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When you visit an internet site lots of information about you is available even if you don't allow cookies! Privacy.net shows you what your browser reports to sites you visit and has excellent  information and tutorials on all things relating to privacy: viruses, firewalls, cookies, telemarketing, and lots more. THIS SITE IS A MUST SEE IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT PRIVACY!

The Cookie Monster
-- companies deliver cookies that we don't know about to our machines, collect data on our web use, and sell this "marketing" data based on our cookies and our profiles to advertisers or "subscribers." If you feel that information gathering without your knowledge or permission is an invasion of your privacy, go to Cookie Central for the dark side of cookies and some remedies.

Is it freeware or...Spyware?  Not sure if the free software you're about to download is really "Spyware", or "adware"or other advertising enhanced product that installs additional third party components on your PC?  (For instance, you get random pop-up ads and don't know where they come from.)  You could have a Trojan advertising server on your system.  Go to Spychecker before you download and check their huge database.

Who's snooping around your personal data today?
  Here's some self-defense advice on how to un-spam your life, how to protect yourself; fight against your personal data being exploited, learn how cookies threaten your privacy, and lots more. 

From one of the best anti-spam sites on the net here's lots of advice, tips, and even a list of anti-spam ISPs.

How would like to meet a spaminator with titanium strength spam blocking, that cuts spam generators off at the pass?  That's what the spam gourmet offers:  you get self-destructing disposable e-mail addresses that offer spam filtering protection.

You can produce your own spam filtering software -- for free!  And that's just the beginning.  Take the Spam Series from the Mining Co. and play hardball with spammers.

The beta version of Spam Motel helps you stop junk e-mail and it's free. You get an alias to protect you from e-mail while you reserve your real address for friends, family, shopping, whatever.

Despammed mail filtration service offers free e-mail forwarding with "the best spam filters anywhere."

CAUCE, the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email advocates for a legislative solution to junk e-mail and offers updates on pending legislation.

The Center for Democracy & Technology fights for your Internet privacy: its "links" section offers about two dozen Anonymizers -- technology that lets you conceal your identity from cyber-snoops, protects you from data miners, and allows you to surf the web anonymously. 

With more than 62,000 computer virus threats out there today, you definitely want to check in with the McAfee Virus Information Library.  It tells you about viruses and how to remove them -- plus get the scoop on virus hoaxes before you pass along another e-mail to all your friends.

How gullible are you?  Take the Gullibility Test -- or take a tour of The Museum of Hoaxes.  They features hoaxes by category, hoaxes in the news, and even web sites that are, themselves, hoaxes!

Hoax News is an acclaimed internet “key resource” that lists the latest hoaxes chronologically and alphabetically so you can search for a specific hoax – including those that claim they’re NOT hoaxes.

Hoaxes, phony computer virus alerts, or promotions that sound too good to be true are uncovered on a regular basis at Symantec.  Don’t be fooled -- check out hoax e-mails here.

Too bad there are so many ways people waste your time with computer and Internet hoaxes! The U.S. Dept. of Energy has a public service Computer Incident Advisory Capability (CIAC Team) and they're your HoaxBusters.  

Don't spread that hoax!  No kids need your email to save their lives.  No one sat on a needle in a movie theater and got HIV.  Here's a catalog of misinformation and hoaxes plus urban legends and myths.

The highly-recommended Internet Scam Busters offers you consumer tips and a free e-zine, and covers everything from online auctions, counterfeit items, and e-mail scams to urban legends, and the best resources for stopping or reducing junk e-mail. 

True or false:  a man has been stranded at a Paris airport for more than a decade.  A dress made of meat was exhibited in the National Gallery of Canada -- true of false?  Find out if recent rumors and press stories on the War on Terrorism are true.  Go to the Urban Legends Reference Pages and don't miss the "Toxin du jour" section! 

Urban Legends helps you separate fact from fiction before you forward that questionable e-mail, expect a free gift certificate from Victoria's Secret, or someone tells you that anti-perspirants cause cancer.  A terrific archive that's well maintained by "people with no lives."

The SEC provides tips and guidelines on Internet fraud, e-mail spam, masquerading newsletters, suspicious bulletin boards, and other valuable pointers at their Internet Fraud site How to Avoid Internet Investment Scams.

To help web users and U.S. companies prevent the 20 worst Internet worms, viruses, and bugs, the FBI has teamed up with the computer industry.  The Top Twenty list combines the knowledge of leading experts and offers you security fixes at the SANS Institute web site.

The FBI also provides A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety -- in English and in Spanish.

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