Internet Users Handbook - Preface to the 2012, 2nd Edition
Preface to the Internet Users Handbook, 2012, 2nd Edition
Connection speed Mashable (9/11), the average worldwide connection speed today is 580 KBps, 2011 - South Korea enjoys the world’s fastest connections speed at 17.62 MBps, followed by Romania at 15.27 MBps.
The United States musters a very pedestrian 4.93 Mbps — good for 26th in the world — while China, home to the world’s largest Internet population, manages a dismal 1.96 Mbps.
1991 NSFNET traffic passed 1 trillion bytes/month and 10 billion packets/month and passed 10 Trillion bytes per month by 1994
1992 The World Bank came online
1993 InterNic domain registry was created by NSF (US National Science Foundation)
1994 The White House launched its first online email service, their website launched in 1994. The United Nations goes on line. Mosaic takes the Internet by storm (22 Apr); WWW proliferates at a 341,634% annual growth rate of service traffic. Gopher's growth is 997%.
1996 Internet phones catch the attention of US telecommunication companies who ask the US Congress to ban the technology (which has been around for years)
Also in 1996 RFC 1925: The Twelve Networking Truths
Restrictions on Internet use around the world:
- China: requires users and ISPs to register with the police
- Germany: cuts off access to some newsgroups carried on CompuServe
- Saudi Arabia: confines Internet access to universities and hospitals
- Singapore: requires political and religious content providers to register with the state
- New Zealand: classifies computer disks as "publications" that can be censored and seized
See Robert H’obbes; Zakon Timeline for more interesting data, growth stats and graphs
The very first message to be sent between two computers - a breakthrough that helped usher in the internet and Mail Online - was sent 40 years ago, but crashed after just two letters were received. Celebrating at a small party Kleinrock, who led the team that first got two computers to communicate online via a network called ARPANET, added: 'The internet is a democratising 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.
'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?'
2004 Facebook Launches and has become one of the biggest websites with over 800 million members worldwide communicating in over 70 languages. Rate of growth projected at 7.5% for 2012.
Security News Daily December 2011 reports Spam Hits Lowest Point Since 2008, and now make up just 70.5 percent of all emails, according to Symantec's new Intelligence Report. Symantec's report suggested that the decrease in spam volume may be a result of the recent takedowns of the Rustock and Coreflood botnets, massive international networks of spam-spewing computers that the FBI disarmed earlier this year.
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, the leading information security company, made their online scam statistic findings public. Websense reports that this year, 79 per cent of malicious codes were found on legitimate, trusted websites such as search engine Google or blogging center WordPress. While e-mail scams decreased by 0.7 percent, nearly 90 percent of fraudulent e-mails referred the reader to a malicious site, and 9 percent of scams still happen through e-mail alone.
However, check your Phones. Mobile Phones are being used for nearly everything today – protect your identity and telephone number, 2012 is bound to bring us an increase in phone scams, spam and malware. How many messages are you willing to receive per day before your throw away the phone?.
Top Internet Scams of 2010 Scammers are getting smarter. The invention of Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy means viruses can be directed towards a target audience, not just sent in all directions via e-mail. SEO strategizing means a scammer can write a malicious code into a website and then add keywords, or tags, to the page. These tags are what major search engines like Google or Yahoo see during a search. They’re also what’s often displayed when the results of a search load. Using SEO strategy, the scammer can make sure their malicious page will appear near the top of the search results. Victims are actually downloading viruses during innocent web browsing and searching. 52 percent of data stealing attacks this year happened over the internet.
Consider this, how many of the 800 million Facebook users are minors using your age or a false age in order to get an email account to access Facebook? With a growth of new users at 44% or more per year, the scammers are busy and are also growing in numbers.
With such a growth, come the newbies for research, socializing, and games. Many turn to the internet as a last resort to solve to offline financial misery, out of work too many debts, etc. Every new email account and every newbie, whether a minor or not stand to be a scam victim, or a predator victim on the next read or click to a scam or virus. Watch your children online.
Our search of the internet for scams, scam avoidance and doing business online began in 2007 and resulted in the creation of our first Internet Scams Anonymous Group and a support manual in 2009. Until today, there are still pockets of experts focusing on one type of scam or another; many trying to maintain various lists of scam, banned and watch sites. If a professional can put up 15 legitimate sites per day on the internet, then it should be easy to see – maintaining a list is an impossible task.
As far as doing business online, every website hypes their business as the best, doing nearly everything for you on autopilot, some for free. If so, why don’t we have more millionaires and a lower fallout rate? With so many opportunities for success online, where to start and which ones are real?
Our 1st edition published online in 2009 still remains the only internet resource available that addresses the big picture of helping our readers identify, recognize and avoid the broad range of scams as they pursue to start or grow a business online.
We appreciate the testimonials, reception and feedback that we received on our 1st edition. During the last 2 years, our network has grown to 6 Internet Scams Anonymous groups located on various social business networks. Our 1st edition has had several periodic revisions based on input from our ISA groups, readers and affiliates. We are grateful that we have had the opportunity to take a fresh look at our handbook.
This fresh look has enabled us to reevaluate the big picture of what our handbook offered, how it was structured, the message that we wanted to get across and how it was presented to our readers. While we may call the 1st edition a good start, much of our 2nd edition has been restructured; chapters moved, renamed, rewritten and updated. Our flow is better, more timely, logical and easier to understand. We have connected the dots from doing business offline to online.
Friend Jerry Banberger, was the first and only reader that as an offline business owner, that grasped the outline or framework for our book and gave us feedback: “I believe the manual should be required reading for anyone intending to do business, online or offline”
This outline is taken from my several years of offline experience as a business mentor and adviser for new and existing growth companies. Add to this my personal start-up of a dozen successful ventures, and it was easy to see that what was lacking online was that business experience and mindset.
Many of the so-called get started guides, handbooks, articles, blogs, etc., all lacked this offline experience and mindset. Most stress the reduced cost and easiness to start and make online, but lack providing the big picture. Anyone online is a target and a potential victim, especially new users that come to the net to solve some financial problem. They easily become a victim to the online scams. In our research we find many newbies signed up to the first scam, not knowing it is a scam, they found online start pitching it to others
We are pleased that you have taken a copy of Internet Users Handbook – A Comprehensive Guide to Avoiding Scams While Doing Business Online 2nd Edition
With statistics such as shown, this makes our handbook a one-of-a-kind reference for all online users and a must-have for the new internet users or newbies
This may well be the last of my many campaigns that I have started or participated in over the last 60 some odd years. Perhaps it is my greatest challenge and will have the greatest impact on those doing business online. From what I have seen and learned, this is a significant and worthwhile challenge, a contribution without measure.
Thank you. We hope you will join us as an affiliate and help us spread the word. Wish you every Success
Dr Don Yates Sr PhD
Founder The Internet Scams Anonymous Groups
Author Internet Users Handbook, 2012, 2nd Edition