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Online Annoyances Spam – electronic junk mail Pop-ups – intrusive advertising Cookies – tracking user’s browsing habits Phishing and Hoaxes – Ruses to fool and maybe steal from users. Spyware – Programs that collect data from a user’s computer Spam Junk E-Mail Spam filters

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online annoyances
Online Annoyances
  • Spam – electronic junk mail
  • Pop-ups – intrusive advertising
  • Cookies – tracking user’s browsing habits
  • Phishing and Hoaxes – Ruses to fool and maybe steal from users.
  • Spyware – Programs that collect data from a user’s computer
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Spam
  • Junk E-Mail
  • Spam filters
  • Anti-spam practices
cookies
Cookies
  • Text files stored on client computers when visiting Web sites
  • Used on return visits to Web sites
  • Unique ID number
  • Personal information remembered
pop ups

Buy Now!

Pop-ups
  • Usually advertising
  • Pop-up automatically
  • Browser can block
identity theft
Identity Theft
  • Thieves collect personal information
    • Credit card
    • Drivers license
    • SIN, Passport
  • Then use to
    • Access government services
    • Buy things
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Identity Theft
  • Don’t need a computer
    • Dumpster diving
    • Credit card skimming
    • ATM front-end
    • People give away information
phishing
Phishing
  • Phishing is a phony communication
  • Attempts to scam someone into sending vital information
  • Email message impersonates
    • Banks
    • Accounts: eBay, PayPal, …
spyware
Spyware
  • (Adware)
    • Secretly sends data about our web surfing to a spy
    • Spy sells data to advertisers
spyware threats
Spyware Threats
  • Software is unknowingly downloaded with free software, music (Kazaa), screen savers, games, …
  • Sponsered results on search engines
protection from spyware
Protection from Spyware
  • Don’t
    • download free stuff
    • enter online contests
  • Do
    • use antispyware software
    • UofC IT Antispyware Page
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Spyware
  • Consumer Reports Ratings
    • Webroot (US$25)
    • PC Tools (US$30)
    • Spybot (free)
canadian response
Canadian Response
  • Spam, Phishing and Spyware
    • Stop Spam Here
  • The Digital Economy in Canada
  • Anti-Fraud
    • Phonebusters(Canadian Anti-Fraud Call Centre)