Practical advice for novices and families on protecting themselves and their children against harm on the Internet.


Practical Cyber-Safety Tips    (PDF)

Practical Cyber-Safety Tips Large-Print    (PDF)

A summary that you can give your family and non-technical friends. Includes references for further reading. Updated May 2017. Topics:

  1. Reducing the Risk of Identity Theft
  2. Respond Immediately to Identity Theft
  3. Protect Your System Against Disaster
  4. Prevent Malware from Ruining Your System
  5. Enable a Firewall on Your System
  6. Use Good Passwords
  7. Don't Fall for Phishing Attacks
  8. Don't Fall for Email Frauds
  9. Don't Fall for Telephone Scams
  10. Don't Fall for Mail Fraud
  11. Don't Fall for Rumors
  12. Use Email Properly
  13. Works Cited

The Privacy Professor's Website.

Rebecca Herold is an outstanding writer and educator. Her Website has a wealth of brialliantly written, highly informative articles. I follow her on Facebook for her flow of relevant articles and comments and recommend you do the same!

Anti-Fraud Resources Contributed by The OpenEducators Organization July 2016
(Thank you to Aaron Thompson!)

Working Well with Contractors: 15 Questions that Prevent Fraud & Ensure Satisfaction
Tips to Prevent Senior Scams
Ultimate Online Shopping Safety: The Consumer's How-To Guide
How to Prevent Child Identity Theft
How to Spot an Internet Dog Scam
5 Ways to Recognize an Acting or Modeling Scam
11 Ways to Prevent Identity Theft While Traveling
The Post-Burglary Guide: What to Do After a Thief Strikes Your Home

Quick Guide to Safe Online Shopping

from Brenda Barron

Practical Guide to Help Prevent Elder Financial Fraud


Cyber-Safety for Everyone: from Kids to Elders    (PDF)

This booklet was distributed to everyone at Norwich University in August 2002. It includes all of the articles below in updated form plus additional material. Everyone is welcome to download this PDF file and print it for non-commercial use. I will be especially pleased if it can be useful to teachers in middle and high school and in freshman computing classes at colleges and universities. As of Fall 2010, students are working to update the links in several chapters and to add materials about social networking and evolving concepts of privacy.

Individual Topics From An Earlier Series of Articles
(Many links within the old articles are now unfortunately broken.)
Pedophiles on the Internet
Online Dating and Cybersex
Hate Groups
Pornography Online
Bad Information from the Web and the 'Net
Hoaxes and Myths Online
Virus Hoaxes
Threats to You and to Others
Malicious Software
Junk E-mail
Chain Letters and Ponzi Schemes
Get Rich Quick? Not likely.
Don't Steal Software, Music and Video
Plagiarism Online
Criminal Hacking and Your Kids
High-Pressure Scam
Kitty Porn



Even though most of these (old) awareness videos refer to US Mail, they are still perfectly applicable to the crimes discussed now that most of the communications are via email.

You may be able to play the individual videos by using the links below.

All the King's Men -- recovering from financial fraud (15:02)
Dialing for Dollars -- money for nothing isn't (18:04)
Identity Crisis -- identity theft (13:43)
Long Shot -- playing foreign lotteries is illegal in the USA (08:56)
Nowhere to Run -- international phone fraud (12:10)
Truth or Consequences -- fake check scams (19:36)
Web of Deceit -- phishing (8:51)
Work@Home Scams: They Just Don't Pay --money laundering by mail (7:56)

If you prefer to have all the necessary files for one of these awareness videos on your own computer, you can download the ZIP files below and unpack them to your own disk using the directories included in the ZIP. Note that you must have a video player program installed on your system that can handle .VOB files; if you don't, you can install the free VLC Player available for download here for Windows.

All the King's Men -- recovering from financial fraud (857 MB)
Dialing for Dollars -- money for nothing isn't (1.2 GB)
Identity Crisis -- identity theft (694 MB)
Long Shot -- playing foreign lotteries is illegal in the USA (440 MB)
Nowhere to Run -- international phone fraud (699 MB)
Truth or Consequences -- fake check scams (55 KB -- not a ZIP: download by right-click on link)
Web of Deceit -- phishing (640 MB)
Work@Home Scams: They Just Don't Pay --money laundering by mail (370 MB)

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Updated 2017-06-22