Protecting Yourself

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Protecting Yourself on the Internet

Undesirable Content

Information from www.ispa.org.za
What can ISPs do about undesirable content?
ISPA has commissioned a paper by Paul Esselaar with regard to the issue of undesirable content.
In this paper the first issue that is addressed is the stakeholders who hold the keys to the flow of information via the Internet. Only these stakeholders are in a technically feasible position to filter or block content. Thereafter we focus on the definition of what constitutes “undesirable” content and the degree of “undesirability” of that content. A crucial next step is to differentiate the concepts of content blocking and content filtering as they are substantially different and are often misnamed in the popular press. The next section considers the practical implications of “opt-out” and “opt-in”” Internet connectivity, where end-users would be provided with the choice to either opt-in or opt-out to receive certain undesirable content (such as adult pornography). The crucial role of education with reference to the many dangers present on the Internet is considered as well as the mechanism of Take-Down notifications which is already present in South African law. Finally some recommendations are made as to whether content should be filtered and if so, the practical ways in which the various stakeholders would be able to assist in combating undesirable content.
Download the paper: ISP Undesirable Content.pdf

Protecting Minors

Information from www.ispa.org.za
Websites
The following sites have useful information or programs for protecting minors from problematic online content;
AccuPos: Point of Sale and Online Shopping Safety Guide
CBTPlanet: Computer Security in the Social Media World
Certstaff: A Comprehensive Computer Safety & Security Guide
Cyberangels: World’s oldest and largest Internet safety organisation
GetNetwise: Educating parents and children about how to use the Internet safely
KidShield: Tools and information to create a safety net for your children online
Mobilebroadband: index to resources for Internet Safety for Kids
NetSafe: the website of the Internet Safety Group of New Zealand
ProtectKids.com: Protecting children in cyberspace
SafeKids.com: Making your family’s online experience fun and productive
WiredSafety.org: the world’s largest Internet safety and help group
Comparitech.com: Protecting children’s privacy

A Guide to Internet Fraud

Information from www.complaintslist.com
Types of Internet Fraud
FBI Internet Crime Report – Informative report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the criminal habits and the rise of reported fraud online.
Internet Fraud Information – General information about the problems of Internet fraud from the U.S. government.
Internet Fraud Detection – SEC information on investments and the potential for fraud, and information on how to prevent or detect being a victim.
Internet Fraud – Well documented article about various types of Internet fraud that is being attempted.
Internet Fraud Law and Definition – Legal definition and information of Internet fraud is outlined in this web page.
Internet Fraud Definition – Basic definition of what is Internet fraud and how it occurs.
Online Fraud – Helpful information describing the various types of online fraud that is in existence.
Net Fraud – Useful site giving readers information on many different aspects on Internet fraud and some prevention ideas.
Crime on the Internet – Informative site for consumers discussing various kinds of crime on the Internet.
Cybercrimes – Information on the nine different types of cybercrimes that are typically found on the Internet.
Phishing – FTC information on the online scam method and how to avoid being a victim.
Pharming – Helpful page describing the online fraud method which is similar to phishing.
E-Scams and Warnings – Information from the FBI on the latest electronic scams along with warnings on how to avoid being a victim.
Identity Theft – Authoritative site discussing the problems associated with criminals attempting to assume someone’s identity and how to prevent it from happening.
Prevention Tips
Prevention Tips – Site providing tips to prevent being a victim of online crime and fraud.
Avoiding Internet Fraud – Helpful page with information and tips on how to avoid Internet fraud.
Credit Card Fraud – Informative page with helpful tips and hints on how to avoid being a victim of credit card fraud.
E-commerce Fraud Prevention – Helpful tips on various types of e-commerce and what people should watch for online.
Fraud Prevention Education – Useful page providing educational information on how to avoid being a victim of fraud.
Online Scam Prevention – Useful page with information and tips on how to prevent being a scam or fraud victim.
Fraud Prevention – Information for consumers on Internet fraud prevention with tips that can be easily followed.
Scam Prevention Tips – Tips from the Better Business Bureau on how to avoid being a scam victim.
Phishing Prevention – Informative page providing information on phishing and how you can avoid being a victim
Fraud Recognition and Prevention – Information on fraud, how to recognize being a victim and how to prevent being a victim.
Reporting Fraud
Internet Crime Complaint Centre – Official site for reporting instances of Internet crime.
How to Report a Scam – Information on what people can do to report being a victim of a scam.
Online Reporting Form – Form that can be used to complete an online fraud complaint.
Consumer Fraud – Helpful page of information that is used to report consumer fraud.
Consumer Complaints – Useful site where consumers can report an instance of fraud.
Report Fraud – Informative page where consumers can report a fraudulent financial activity.
Over the past decade the public has been exposed to more potential online fraud. Electronic scams and frauds using phishing, pharming, email and other methods have been more common. The key to not being a victim is education and common sense. If you are asked to provide information online and you are not certain whether it is legitimate or not, then don’t do it. To be safe, contact the place requesting the information to ensure that the request was legitimate.
As a rule to follow, simply use common sense. If you have a bad feeling about a request, then don’t do it. And be safe online!

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