Summary of Look Both Ways

Help Protect Your Family on the Internet

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Look Both Ways book summary
You’re probably revealing more than you realize on the Internet, and thieves and harassers are just waiting to exploit you.


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Just as everyone needs to learn to cross the street without getting hit by a car, everyone needs to learn to use the Internet safely – and this applies even if you think you are a technophobe. Linda Criddle explains that installing protective software is not enough. Antivirus, antispyware and firewall programs won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to protect your personal information and avoid exploitation; you can damage yourself more than any virus can. Criddle organizes her advice into 13 steps, and she provides helpful “think about it” and “find out more” boxes as well as real-life examples, images of Web pages, diagrams and sample forms. getAbstract recommends Criddle’s advice if you blog, browse, send e-mail or instant messages, or play Internet games, either at home or at work – in other words, to just about anyone who’d rather be safe than sorry.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What 13 steps to take to protect your personal information and yourself online
  • What spoofing, spamming and phishing mean
  • How to recognize problem Web sites, messages and people


What Are the Risks?
Online or cybercriminals commit the same kinds of crimes as other criminals, but using the Internet. Cybercrimes include identity theft, harassment, stalking and assault. Since more than two billion people have Internet access, including 21 million children in the U...
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About the Authors

Linda Criddle is a senior product manager for child safety at a major software firm.

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