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Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering the Spammers, Swindlers, and Stalkers Who Are Targeting You Online Paperback – May 28, 2002

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This book by Internet crime and security expert Hitchcock advises Internet users on how to preserve their safety, security, and privacy at home, in the workplace, and in educational environments. The chapters range widely, covering spam, hoaxes, online shopping and banking, auctions, adoption fraud, stolen identity, flaming, protecting children, protecting university sites and students, workplace safety, encryption, and protecting your computer from viruses and worms. A summary of online security and safety issues rounds out the text. There is abundant concrete advice on handling problems on the Internet, including how to analyze issues, whom to contact, how to track down perpetrators, and how to take preventive measures. This is surprisingly easy and interesting to read, with the author using many apt examples for illustration. Another recent book that covers a portion of this material is David Wall's Crime and the Internet. With an extensive list of online resources, Hitchcock's useful book is highly recommended for all libraries.
Mary Jane Brustman, Univ. at Albany Libs.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Revealed at last-the secrets to all the spam that comes through your email...without exaggeration, this advice will benefit millions. -- Clive Cussler
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Information Today, Inc.; First Edition edition (May 28, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0910965579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0910965576
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,598,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Internet has opened up many doors of opportunity for people to communicate with one another and to share lots of information. The Internet has also broken down many walls of seclusion that once shielded us from other people. Unfortunately, some of the same social ills commonplace in society today - such as stalking, harassment, scamming, and identity theft, have found fresh life and new victims online - sometimes with devastating results - including rape and murder.
Jayne Hitchcock wrote Net Crimes & Misdemeanors to recount her own horror story and to offer readers important information that will help them prevent - or at least minimize - the likelihood that they themselves and others will encounter the same mistreatment at the hands of other people. Hitchcock was herself the victim of both online and off line stalking and harassment. This book spells it out - fraudulent newsgroup postings, harassing e-mails, spamming, phone calls, identity theft, and other criminal activity. She experienced a severely challenging period of time in her own life. Her personal account is most gripping.
After discussing her own experiences, Hitchcock goes on to discuss these and other crimes and mischievous activities at length that threaten the welfare of people online - fraudulent postings, e-mail harassment, invasion of privacy, spamming, scamming, identity theft, auction frauds, adoption frauds, banking and shopping concerns, inappropriate information gathering techniques, threats to child safety, and so on. Readers are provided with stunning accounts of other people who faced various forms of online harassment and scamming. We read about how they responded to these threats, how their lives were changed, and how we can take action to avoid much of these same problems ourselves.
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This book is a very realistic volume about the dangers present on the Internet, and what just about anyone can do to be safer. The author begins by describing her own experience with being stalked online then offline. The impact of her story is that this kind of thing CAN and DOES happen.
Hitchcock then begins moving through a variety of online dangers, from stalking to spoofing to scamming. Each danger she describes is very much present. Her words should not be taken lightly by a reader with little or no experience with the Internet.
The best pointer I received from this book was the lack of security in email. The author describes email more as a postcard than a letter written and sealed in an envelope. Since I write many emails and sometimes address sensitive ministerial issues, I have begun using and promoting free encryption and digital signature software.
For people who spend any amount of time online, whether it be email, chat or shopping, this book is a MUST. It is one of the best summaries of online hazards I have read. This one is well worth the price!
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A friend of mine bought me this book because I'd gotten burned badly in an online auction (I was the buyer). Although my friend put a sticky note where the auction chapter was, I began reading this from the beginning and Chapter 1 is a doozy - about the author and her experience with a cyberstalker. She considered herself an expert about the Internet, yet she still became a victim, which I found very humbling. She also didn't let the jerks get away with it. I admire her strength and patience (it took her six years to finally see them go to jail) and it made me do something more about my auction fiasco.
As a result of the wonderful advice given in this book, not only about online auctions, but just about everything else as well, I finally got my money back, the seller got kicked off the online auction site and it looks like this person who scammed me might be seeing the inside of a jail cell.
I thank the author for the great advice and I have bought several copies of Net Crimes & Misdemeanors to give out as Christmas presents this year.
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I picked this up at a local bookstore on the advice of a friend - I'm new to the net. Wow! I was amazed at the stories about what happened to others online, but this book shows you how to protect yourself from being scammed, stalked, harassed, hacked and more. Plus, if something does happen to you, there is advice on what steps to take. I especially liked the chapter about spam and how to report it. I now have this book next to my computer for easy reference. It's a must for anyone who is online!!!
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I don't consider myself a newbie on the net, but while browsing through this book at a local bookstore the other day, I began to discover things I didn't know. So I bought the book! Since then, it stays on my desk in arm's reach in case I have questions or need to look up something. I can't tell you how many times someone has sent me an e-mail claiming the message they're forwarding "really happened." All I have to do is check out the chapter on Urban Legends to see what the deal is. All of the tips and advice are terrific, the real-life situations compelling and the information is easy to understand, but didn't make me feel like a "dummy." Kudos to J.A. Hitchcock for writing such a wonderful book - I hope there's another one coming out soon that covers other online issues not covered in this one.
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