Here are some new words that have crept into our language:
Malware... "Malicious pop-up"!
And how about this one: Trojan horse...
Yes, the Internet is a beautiful thing... but it's full of weird words and devious traps
-- and you need to be aware of them, because
criminals LOVE the Internet. Here we go:
Malicious software -- scammers try to install this software on your
computer so they can get access to files with your
precious personal information. ALWAYS SAY NO.
Don't click on links or pop-ups, especially in an unsolicited, or spam, email.
Stay away... hit delete. Oh, by the way, Spam is unwanted email...
and it doesn't come in a can! Phishing -- no pole, no water, no net...
but it's all about fake, real-looking emails that appear to come from places you trust
-- like your bank. But they're not.
No REAL trusted institution will EVER ask you for personal info by email.
Don't take the bait... hit delete. On-line auctions and Internet shopping --
after you've chosen an item, scammers try to pull you outside the legitimate auction
site, then get your payment information... and disappear.
You lose your set of steak knives... and your money.
Use common sense. Good auction sites rely on trusted payment
processes. This is the ultimate case of "buyer beware"!
So.... The Internet is a wonderful thing... if you think it through and avoid fraud.
Check out The Little Black Book of Scams.