Outmaneuvering Web Spammers, Stalkers, and Con Artists

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Here are some useful sites to keep you surfing safely!

The Internet Archive
The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

Online Tonight with David Lawrence
Nationally syndicated radio show (you can listen to the shows on the Web site as well) with a variety of computer and Internet-related subjects.

eBayers That Suck
Lists eBayers (buyers and sellers) who have caused problems, whether as scammers or non-paying bidders or types who claim items are broken when they’re not, and so forth. This Web site reads: “So next time you deal with a swindler and don’t want to leave negative feedback for fear of retaliation, post it here. You will get the last laugh when they are officially branded with our puke green ‘you suck’ logo and the online auction world can see what a deadbeat they really are.”

I can’t make these up, folks! And, just for fun:

DVD Easter Eggs
Most DVDs have hidden content you can’t get to from the main menu or other menu selections. This Web site helps you find any hidden content aka “Easter eggs” or if you find one, you can submit it to the site.

Stuff On My Cat
Don’t be drinking anything when you go to this site or it may come through your nose. Even if you don’t like cats, you’ll get a kick out of this Web site.

Learn The Net
How to find information, download files, master the basics and more. Soon you’ll be surfing the net like a pro!

Family Friendly Sites
Offers a search engine with results that are family-oriented (no worries about pornography or obscene language here), online safety resources and tips

Family Internet At
Find out everything you need to know about your computer, the Internet and more.

Be polite online – this is the place to learn the “rules” of cyberspace. Follow these and you can stay safe.

Are there programs hiding on your computer that shouldn’t be there? Scan your computer and remove them by using a free software program called Ad Aware

What is. . .?
Got questions about computers and the Internet? Whatis?com is one of the best sites for the answers.

Want to get software for free or almost-free? offers everything you can imagine, from anti-virus to firewall software, to games and screensavers, utility programs, cookie removers, and lots more.

One of the best ways to keep track of yourself online, see if someone’s impersonating you or just for curiosity. . .and it’s free! Submit your search parameters - your first and last name or your e-mail address - and TracerLock will e-mail you when it finds a match on a web page/site, in newsgroups/forums/message boards, 'for sale' and auction sites, employment listings and personal ads.

Ask An Expert
Whether you have a question about something online or offline, Pitsco’s Ask An Expert web site has hundreds of “real world experts” who will answer your questions for free!

Looking For A New ISP?
Look no further than this site. Search by city, state, zip code or ISP name. Includes info on FREE ISPs.

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