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Internet Safety: Risks and issues

Resources to help you stay safe online..

Identity theft

Identity theft and identity fraud - all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.  Source: US Department of Justice.

Account hacking

Scams and frauds

Malware, viruses, and spyware

Malware (from "malicious software") - software designed to do harm by causing damage to systems or data, invading privacy, stealing information, or infiltrating computers without permision.  Includes viruses, worms, some keyloggers, spyware, adware and bots.  Source:


Cyberbullying - bullying that takes place using electronic technology.  Examples ofcyberbullying include mean text messages or emails, rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites, and embarrassing photos, videos, websites or fake profiles.  Source: