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Dealing with Internet Abuses and Hazards (Hoaxes, Viruses, Personal Risks, and Spam)

These sites all have a common element - dealing with the perils and problems associated with the Internet. This page provides links to information on four kinds of Internet abuses and hazards. Please read our disclaimer.

Internet Hoaxes

There are a number of old Internet hoaxes which continue to resurface on the net, taking advantage of the new users. These hoaxes take the general form of proporting to be a warning about some dangerous email message, piece of software, etc. You can protect yourself from these hoaxes by learning more about them.

ICSA Virus Lab: Alerts and Hoaxes
The International Computer Security Association (ICSA) provides these "hoax pages" as a way of informing people about the hoaxes that are circulating and whether they are a problem or not.

Internet Hoaxes
The Computer Incident Advisory Capacity (CIAC) of the US Dept. of Energy describes the most common Internet hoaxes.

Symantec Anti-Virus Research Center: Virus Hoaxes
"A comprehensive list of viruses that DO NOT EXIST, despite rumor of their creation and distribution. " There is also access from this page to the Symantec Encyclopedia of Viruses that DO exist.

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Personal Risks

These resources will help parents and teachers prepare students for such hazards on the Internet as pornorgraphy, pedophiles, scams, requests for personal information, requests for money, etc.

Child Find: Child Safety on the Information Highway
Included in this site is a brochure, written by Lawrence J. Magid, that has been circulated quite widely on the net. Articles "put the issue in perspective", outline the "benefits of the Information Highway", describe "the risks", provide "guidelines for parents", and suggest "rules for online safety" that would be appropriate for kids.

Cookie Central
Information on cookies (e.g., why they were developed, how they are used, why some people don't like them, what you can do about them) and downloadable free software to deal with them.

Crime on the Superhighway
An internet safety meta-list site that focuses on protecting children. There's an extensive set of links to other sites (e.g. on pornograpy, fraud) as well as specific information on pedophiles.

Fraud on the Internet
The National Institute for Consumer Education has prepared this mini lesson plan to help students identify and describe examples of Internet fraud and to list ways to protect yourself from Internet fraud.

From Now On
"From Now On" is a monthly commentary on educational technology issues. These two editions deal with issues on protecting children from Internet dangers.

[The] Internet Advocate
This site provides a great deal of information for parents and teachers who wish to deal with providing students Internet access in a positive educational manner. Information topics include "respond to inaccurate perceptions of porn on the net", "promote positive examples of youth Internet use", and "develop an acceptable use policy".

Internet Filtering Software
This is an appendix to a report from the US Federal Trade Commission. It includes an overview of filtering software along with comments on nine popular software products.

Internet Filtering Software
The Direct Marketing Association provides descriptions of popular filtering software along with links to the home pages of those software products.

Internet Safety
This link is to a section within the World Kids Network where students are given advice on how to deal with online troublemakers and how to avoid those problems in the first place. In addition to Internet safety tips, there are also sections on email netiquette, messaging netiquette, and chat room netiquette.

Notes, Advice and Warnings
Here are some notes, advice and warnings which will help kids determine what they would do if during their web browsing they came across certain situations, for example: someone wanted their password, real name, address, or telephone number; if the material was too grown up; if they disagreed with what someone said; if they received unwanted email; etc.

Safety on the Internet
This site provides a great starting point for a wide variety of Net Wise resources that would be useful for kids as well as parents.

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SPAM is a term that has come into common useage for unsolicited or junk e-mail. This can take the form of someone posting the same message to many newsgroups or listserves. Or, you might receive SPAM through unwanted email messages advertising some company or service. This form of junk mail is becoming more and more of a problem on the Internet.

Alt.Spam FAQ
Frequently asked questions and their answers on spamming.

Blacklist of Internet Advertisers
The Blacklist of Internet Advertisers is "intended to curb inappropriate advertising on usenet newsgroups and via junk e-mail. It works by describing offenders and their offensive behavior, expecting that people who read it will punish the offenders in one way or another."

How to Get Rid of Junk Mail, Spam, and Telemarketers
Tips, techniques, specific addresses to write, and numbers to call to get off junk mailing lists and telemarketing lists.

Net Abuse FAQ
Frequently-asked-questions, and their answers, on net abuse (mainly spamming).

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A computer virus is a program that is hidden within the code of another program. The virus is set up to replicate itself and spread to other programs on a person's computer. Viruses can be desctructive or benign.

Anti-Virus Links
A meta-list of links to resources dealing with computer viruses. Links are organized by category: anti-virus [software] program sites; virus encyclopedias; virus information sites; anti-virus oriented FTP sites;

ICSA Virus Home Page
The National Computer Security Association (NCSA) is "an independent organization offering objective views and opinions on computer security issues. We strive to improve computer security through the sharing of knowledge, dissemination of information, and certification of security products."

Symantec Anti-Virus Research Center: Virus Encylopedia
An alphabetically-arranged database of descriptions of thousands of viruses and a search function as well.

Virus Bulletin
Virus Bulletin is an international publication focusing on the technical developments in the field of computer virus prevention, recognition and removal. The site contains reviews, analyses, pictures, and statistics.

Virus Central
Everything you need to know about virus, including these features: virus alerts, a virus glossary, technical papers (e.g., fact sheets, papers on prevention and cures), statistics, a list of current viruses, and a virus enclopedia.

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