Compose a 1250 words assignment on risks of using the internet. Needs to be plagiarism free! Online fraud can take so many different guises, that it is probably impossible to never come in contact with it. This online fraud includes: stealing bank account information and funds. email fraud. and identity theft of all kinds. This kind of internet risk can largely be circumvented by introducing better security measures, such as better data encryption. Email fraud can be prevented by using better spam detectors/blockers, and by email, users being advised not to open an email from someone they don’t know. The United States Secret Service has an Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program (ECSAP) and a network of Electronic Crimes Task Forces mandated by the Patriot Act of 2001 (“Electronic Crimes”) and dedicated to fighting these kinds of online fraud. There are measures outlined on their website about what to do in the case you are a victim (“United States”). There a variety of anti-fraud measures in place, and recommended steps to take to also ameliorate the effects of such fraud.
Cyberbullying is a constant threat, especially in chat rooms/ discussion forums. This type of internet risk directly causes harm to the lives of other internet users. It can take many different forms. the most dangerous forms include cyberstalking “using cyberspace to control, harass, or terrorize a target to the point that he or she fears harm or death” (Schell & Martin 30), cyberpornography, and cyberterrorism (the level of which was probably affected by the Patriot Act of 2001). There are trollers who dedicate their time to hurt people’s feelings enough to make them leave an internet forum. Especially with increasingly younger people spending increasing amounts of time online, there is a potential for this type of internet activity to affect the well-being and development of internet users deleteriously.
Hackers have been hacking computers for a long time so that the dire outcomes are now known from this long history of systems under attack. There is the potential to actually bring whole communication networks down.