How To Shop Safely Online For Any Occasions
Here are several things to keep in mind when shopping online for any special occasions.
Pay with a Credit Card and Protect Your Passwords: Credit cards offer you the most protection as a consumer. Never send cash! If you pay by credit card, your transaction is protected by the Fair Credit Billing Act. This limits your liability for any unauthorized charges
to only $50.
Understand the Return Policy: Determine the company's refund and return policies before you place any order. Generally, any item that has been engraved or personalized in any way, will not qualify for the store's Return Policy. Some countries don't have the same return policies as we do here in North America, so know where you shop and always read their return policy if has any.
Shop with Security: When online, look for a symbol of an unbroken key or padlock of the bottom of your Web browser window to ensure that your transmission is protected. Always enter the url manually to your browser instead of clicking links thru emails messages to ensure maximum security.
Print all Transaction Records: Make sure to print or save electronically any records related to your online transactions. This will help you keep track of shipping dates, shipping and handling fees, and other details of your transaction. Take as much info as possible including names, their title and phone numbers in case of
File a Complaint
If you suspect the business may have broken the law, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. You can call the FTC toll-free at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or file a complaint online at www.ftc.gov. or report it to your local Better Business Bureau.
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Protect Your Privacy By Erasing Tracks Left On Your Computer
When you browse the web information is continuously collected by the websites you visit and by your own computer. For example, websites at a minimum collect information about the web browser you use the operating system of your computer and the geography you reside from. However, what surprises most users is the amount of information that is collected on your computer from your surfing habits and daily use.
Your web browser stores a lot of different types of information which is designed to improve your internet surfing experience but nevertheless poses a privacy risk. The sites or URLs which you visit are stored in the browser's "history." Search results are saved when you enter a search term into a search engine like Google. Web content and images are stored in the "temp" folder. Files that you download are stored in the download manager.
Websites also place "Cookies" onto your hard drive. A cookie is a small text file and is used by websites to offer advanced features. Some of the information that cookies store include shopping basket items or log-in information for a membership site. Cookies can also store information about when you visited the site including date and time.
Given all this information being collected above you can easily see why this could become a privacy risk. It would not take someone who knew what they were doing too long to figure out what websites you visit, what you have bought online and what search terms you are looking for. This is unfortunately not the end of it.
If you are a user of instant messenger or chat programs like AIM, MSN Instant Messenger or even Skype then it is important to be aware that the programs saves your chat history. Most programs allow you turn this feature off.
There are number of other places besides your web browser where information is stored on your computer. This data can allow people to figure out what you have been doing on your computer. Media players like RealPlayer and Microsoft Media Play store audio and video playing history. Microsoft Office like Excel and PowerPoint applications store information about the most recently accessed files.
Another important thing to remember is that when you delete a file it is not necessarily permanently erased and can be recovered with the right software. When you first hit delete the file is moved to the Recycle Bin. Even when you empty the Recycle Bin the file still exists on your hard drive until Windows overwrites it.
Here are two things you can do to help reduce the privacy risks from your computer.
- If you work with sensitive data files on your computer then you may want to consider investing in secure file "shredder" software. This type of software actually overwrites or "bleaches" the file you want to delete which means that it cannot be restored.
Top 5 Reasons To Choose An Internet Filtering Appliance Over Software
The need for organizations to monitor and control Internet usage in the workplace should be an accepted fact of doing business in a cyber-connected world. Statistics indicating that 30 to 40 percent of Internet use in the workplace is unrelated to work issues should come as no surprise. Neither should the report that 90 percent of employee computers harbor as many as 30 spyware programs. In fact, studies indicate that companies may be incurring average costs of $5,000 per year per employee in lost productivity due to Internet abuse. Other data suggest that as much as 72% of employees are downloading music and video clips, eroding bandwidth and leaving networks open to spyware and other malicious agents.
As these dramatic statistics show, the need for organizations to manage their Internet access should be a baseline requirement. But how do organizations choose from the wide range of filters available to them? Perhaps one of the first decisions they will to make is between a software-based filtering solution and dedicated filtering appliance.
Both appliance and software-based options offer standard functionality - they monitor Internet activity, block site access, automatically enforce corporate Acceptable Usage Policy guidelines and report inappropriate behavior. However, upon closer examination, there are some important and compelling reasons to choose an appliance-based solution.
An overview of the advantages of an appliance over software when it comes to handling your organization's Internet access include these basic five categories:
Hacker Steals Secret Government Plans Protect Your Information Or Pay The Price
There are two main types of information where access needs to be managed;
1) Company Information
2) Private Individual Information
Companies limit access to certain information on their computer network as a matter of routine. Not everyone will be able to access last month's sales figures or know the detailed plans for next year. Everyone accepts this as reasonable and protection against speculation in the company's shares.
Management of sensitive information of this type is can be achieved by firewalls and password protection within a company's computer network. Access to the information can also be at various levels, eg read only or editing rights.
Backing up data on a daily basis is an essential part of a company's disaster recovery plan. Very sensitive information may not be stored on a network connected computer. Hackers are a security threat that most IT network managers are very aware of.
Every company and government body also gathers information on us. That might be as simple as a database of phone numbers and addresses, or it could include your Social Security number and driving licence details. There are laws in place to limit how that information is accessed and used.
Government agencies and large companies usually comply fully with all state and federal legislation regarding Information management. They have personnel who are exclusively responsible for managing the information databases.
Small businesses may be less vigilant in their compliance, not through a lack of willingness, but through a lack of knowledge or management time. When there is effectively one person making all planning and management decisions in a company, a policy for information management is not always high on the agenda.
You have the right to see the information that any company or organization holds on you and to have it corrected if inaccuracies exist. You should also ask what the company uses the information for, whether it is for marketing purposes or whether the information is shared with other companies
How To Avoid Phishing Scams
In today's world the Internet is becoming as common as sliced bread. Most people use it to send e-mails, browse for information, carry out banking transactions, and shop. So it shouldn't be a surprise that some people are embracing the technology for less-than-kosher purposes. Phishing scams in particular are a major concern. Luckily, if you want to avoid becoming the next victim of identity theft, there are ways to protect yourself from harm.
What exactly is phishing (pronounced "fishing")? Phishers use e-mail, brand hijacking, and scare tactics to catch uninformed people off guard and steal their private information. Usually these scammers operate by sending out a whole bunch of spam e-mails to a long list of recipients. Each message is made to look as if it comes from a trustworthy company, such as eBay or a big banking institution.
The second element of the e-mail involves an appeal to your emotions. To achieve this goal, the sender claims there is a problem or crisis that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. The e-mails use urgent, professional language, and request personal information. They may even direct you to a spoofed web page where you are asked to input the requested data.
If you visit the fake website, it may appear to be authentic, and oftentimes the true URL is even masked to hide the fact that the website isn't legitimate. The website asks you to provide confidential information in order to solve the "issue," which might include social security numbers, account numbers, passwords, and other sensitive information. Phishers base their attempts on the hope that a few fish in the sea will be tricked into believing the e-mail and web page to be genuine, and hand over their personal information without realizing their mistake - until it's too late.
Unfortunately, phishers are beginning to employ more insidious tactics, such as planting spyware viruses, to try and get your personal information. Often these viruses are designed to remain dormant until they can easily snatch your sensitive data. Once the virus is on your computer system, your Internet activities are monitored so that when you visit a specific site (one that requires you to log in, for example) the virus takes action and either diverts you to a fraudulent site or logs your keystrokes as you enter relevant passwords, account numbers, and other such information. If you don't have virus and spyware protection software, contracting a spyware virus is a very real threat.
In the face of an increase in phishing scams, it's necessary to learn how to avoid them, if you can. But there is good news. You can keep from being a phishing victim, just by following a few simple measures:
Being informed about spam e-mails and spoofed websites is one of the best ways to guard against falling victim to a phishing attempt. If you know what to look out for and can recognize key factors in fraudulent e-mails, you'll be able to keep your identity as safe as possible. For instance, spam e-mails may contain the company's logo and appear official, but when you look closely, there are several warning signs that can give scammers away. Sometimes the e-mails have spelling mistakes or the language doesn't sound quite right. But the best indicator is the request itself - legitimate companies never ask for you to verify your account, or to send your account information via e-mail. If you want to make sure everything is safe with your account, simply direct yourself to the website (without clicking any links within the suspicious e-mail) and log in directly to check on things, or call to confirm the sender's identity and the truth of the request. Do not send the information online.
Secondly, don't become frightened by the urgency of an e-mail or feel under pressure to answer immediately, without a second thought. Scare tactics are common when it comes to phishing, as a means to extract private information from unsuspecting people. Often the e-mail will declare that your account will be shut down until you provide the necessary data, but in reality, organizations don't conduct business in such a manner. Again, if you're concerned about your account, call the institution directly to verify the matter.
A generic e-mail request is another indicator of a phishing scam. Because scammers tend to send out spam to a large number of people, the e-mails they send aren't usually personalized. Authentic e-mails that arrive from your bank or other official organization include your name.
Never click on a link embedded in an e-mail message. Always visit the site on your own by typing it into your web browser and visiting it directly. That will ensure that you arrive at a legitimate site, at which point you can log in and check on the status of your account.
And never send confidential information to the sender by filling out a form present in the e-mail. Again, use your common sense and send the information over the phone or by visiting the website directly.
When entering credit card numbers and other important data online through a website, check that the site is authentic and utilizes encryption to secure the information. You can verify this by looking for a "locked" icon in one corner of your browser. The web address should also begin with "https" rather than a "http."
But be careful: some phishing sites put fake lock icons on their web pages. For inexperienced web surfers, this might be an effective trick. To avoid falling into this trap, ensure that the lock icon is located in the browser's window frame, rather than in the actual web page. And know that a secure site doesn't necessarily guarantee that a site is legitimate. URL masking techniques have the ability to make fake addresses appear to be those of actual secure companies. If you doubt the site's authenticity, call the site's owner.
Another way to evade scam artists is by keeping your browser and operating system updated. Download and install all patches and upgrades so that you are caught up with all the latest security updates.
Install an excellent personal firewall, antivirus software, antispyware software and antispam protection. Because these programs reduce the amount of e-mail phishing scams that come your way, and keep malicious viruses at a distance, you won't have as many chances to fall prey to a phishing attack.
If you follow these rules and know how to stay away from the bait, you can avoid being hooked by a phishing scam. As long as you stay informed about phishing and keep one step ahead of the game, as tactics evolve with the times, you'll be swimming safer waters.
Can Web Service Companies Do Without 24andhamada#215;7 Dotcom Monitor Support
Enterprises worldwide have embraced 'Web services' as the preferred middleware technology for integrating their Web-enabled, e-business applications. Hundreds of Web service sites offer very useful services that provide essential components for running B2B or B2C e-business applications. Many enterprises outsource items ranging from security services for their plants and offices to outsource packing and forwarding, or even cleaning services. Specialized Web service companies provide the latest exchange rates for any combination of the 100+ countries they cater to. Web service companies have hundreds of B2B or B2C e-commerce/e-business clients who need their services (on a 24×7 basis) for running their non-stop global businesses.
Some examples of Web services include:
* Providing access to FedEx tracking information by taking a tracking number and returning shipment status from FedEx
* Credit card maintenance and management
* Providing authentication
* Returning real-time flight information for flights in the air, given an airline code and flight number, using current information from online service.
* Calculating and providing postage requirements in any currency
* A monthly lease payment calculator service
* Sending text messages to mobile phones, when provided a list of countries and their international dialing codes
* Providing Internet time
* Retrieving news headlines from sites like CNN, CBS, or MSNmoney and supplying them to news portals
* Providing up-to-the-minute sports updates to various channels
* Offering Web site management system by providing 100+ functions
* ... and many more!
Vital Issues involved in Web services business
As Web service companies integrate with hundreds of important B2B/B2C clients, they become vital components in hundreds of billions of dollars of international trade and e-commerce, manufacturing, and service business. Since a transaction cannot be completed without their service input, any disruption of service, delayed response, or system error could spell disaster and incalculable loss from deferred shipments, cancellations, and even business operations stoppage. Thus, it is imperative that Web services work correctly and efficiently every time.
Web service companies therefore must consistently perform within acceptable framework. There is little margin for error. That is why Web service companies typically have SLA agreements signed with clients for proper functional and performance delivery. Any deviations could mean attracting censure, penalties, or both.
What must be done to prevent exposure?
Clearly, automatic and constant monitoring of the functionality and performance of a Web service site is necessary. This website monitoring should not only check that correct functionality is delivered, but also, how efficiently it is being delivered. If the turnaround time is consistently beyond the SLA norms, it must be recorded and the service company notified of the anomalies, so that the company can examine inside and outside of their firewall to rectify the situation.
Dotcom-Monitor.com has the solution.
Dotcom-Monitor.com can provide customized monitoring through its highly respected and acclaimed Dotcom Monitoring Service. This automated, non-stop (24×7) service caters to a site's specific functional and performance monitoring needs, automatically alerting and reporting deviations to site management, in real time, through the built-in Dotcom-Monitor reporting system. This prompts site management for immediate remedial action.
How Dotcom-Monitor works
Dotcom-Monitor has remote agents strategically positioned around the world, each acting as an Internet browser. After a customer creates an account, he or she supplies the URLs of the Web service site, along with functions to be monitored with inputs, algorithms, expected results, and performance norms. Then, the process starts immediately. Dotcom-Monitor's global agent checks the Web service(s) to ensure that it is accessible and maintaining acceptable levels of performance. If any of these fall outside the specified parameters, the customer is notified.
1. Functional Monitoring: Dotcom-Monitor constantly checks the functionality of the service by making specifically tailored, functional calls to the site (application) server to monitor the accuracy of the results obtained in real time. It uses representative input from transactions/messages, algorithms, and results provided by the Web service company for this purpose. The monitor performs Dotcom-Monitor's service at pre-defined intervals. Any deviations from the supplied results are promptly reported for appropriate action.
2. Performance Monitoring: Most Web service companies use SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) technology to architect service transactions' receipt, de-serialization, processing, serialization, and delivery. SOAP is a lightweight, stateless, XML communication protocol that lets applications exchange structured messages/transactions across the Internet. Most current SOAP implementations use HTTP binding due to SOAP's wide availability and ability to pass through firewalls.
One of Dotcom-Monitor's features is to determine the level of performance available from SOAP implementations using appropriate test transactions/messages. First, Dotcom-Monitor checks for latency, the round-trip time taken to send and receive a single transaction/message from the monitor server to the service server and back. High resolution timers are used to measure the time taken for each round-trip. Dotcom-Monitor repeats this check at a defined interval. For throughput, Dotcom-Monitor conducts checks to find the peak throughput available from each SOAP implementation using a number of concurrent driver threads, records the number of round-trips completed per second, and compares it to supplied norms.
Dotcom-Monitor conducts a separate exercise to measure SOAP serialization and de-serialization overheads. The test driver sends a number of customer detail records to the server. The monitor captures the times required by the server to perform serialization and de-serialization of SOAP transactions/messages. Any overall performance degradation beyond the Web service-defined boundaries are recorded and reported. A proper log of the checks made is maintained for later analysis.
Just as business is vital to economy, Web services are crucial to e-business. Web services must consistently perform with absolute integrity and deliver sustained, non-stop performance to B2B or B2C e-business sites. Since these sites are concurrently concatenated with hundreds of e-business Web sites providing functions vital to each business they serve, there is no margin for error or for failure.
Web service sites must plan for zero tolerance. While it is easy to plan and implement redundant hardware and network infrastructure, exposure lies in making flawless functional delivery within desired turnaround time, every single time. That is only possible if constant monitoring for correct functional output(s) and response time performance are maintained, and any deviations highlighted in real time for remedial action. A 24×7 website monitoring solution from Dotcom-Monitor.com is the real answer.
Phishing Scams A Growing Identity Theft Menace
There is no doubt that identity theft is a growing problem and we should all try to educate ourselves to avoid being a victim of this often devastating crime. It seems that criminals are using increasingly ingenious methods to gain access to our private and valuable personal information and computer users must be aware of criminal information gathering techniques known as phishing.
You may have heard about phishing scams in the news recently because so many have fallen prey to this clever methodology employed by tech savvy criminals. We are all busy in todays fast paced world and it's hard to keep up with every new threat and development so the purpose of this article is to describe what phishing is, and how you can avoid being a victim.
Phishing attacks employ social engineering and technical subterfuge in the attempt to obtain an individual's personal identity data and financial account information. Social-engineering schemes use fraudulent e-mails which attempt to direct consumers to counterfeit websites, often perfectly replicating legitimate business sites to trick recipients into releasing financial data such as credit card numbers, account passwords, user names and social security numbers. Hijacking brand names of banks, online retailers and credit card companies, phishers regularly obtain this private data. Technical subterfuge schemes usually plant spyware and crimeware onto user computers to access personal data directly, most often utlizing Trojan keylogger spyware.
What can we do to avoid such clever deceptions? First of all just knowing that the threat exists is very important and many victims report that they had never heard of phishing before becoming a victims. In addition there are several practical precautions we can all take to minimize our exposure to risk.
1. Be wary of any email containing urgent requests for financial information suggesting your immediate response is required, statements designed to upset and excite the respondent are often included to elicit a quick reply. These emails often demand user names and passwords as well as SSN's. Legitimate businesses never ask for confidential data via email and none of this information should ever be sent by email as security is severely compromised.
2. If you question the authenticity of an email don't use the links embedded in the email to access the company webpage, instead type the URL of the company in your browser to insure you are looking at the legitimate website. You can also phone the company to insure an email request is authentic and companies today are aware of phishing threats and will generally appreciate being informed of a potential problem.
3. Financial information should only be communicated through a secure website or by telephone and never by an email request. Secure websites always have the https:// preceding the web address rather than just http:// in the browser address window.
4. Check your online accounts on a regular basis even if you have no transactions, dormant and little used accounts are common targets for online predators. Carefully review your credit card statements for unauthorized transactions and make sure your shred them if not retained for your records.
5. Make sure your browser is updated regularly with the latest security patches and you should also have an anti-spyware program installed and running at all times.
Take these necessary precautions to avoid your exposure to the identity theft problem known as phishing.
Identity Theft Who Is Phishing For Your Information
There's a new type of internet piracy called 'phishing' (pronounced 'fishing'). Internet thieves are 'fishing' for your personal information. They're looking for ways to trick you into giving out your Social Security Number, credit card number and other personal information that they can use to their advantage. You could become a victim of identity theft that could take years to clear your financial history and personal reputation. But understanding how these internet thieves work, will help you to protect yourself from becoming a victim.
How do these thieves get your information?
Typically, you might receive an email from a company that you are familiar with that looks 'real'. It has the company logo, they may call you by name, and the tone of the email is that they are looking out for your best interests. This email will warn you of some imminent danger to your account or credit card and that you need to take action immediately or you will suffer dire consequences. There will be a link (underlined writing usually in blue) for you to click on that will take you to their website. And guess what? The website they take you to will look like the real thing with the company logo and all.
Next, you will be asked to 'verify' your account, password, or credit card information. If you ever find yourself here, STOP! Do nothing. Do not fill in any personal information. Immediately exit from this website and delete the phony email that you received.
How to know that this is a 'phishing' email.
If you did not email this company asking for information about your account or for help with a problem, be suspicious. If you are still not sure because it looks so 'real', call the company yourself and ask. You can find these phone numbers on your monthly statement. If it is after hours and no one is there to take your call, wait until the next day when you can reach someone. Don't fall for the 'imminent danger' message and feel that you have to take action immediately. 'Phishers' are hoping that you will take immediate action - don't panic and let them trick you into clicking on their link.
What can you do?
Never give someone your password over the internet or phone when it is an unsolicited request. Your credit card company knows what your password and credit card number is. They don't need to ask you for it.
Likewise, your bank knows what your account number and social security number, they won't ask you to repeat it verbally over the phone.
Review all of your monthly statements every month as soon as they arrive. Check for charges that you never made. If your statement is ever late in arriving in the mail, call and ask why. Protect yourself from these would-be thieves. Don't let them take your identity! Please remember to Bookmark www.wheatgrass-fountain-of-youth.info now! Thanks for visiting.
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