Internet Access and Corporate Knowledge Lockdown

What sort of internet access will you have in the future? For some people in the world, the big question is whether they will have any access at all. Or if they do, will they be able to search for any information they want, or will their government watch all their network services? Meanwhile, here at home, while outright censorship is not as big an issue, there are questions about web content, who owns it, and who will be allowed to view it. Restrictions are growing, both at home and abroad, and that worries a lot of people.

Many corporations are urging new laws that would cut off access to the web for ordinary users for a host of reasons, most serving those corporations themselves. One only has to look at a new British law imposed late in 2009 to understand the problem. Every internet service provider (ISP) is now virtually required, by law, to spy on customers and report any infringements, such as sharing a pirated file. And while some penalties include cutting off the web for an entire family if only one member transgresses, other penalties can simply be invented, at will, by the British Business Secretary. Who, incidentally, is unelected and cannot be kicked out of office.

Does that sort of thing sound too much like Orwell’s “1984” territory? Similar laws about internet access, digital copyright and so on could be closer to implementation in this country than you think. International negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) have been occurring for some time, and the penalties could be just as unreasonable as in the recent British law. Your ISP may be forced to betray your privacy to the government, and your access to internet and video services could be lost permanently if you or a family member make a couple of wrong moves. Even if you didn’t know that’s what they were.

The issues in more oppressive countries might deal with free speech on the web, but internet access in the more “free” countries might end up looking much the same. What is the ultimate difference, really, if you have little access to information because the government censors it, or you have little access because all internet content is finally owned by corporations, and you can’t pay for more than a small amount of it? Either way, your ability to access the knowledge via the web is cut off.


Top 10 Online Criminal Justice Schools

If you are planning to pursue a career in criminal justice, you will firstly need to obtain a degree specializing in criminal justice. While you are enrolled in such program, you will learn about the legal system in the US, methods for deterring crime, philosophy of punishment; and the code of ethics for criminal justice professionals, among areas of study. With the correct training, graduates can gain employment in law enforcement agencies, court administrative departments, victim service centers, and correctional facilities. Here is a list of the top 10 online schools that offer criminal justice programs:

1. Colorado Technical University Online

Such degrees are available at the Colorado Technical University Online and include Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree, as well as a Master’s Degree in management with specialization in criminal justice. Topics covered in the courses include law and courts, investigation and law enforcement, parole and juvenile justice, home security and public administration.

2. Everest University Online

Everest University Online has two kinds of criminal science degrees, namely, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Applied Science. The Bachelor of Applied Science degree gives the necessary training for students to secure employment in the field of security and corrections. Those who want to assume middle or higher level positions in environments immediately after graduation should opt for the Bachelor of Science degree.

3. Keiser University eCampus

Keiser University eCampus offers Associate, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees in criminal justice. Students who study this subject in this school will gain a better understanding of the basics, as well as street ‘gangsterism’, victim-logy, forensic psychology, drug control, and others. They will benefit greatly from personalized attention and career placement services.

4. University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix has a wide selection of degrees for criminal justice students, including Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science. Courses are primarily designed to prepare students for positions in security-related fields. Students can also learn how to start their own firms while attending the programs in this school.

5. Columbia Southern University

At the Columbia Southern University, the students can pursue an Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or Master’s Degree. Degree programs at Columbia Sothern are specifically designed to enable adult students to juggle education and family. All online classes are conducted by live professors.

6. American Intercontinental University Online

American Intercontinental University Online offers a flexible curriculum that enables you to complete your degree at your own pace. It is an accredited university that is respected by many employers. The degrees that are available at AIU Online include Associate Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in this particular field.

7. Ashford University Online

This online university offers Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice. Its program focuses on forensics, psychology, and other areas that are relating criminal justice. Students can complete the program in one or two years depending on their personal circumstances and abilities.

8. Argosy University Online

Argosy University Online has two types of criminal justice degrees, namely, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Science. Its personalized service, experienced faculty, and supportive community provide a most effective learning environment for students.

9. Kaplan University

Kaplan University offers a convenient way for students to obtain an Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or Master’s Degree. It has an extensive selection of programs, ranging from forensic psychology to computer crime.

10. Virginia College Online

Criminal justice students in Virginia College Online can obtain an Associate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or Master’s Degree. This school is an accredited institution, and its degrees are accepted by most employers of criminal justice professionals.

The best online school for you will be the one which not only covers the areas of criminal justice that you are most interested in, but will also provide a learning schedule that you can easily slot in around your personal commitments. Before enrolling in any online school, always research into each aspect of the course, the entry requirements and how that particular degree will enable you to take the next step into your career.


Internet Marketing – Computer Information

BING

When you need to get a contact phone number for a company, sometimes it takes a while to get to the right page. Bing will give you the number right on the search results page. No need to even visit the website.

If you want a preview of a web page without having to visit the website, Bing shows you the information, just scrolled over the desired search result and a preview box will appear. The text will give a short description of the web page, and shows what other links appear on the page.

GOOGLE ADVANCED NEWS SEARCHES

Google offers Advanced News Search, allows a visitor to scour headlines by date, location, exact phrases or publication. People can use it retrieve articles from more than 4,500 news outlets publishing on the Web.
Check out Googles official guidelines for quality listings. They offer a re-inclusion request option that will give your business an opportunity to appeal if a listing is removed too.

In some other Google-related news that online businesses and business with websites might be interested in, they have introduced a new Sitemap Generator.

Google is planning to include website load time as one of the Ranking factor in algorithm in 2010. This is not a done deal, but it could be a good idea to check your load speed.

WEB PAGE TRANSLATION

This feature is particularly helpful if your search has non-English results. Google offers a facility to auto-martially translate a page for you in English. Currently, Google supports Italian, French, Spanish, German, and Portuguese.

For the best information for your site or to check your competitors for persons who use Google AdWords, try out the Google AdWords Keyword Tool.

False and Misleading Advertising What’s truthful? The FTC has attempted to deal with this question by establishing the following standards:

The intention to deceive is not what matters. What matters is the perception of the public. The test of whether or not an ad is misleading will be based on the effect on the average or unsophisticated person. Your advertising may also be deemed deceptive through omission or misleading implications. The bottom-line, just the facts.

SCREEN SAVERS

If you are looking for something different remember windows has a great choice. Don’t unload any free ones from anywhere, could have bugs, and almost impossible to delete.

For windows screen savers, right click on a blank area of desktop. Click “properties”, “screen savers”. Click the arrow to the right of “screen savers” just below the monitor. Pick the one you want.

LIGHTSIDE

A teacher was getting to know the kids in her class by asking them what their father did for a living. The first kid she asked said: ” My name is John and my dad is a truck driver.” The next child she asked said: “My name is Bill and my dad is a striptease dancer.” The teacher quickly changed the subject.

Later, the teacher approached Bill privately and asked him if it was true that his father was a strip tease dancer and danced in the nude. Bill blushed and said: “No, he really is Information Director at Microsoft, but I am to embarrassed to tell anyone”.

COMPUTER WARNING, INTERNET MARKETING INFORMATION

Security company McAfee has prepared its predictions for hacker threats in 2010. It forecasts a troubling year for Adobe software, which McAfee believes will be heavily targeted in 2010.Nearly every PC and Mac in the world seems to have a copy of Adobe Reader, a necessary tool for reading portable document format files.

The prediction is not particularly surprising. Adobe itself admitted in early 2009 that it had seen attacks on its applications climb steadily in recent years.

Still, it’s not just Adobe and its many users that will need to be wary in 2010. Also steadily rising in popularity are social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.

The tip on unplugging your computer from the wall outlet during a thunderstorm was sound advice. And we’re coming to the season when thunderstorms become more frequent. But let’s take that advice one small step further. Take the time to also unplug your modem from the telephone line! Surges can also pass through the telephone lines and even a small surge of static electricity can fry the delicate circuitry in your modem.

Your Clipboard can be seen by any hacker. For your protection you should not copy passwords, credit card numbers or other sensitive information. To prevent this from happening go to: Internet Explorer: Click Tools, Internet Options, Security tab, Internet section. Go down to the Security level box, and click the Custom Level button. Scroll down to Scripting, and find the entry, “Allow Programmatic clipboard access” or “Allow paste operations via script”.
Click Disable or Prompt. Click OK.

Protecting your computer against malicious software is an ongoing activity and, at minimum, all computer systems need to be regularly patched, have up to date anti-virus software, and a personal firewall installed.

Within the last several months, the FBI has seen a significant increase in fraud involving the exploitation of valid online banking credentials belonging to small and medium businesses, municipal governments, and school districts.

In a typical scenario, the targeted entity receives a phishing” email, which either contains an infected attachment, or directs the recipient to an infected web site. Once the recipient opens the attachment or visits the web site, malware is installed on their computer. The malware contains a key logger, which will harvest the recipients business or corporate bank account login information. Shortly thereafter, the perpetrator either creates another user account with the stolen login information, or directly initiates funds transfers by masquerading as the legitimate user.

You can make a difference-and help protect your own systems at home and at the office-by taking these basic steps: Change your security passwords regularly, have a firewall in place on your computer, get the latest anti-virus software, and install current security patches for your computer’s operating system.

Also, take time to visit the FBI’s cyber web page to learn more about how our cyber action teams, computer crimes task forces, Innocent Images program, and Internet Crime Complaint Centre are playing vital roles in protecting cyberspace. Can you avoid getting caught by a scam artist working the web? Not always. But prudence pays.

The FTC offers these tips to help you avoid getting caught by an offer that just may not click:

Read the fine print and all relevant links. Fraudulent promoters sometimes bury the disclosures they’re not anxious to share by putting them in teeny-tiny type or in a place where you’re unlikely see them.

Look for a privacy policy. If you don’t see one – or if you can’t understand it – consider taking your business elsewhere.

Be skeptical of any company that doesn’t clearly state its name, street address and telephone number.

The FTC has publicly Announced Its Newly Developed Cross-Border Fraud Guidelines. The FTC has joined with Hundreds of International Law Enforcement agencies around the world to form a combined force and aggressively combat what they see as the growing problem of Cross-Border Fraud.

This combined force has vowed to enforce the FTC”s Rules and Regulations on a world wide basis. They have really cracked down on Internet marketers, and actively going after those that don’t rigidly adhere to all their rules about disclosures disclaimers, terms of use, privacy and other legal documentation! They filed 45 criminal and civil law enforcement actions against Internet Marketers, in a single day.

Government agencies do not send unsolicited e-mails of this nature. The FBI, Department of Justice, and other United States government executives are briefed on numerous investigations, but do not personally contact consumers regarding such matters. In addition, United States government agencies use the legal process to contact individuals. These agencies do not send threatening letters/e-mails to consumers demanding payments for Internet crimes.

Fake eCards.
You get a message with a link to an online greeting card but, when you click it, you end up with a virus on your PC. A couple of simple rules here. Delete any messages that come from someone you don’t know or that don’t address you by name. If they come from someone you know, email that person to check that they sent it before clicking the link.

Holiday rentals. 2009 has seen a surge in ads offering bogus vacation rentals. You pay a deposit or even in full to get a key and that’s the last you hear of them.

Scammers are experts at creating phony look-alike sites where you land after mistyping an address or by clicking on a link supplied in the e mail or ad. Always type in the URL and don’t just click on the link.

DROP SHIPPERS
You can get products to sell via eBay or/and your website by using the services of a drop shipper. A reliable drop shipper will not ask you for a fee. They will allow you to copy pictures of the products they sell. Prices are about half you would pay for retail. If you have a website they will allow you to move any listing on their site to yours. You set your price on the product/s you transfer. When an order comes in place the order they will ship it out for you under your shipping label and not include any of their material.

A good way to promote is join as an affiliate, transfer a couple specials onto your site, with a link back to your affiliate page. The cost of setting up a web site is minimum. Check out my website archive for drop ship firms.

Disclaimer: The Author of this article is not responsible for accuracy or completeness nor shall he be held liable for any damage or loss arising out of or in any way related to the information or utilization of it.