Online Safety Lab III
Sept. 26, 2003
This lab will help us discover:
A side aim of this lab is to sharpen you search skills on the Web. In some
cases, this lab leads you to a specific Web site, but you may have to dig
around to get the information you need. In other cases, you may have to
use the Google search engine.
- How pervasive e-mail spam is, what tools are available for blocking
it, and what you can do to limit your exposure to it.
- How long it can take to clear your name once your identity has been
stolen, how vulnerable we are to identity theft, the importance of examining
your credit reports once a year for signs of identity theft, and what you
should do if you become a victim of identity theft.
ConsumerReports.org --- E-mail Spam
( use the HTML version of this lab handout, available on the class Web
site, so you don't have to type this long Web address) and answer these
- What was the largest number of spam e-mails blocked by America
Online in a single day in 2002?
- Is there any free spam-blocking add-on software that can be used
to improve the spam-blocking capabilities of Outlook? How easy is the
free software to use?
- Does add-on spam-blocking software work with Web-based e-mail
services such as Hotmail?
- If you want to limit the amount of spam you receive, what are the
three most important mistakes to avoid?
ConsumerReports.org --- Identity Theft
and answer these questions:
- If your identity is stolen, how long will it take to clear your
- As far as identity theft goes, are Washington, D. C. and Maryland
safe places to live?
- Residents of what seven states are entitled to receiving a free
annual credit report from each of the three big credit bureaus?
- What should you do if you become a victim of identity theft?
Thomas P. Kelliher
Thu Sep 25 08:55:14 EDT 2003