Internet Security Workshop

On September 25th, 2014, the Internet Security workshop was hosted by Rhonda Wilson at 1 PM – 2 PM on Valencia College’s East Campus. Rhonda Wilson is from the National Runaway Switchboard and gave us a sheet talking about how to evaluate websites to know if they are legit. She began the workshop by talking about the Internet and what we use it for in our daily lives such as family, friends, information, entertainment, banking, and education. The Internet makes our lives easier, but at the same time, it makes us susceptible to fraud, scams, invasion of privacy, and cybercrimes. The Internet Crime Complaint Center is a website where you can file complaints about the Internet crimes we can experience and Wilson suggested that we use this site when we or other people we know experience an Internet crime. The Internet Crime Complaint Center(IC3) is an established partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center(NWC3) to research and report Internet crimes to federal, local, state, and national governments since 2000. According to statistics presented in the slideshow, there were 262,813 complaints for Internet crime and 119,457 complaints(45.5%) were related to financial loss.
The top five countries for Internet crime are as listed:
1. U.S. with 90.63%
2. Canada with 1.38%
3. U.K. with .85%
4. India with .71%
5. Australia with .69%
In my opinion, the most surprising statistic was that Florida is the #1 state with identity theft and the #2 state for the most Internet crimes in the U.S. There are many Internet crimes that we were warned about such as auction fraud, counterfeit cashier’s check, credit card fraud, debt elimination, parcel courier email scheme, employment/business opportunities, escrow services fraud, identity theft, Internet extortion, investment fraud, lotteries, Nigerian letter(“419”), phishing/spoofing, Ponzi/pyramid, reshipping, spam, third party receiver of funds, and many others that were explained.
Tips that could help you not become a victim of Internet crime include:
Being cautious of what you post online and who you trust
Do NOT give out your personal information
Do NOT have the same password for every account
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what you are being offered
Use legit websites and talk to legit people when giving out personal information
Check your bank account often, know your balance, and know your withdrawals
Check your annual credit report
Know your website domains to know if the source is responsible for the website ownerships: .com and .net are more untrustworthy than .edu, .gov, .mil. and .org websites.
Overall, the workshop was very informative and prepared us students for what we should be aware of online to avoid Internet crimes and to be safe. For more information, use the folllowing websites:
http://www.ic3.gov – To file a complaint or learn more about Internet Crime Complaint Center
http://www.annualcreditreport.com – To check your Annual Credit Report for free
http://www.myfloridalegal.com/identitytheft – To report your case if you ever become a victim of Identity theft
Remember the Internet is not what it seems so stay safe online!
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