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Is It Safe? Protecting Your Computer, Your Business, and Yourself Online by Michael Miller

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Chapter 17. Protecting Yourself—and Your Children—from Online Predators

Imagine your inbox being spammed with a spate of nasty emails. Imagine someone posting expletive-ridden comments to your personal blog or MySpace page. Imagine someone forging your name to posts at your favorite discussion forums and groups. Imagine someone sending defamatory emails to your employer and compatriots, using your name. Imagine someone you met and rejected online telling you he knows where you live—and is coming to get you.

These scenarios can all happen to you—and your children. Online stalkers and predators abound, using the medium of the Internet to taunt, harass, stalk, and sometimes threaten physical harm to you and the ones you love. It’s not a game; online ...

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