Identity Theft Notes

“Privacy is dead – Get over it.”
- What is the internet?
• A basic and requirement for almost every consumer in the western culture to have.
• A computer network consisting of a worldwide network of computer networks that use the TCP/IP network protocols to facilitate data transmission and exchange.
• A worldwide network of computers that can be accessed via the TPL computer network. The Internet allows local computer users to find and use information resources on computers of other academic institutions, research institutes, private companies, government agencies and individuals.
• Is a network of networks joining together.   Millions of public, private, academic, business, and government are all linked together sharing and providing each other with information essentially forming one big archive of data.
• 400 million people have alliance to either facebook or myspace.
o Advantages on the internet
• Communication:
• Can communicate with anyone anywhere in the world in a matter of a fraction of a second.
• Send mail electronically (email) / replaced letters in majority of cases.
• See each other (webcam).
• Online chat rooms available to keep in contact with instant conversations with friends, relatives and even meet new people.
• Information:
• Internet’s biggest advantage.
• Replaces libraries and books.
• Up to date almost instantainiasly 24/7 worldwide.

o Risks of using the internet
• Companies are hired to watch what you browse / visit on your computer and infiltrate the information to push advertisement based on your history.
• Search engines have the ability to track user searches. Information and topics on which are searched can be used to get a rough idea on the type of person is using it. This data is stored to help the company provide better services.
• Because of social networking such as facebook and myspace excessive amounts of personal data such who they are, where they live, pictures of themselves, birthdays, age, relationship...