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



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. Links need updating, though.

Individual Topics From An Earlier Series of Articles

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

10 Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

With thanks to Billy Adams of Kaplan University for the link.

Anti-Fraud Resources

Contributed by The OpenEducators Organization July 2016
(Thank you to Aaron Thompson!)

*Additional link contributed by Julia Dunlap at March 2018

The Definitive Guide to Internet Privacy & Online Security

With thanks to Daren Felton for the link.

Guide to Protecting Children’s Privacy Online

With thanks to Saura Bala for the link.

How to Keep Your Children Safe Online

With thanks to Bill Hess for the link.

Internet Basics for Seniors

With thanks to Dottie Mulrain for the link.

Internet Safety for Teens, Kids, and Students

With thanks to Dean Chester for the link.

Internet Safety: A Guide to Safe Online Shopping for Seniors

With thanks to Courtney Longwell for the link.

Internet Safety Guide for Seniors

With thanks to Steve Hynes for the link.

Introduction to Cyber Security and Data Protection

With thanks to Esther Smith for the link.

Million Mile Secrets guide for protecting your child's identity while traveling

With thanks to Blake Hughes for the link.

Perk Potential: Could Identity Theft Protection Become a Workplace Benefit?

With thanks to Billy Anderson for the link.

Practical Guide to Help Prevent Elder Financial Fraud


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!

Protecting Children's Privacy Online

>It’s time to have the talk with your child. You peeked at their browser history and, well, it’s time. It’s going to be awkward and uncomfortable for both of you, and things have changed a lot since you were that age. But better to hear it from a parent than learn it from a stranger or [G-d]-knows-who online.< With thanks to Lydia Yates for the link.

Protecting Yourself Against Identity Theft & Fraud - A Guide For Millennials

>It shares information on the most common ways people’s identities and personal information are targeted and stolen online. It explains the key warning signs that a person might be a victim of fraud such as loss of services on utilities or unexplained payments coming out of the account.< With thanks to Melissa Miles for the link.

Quick Guide to Safe Online Shopping

<With thanks to Brenda Barron for the link.

Reducing Privacy Risks of Using Facebook    (PDF)

Notes to a friend hesitant to join Facebook.

Tax Identity Theft: Protecting Your Credit and Finances

With thanks to Emily Bernabei of The Simple Dollar for the link.

The Lifecake Guide to Internet Safety & Privacy for Kids (And Parents)

With thanks to Daren Felton for the link.

Top Internet Scams Targeting the Elderly

With thanks to Caroline Gerard for the link.

Ultimate Internet Safety Guide for Seniors

With thanks to Ashley White for the link.



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)
Mail Center Security -- mail center managers (13:26)
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)

Also: Press Conference with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch September 22, 2016:
DOJ, Partners Announce Civil/Criminal Actions to Dismantle Global Mass Mailing Fraud Schemes Network (33:56)

Letter from MK to Facebook Legal Department concerning the company's deliberate decision to allow (and profit from) advertisements for counterfeit US stamps. PDF


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Updated 2023-03-13