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!)

*Additional link contributed by Julia Dunlap at March 2018

Quick Guide to Safe Online Shopping

from Brenda Barron

Practical Guide to Help Prevent Elder Financial Fraud


10 Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

With thanks to Billy Adams of Kaplan University

Tax Identity Theft: Protecting Your Credit and Finances

With thanks kto Emily Bernabei of The Simple Dollar

Reducing Privacy Risks of Using Facebook    (PDF)

Notes to a friend hesitant to join Facebook.

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

With thanks to Blake Hughes for the link.

A Guide to Protecting Children’s Privacy Online

With thanks to Saura Bala for the link.

Top Internet Scams Targeting the Elderly

With thanks to Caroline Gerard for the link.

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

Resources contributed by William Chalkley from the Website:



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)


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Updated 2019-06-05