allowed to accept or make connections with the internet.
A firewall can also be useful in detecting and controlling programs
like keyloggers which attempt to call home.
Does all of this sound familiar? Of course it does. So
today's reminder is to encourage you to be sure your protective
tools are up to date.
At her "Net
Family News" blog today, Anne Collier posted comments on how
sites like Facebook make it easy for school students to bully their
peers. The example cited refers to student activities in a Palo Alto
California high school.
Thanks go to Ms. Collier. She is again alerting parents to cyber
bullying activities that we may never hear about from our kids. See
my January 15th post on
Cyber Bullies and our teen aged
Security for Kids
"At Home Computer Time" Safeguarding
children from Internet predators and material that simply isn't
appropriate for their viewing requires serious parental controls,
rules, and guidelines during "at home Computer time".
Children may protest but a
few hours of their complaints is well worth the peace of mind
knowing that nothing should be getting through that you don't want
them to view.
No doubt that this will result in some difficult moments, especially
when your teenager's friends may have greater computer surfing
liberties in their homes.
Peer pressure can be a major problem for teenagers. You can help
make it easier to handle for them if you let their friends' parents
know that you are enforcing strict computer safety rules in your
home. Share your methods and
them to tell you how they are handling internet security in
The internet has sometimes been
compared to the wild, wild west. Part of the reason is because in
those early days of the frontier, the law was in place to protect
citizens of the land but in many cases, it was hard to enforce and
outlaws ran free to defy laws without fear of being stopped.
When it comes to protecting our kids who go online, in a lot of ways
it is the 'wild west' out there again in cyber space
Today's cyberspace is in many ways, an untamed frontier. The cyber
predators may not be as evident as were the "cowboys" and "outlaws"
who were fairly popular in Tombstone, Arizona, scene of the OK
Unfortunately, today's "cyber outlaws" hide behind the anonymity of the
Internet where they can't be seen.
Online computer security is
critical right from the moment you boot up your brand new computer.
Check through this brief
Refresher list to confirm that you're up-to-date with your Online
Install Anti-virus and Anti-spyware software on your computer before you start surfing the first time.
The difference between a computer virus and spyware is - a
virus is a malicious piece of computer code that can be planted
on any computer and can result in destruction of your file systems.
A spyware program collects information about you
without your knowledge or consent. Spyware does not spread like a
It doesn't hurt to take
a few minutes to refresh your thoughts on the security of your
computer system - one of these reminders might just save you
from a lot of virus grief.
Tags,Internet Safety Rules,
February 1, 2008
Personal Security Threats to Young
Cell Phone Users
There aren't many teenagers around
who don't have their own cell phone in order to keep in touch
with friends and family.
improved their cells dramatically providing many advanced mobile
features which have increased potential risks in terms of both
privacy and security. Parents and teenagers alike need to be
aware of these threats.
How Young People Are at Risk
Advanced features on cell phones tend to include:
E-mail Internet Instant Messenger Downloading
Now when surfing the internet anywhere, you are at risk
of security threats. If you order something online your details can
be stolen. The main problem with teenagers and internet on their
cell phones, however, is that they are not being supervised.
The dangers which come with surfing and talking online
can usually be supervised at home. However, if you are the parent
of a young teenager, it's almost impossible to monitor
what they are doing while they are out with their friends.
Read how one Mother handled the situation after her son
'accidentally' surfed onto an adult entertainment website, and how
another parent selected a strategic place to supervise their
children's surfing forays.
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February 1, 2008How Did
You Teach Your Children To Be Safe
When They Were learning to Surf the Internet?
We'd love to learn how you taught your kids to
be cautious and careful and avoid the threats from online scammers
and pedophiles when they were learning to explore the "web".
As parents, grandparents and guardians, we
are reminded constantly to help our children enjoy the pleasures and
excitement of the Internet in safety.
My own grandchildren learned how to boot up their family
computers at a very early age. For the youngest of
them, it was simply a matter of watching their older sisters and brothers as
they chatted online with their friends, worked on their school lessons, and
explored the mysteries of the cyber universe.
parents recognize that the Internet provides an exciting and
learning experiences for their children. Teaching online safety, and
learning together is a wonderful way for any family to enjoy it.
Your experiences and successes could help a lot of other parents and
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Tags: kids Internet safety
February 1, 2008
Protecting our Kid's
(*)I'm a proud grandparent of 9
precious grandchildren and the last thing in this world that I ever
want to see is someone hurting them.
I'm certain that this
doesn't make me any different than every other parent, grandparent
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What is a bit different, however, is that I have an opportunity to
help other parents and grandparents do something to help protect our
young children from the most heinous people who prey on them
when they're playing on the Internet - the pedophiles and child
predators hiding in the cyberworld.
I do this through my websites and blogs - usually through news
alerts and product announcements. This message is a product
The product is an eBook I just prepared from information I
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there's a price for this one, but it's only $6.95, and you can
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If you order the eBook and find that it doesn't help you understand,
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February 1, 2008
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A breach in your personal privacy
protection could easily lead to
hackers, online, and offline thieves stealing your identity.
Identity Theft is the
fastest growing crime in America, affecting
approximately 900,000 new victims each year!
More than ever, the information explosion, aided by an
era of easy credit, has led to the expansion of a crime
that feeds on the inability of consumers to control who
has access to sensitive information and how it is
Can we fight back? Yes! One of the best ways is to be
informed of the tricks and ploys used by Identity Theft criminals
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