The Dark Side of the Internet

The Dark Side of the Internet

Protecting Yourself and your Family From Online Criminals

Book - 2006
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In less than a decade, personal computers have become part of our daily lives. Many of us come into contact with computers every day, whether at work, school or home. As useful as the new technologies are, they also have a darker side. By making computers part of our daily lives, we run the risk of allowing thieves, swindlers, and all kinds of deviants directly into our homes. Armed with a personal computer, a modem and just a little knowledge, a thief can easily access confidential information, such as details of bank accounts and credit cards. This book helps people avoid harm at the hands of Internet criminals. It offers a tour of the more dangerous parts of the Internet, as the author explains who the predators are, their motivations, how they operate and how to protect against them.
Provides a detailed overview of predators on the internet, from hackers to stalkers, and offers advice on how to avoid the traps.

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The author introduces the types of threats posed to users of the Internet by the range of "criminals and deviants" populating the Web. The focus is more on the motivations and behaviors of people and less on technological matters and now prior technical knowledge is required. The author has included greater coverage of neglected areas by sacrificing coverage of topics that have been discussed extensively elsewhere. He presents the material in four sections that deal with cyberterrorism and information warfare; malware (malicious software) and their creators; phishing, e-mail fraud, auction fraud and other forms of identity theft; and issues related to online relationships such as cyberstalking, suicide clubs, and hate speech. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2006
ISBN: 9780275985752
Characteristics: xv, 253 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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