Executive Review - Internet Users Handbook, 2012, 2nd Edition
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INTERNET USERS HANDBOOK, 2012, 2nd Edition
A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO AVOIDING SCAMS WHILE DOING BUSINESS ONLINE
2009. UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock said: "'It's the 40th year since the infant internet first spoke. "The fridge-sized computer that sent the very first email 40 years ago... but crashed after just two letters were received
Kleinrock, who led the team that first got two computers to communicate online via a network called ARPANET, added: "'The internet is a democratizing element; everyone has an equivalent voice. There is no way back at this point. We can't turn it off. The Internet Age is here" The computer expert could never have imagined that the fledgling internet would one day give rise to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
He referred to spam emails, online scams and malicious software spread by crooks as an unexpected dark side of the internet. 'The net is penetrating every aspect of our lives,' Kleinrock told a gathering of about 200 people in Los Angeles.
(The World Wide Web, w w w, or the Internet as we know it today was released 1991. In the same year, Brazil connected to the internet at 9600 Baud.) Zakon Timeline
Professor Kleinrock went on to say ‘As a teenager, the internet is behaving badly, the dark side has emerged. The question is when it grows into a young adult, will it get over this period of misbehaving? ' Daily Mail Reporter
INTERNET USERS HANDBOOK, 2012, 2nd Edition addresses the dark side of the internet as it impacts every online user; the student young or old whether online for socializing, gaming, studies, or all of the above.
Every business online from an individual start-up to the world largest corporations faces the risk on online viruses, spam, scams or fraud. Even Government bodies or agency cannot escape the increasing dark side of the internet.
Every internet user regardless of why they are online; be they individuals - from the youngest to the most senior citizen. Students, teachers, professors cannot escape the darkside. Company or corporate owners, directors, management and employees, and government officials from the most senior the newest staffer needs to be educated and made aware of the risks that the use of the internet poses to them.
These risks extend from them personally, to their individual mobile devices, from the smallest computing device to the largest of networks, regardless of the budgets available.
As the internet continues to multiple its user base, awareness of these various risks also grew. Groups, websites, Blog and article attempt to spread the word. Some focus on a particulate brand of scam, i.e. Nigerian Letters, PTC Investigations, MLM, Email fraud, Identity theft, etc. As they try to make us more aware, they have taken up the impossible task of maintaining lists of banned sites.
Until our Handbook, first introduced in 2009 as a support manual for our Internet Scams Anonymous (ISA) Groups, no one had addressed the bigger picture; that is anyone that has an email address and logs onto the internet is or may be exposed to any and all to the various online scams and malicious viruses. It is better to educate the user about risk and risk avoidance from the email headlines from unknown source, the suspicious free download, the fake bank emails, etc. rather than merely provide lists.
According to Internet World Stats 2011 we have over 2,095,006,005 users online, a penetration of 30.2% of the world's population and a growth of 480.4% for the years 2000-20011, increasing each year. The year 2010 has been one of the worst years for online scams, with a 111.4 percent increase of malicious website creation since 2009. Websense
Offline, the scammer generally was let us say one-on-one with their potential victims; however, the Internet with a growth of over 44% per year of new users or Newbies, the scammers have found a haven for Internet crime. One scam or virus can reach thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of users or devices
Let us take for example
Our sons and daughters let us say age 8 or above can connect with the classmates on Facebook by falsifying their birthdate. Unless we supervise them, they are eligible to befriend a predator. Everything about the predator can be falsified, a man pretending to be a young girl, pictures and all.
A recent Facebook malware was disguised as a message allowing you to activate a "Dislike Button" to go along with the "like button". Activating this option then sends all of your online activity, password's, accounts etc. to the author. Your child could have activated this without out your knowledge leaving your computer and activities completely exposed. SophosSecurity
Perhaps your child or our students are gamers. Other than the fact that the scammer are constantly looking for information and your credit card data, the next Free Game may include a virus to shut down your system
Inappropriate material for children is freely everywhere online, and is often the source of various computer viruses. The next link may very well contain a virus, never mind leading to costly offshore telephone calls, etc.
Most recently, the death of Whitney Houston popular to young and old alike created another virus. "Warning: Whitney Houston autopsy video links on Facebook aren't what they seem and led to a virus download of a false adobe flash update from a bogus page. SophosSecurity
While we cannot measure how many new user or newbies are here for socializing, gamers or both, we do know that when the world economy turns down, internet crime goes up as individuals turn to the internet for a quick fix to their economic woes, the unemployed as well as the senior citizens that seek to increase their retirement income.
Scammers are super salesmen; they anticipate your problems, answer your questions and stand ready to take your last dollar with false promises of overnight cures. Check your email. Even if you were not looking for such, the email headlines will coax
some to open and read and take that chance of earning a quick dollar.
A professional can put up 15 legitimate new websites per day (Mike Filsame). How many can a good scammer put up? Multiply that by the unknown numbers of scammers! It is easy to see the value of education over list maintenance.
Legitimate offline businesses are turning to the internet to globalize their business. Many of them may be startups operating out of their garages or kitchens - often, without some research, we cannot tell
Larger companies often have internet policies for matter of email usage, socializing during working hours, etc. but few have risk management policies that address internet crime and spam. Spam can overload your networks, crime and viruses can exposed your systems and information to great risk, or even worse shut down your systems
Our Internet Users Handbook - A Comprehensive Guide to Avoiding Scams While Doing Business Online is the first, an extraordinary 1 of a kind manual that brings offline business success models online.
Our handbook has a dual purpose and focus.
We start with a broad overview of Internet Crime, scams and fraud, spam etc. to help educate the new user on what to expect online. We create awareness of the risks and our Internet Scams Anonymous Groups, that include thousands of members located on several social business networks, serve as support groups for all internet users, whether newbie or seasoned professionals. As you may note from the following Table of Contents
Second we help educate and prepare the newbie's startup businesses, as well as more seasoned professional that is seeking to grow or diversify their online businesses though personal development and assessment and business planning
INTERNET USERS HANDBOOK, 2012, 2nd Edition - Table of Contents
Over 500 pages, 15 Chapters plus Appendixes, chock full of examples, how-to guides and tips for doing business online while avoiding the scams.
Testimonials - Early Reviews of the 2nd edition
1. The Internet Users Handbook and ISA Groups
2. Our Definition of a Scam/Fraud
3. How to do Your Own Due Diligence
4. Internet Crime is Big Business
5. Introduction to Internet Scams and Fraud
6. Various Types and Examples of Internet Scams
7. The$1,000,000 per day PTC/PTR Scam
8. Have You Prepared Yourself to Do Business Online
9. Follow your Passion Types of Online Businesses
10. Affiliate, Pyramid and MLM Programs
11. Managing Your Online Business
12. What is Spam and its Impact?
13. How to Advertise Your Business
14. Forex (FX) Follies - A Gamblers Dream...
15. Success is Yours, If You Plan and Prepare for It
A. Your Personal Assessment
B. List of Emotional Trigger or Power Selling Word
C. List of Common Scam and Spam Words
D. Scam and Spam Complaints and Resources
E. List of Banned, Scam and Watch Sites
F. The $1,000,000 per day PTR/PTC Scam
G. Buy Leads List
Glossary of Common Online Terms
Glossary of Common Forex/Investment Terms
About the Author: Dr Don Yates Sr PhD
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