- 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: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,951,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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It does a good job at highlighting the pit falls, traps and virtual land mines waiting for the unprotected, ignorant or just plain stupid. The book also gives good advice on what to do if harassment gets out of hand. However, the sub-title of "Outmaneuvering the spammers, swindlers and stalkers" is somewhat misleading. The outmaneuvering techniques described are basically don't go to chat rooms, news groups or message forums where people take a virtual swipe at you. The passages about outmaneuvering the spammers also seems incredibly naive and is centered around displaying the full header of an email so you'll know who sent it. Wrong! Some mention is made of how return email addresses can be faked, but so too can IP addresses. Complaining to an ISP about spam, especially one which knowingly hosts spamming operations, is a waste of time. Even more so if they originate somewhere in Asia like a lot of them do. Then we have the anonymous emailing web sites and of course the spammers favorite, the zombie computer which they use to re-direct their emails without the computer owner's knowledge.
If you're looking for a technical reference which tells you how to protect yourself online, what tools to use, what they do and why you need them, this book isn't for you. However, if you're concerned about internet horror stories, online safely and are not particularly computer or internet savvy, this book will be useful to you and you'll learn much about the dos and don'ts of life online.
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.
The strengths of the book includes the sharing of well-planned strategies, helpful checklists that encourage and nurture responsible behavior, a variety of helpful online resources, and much creative advice on how to cope with many real-life situations. For instance, readers will learn how to tweak Internet software programs for maximum protection, how to safely communicate with other people online, how to deal with problematic people they may encounter, how to locate and notify local, state, and federal agencies in regards to computer and Internet criminal activity, and how we can learn to best help one another.
Jayne Hitchcock distinguishes herself as a real cybercrime expert. Her book will motivate people to sit up and take notice of what's going on around them and to help them to respond appropriately to the threats that all people face online. Online stalking, harassment, and other crimes are not laughing matters and they should never be taken lightly. In this one book Jayne Hitchcock provides all the reasons why everyone should take such threats more seriously.
The book is ideally suited for a variety of workshops, seminars, and community awareness events. Government agencies, local law enforcement agencies, college campus officials, women's service groups, and child protection organizations will greatly benefit from the detailed information provided. The book is timely, gripping, and compelling. It's essential reading and highly recommended.
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!