Online Safety Web Sites - dummies

By Nancy C. Muir, Linda Criddle

Part of Using the Internet Safely For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A number of Web-sites are dedicated to Internet safety. These Web sites can help you understand online risks, such as identity theft and scams, and can help you generally be a safer online consumer:

  • LOOKBOTHWAYS offers blogs and step-by-step procedures to help you stay safer. Keep up with the latest online risks and gain skills to be a safer online consumer. The Ask Linda feature lets you ask safety questions at any time for expert advice.

  • Fighting Back Against Identity Theft is a site from the Federal Trade Commission that guides you through the process of deterring ID thieves, detecting ID theft, and defending yourself against it.

  • The National Fraud Information Center’s site lets you look up the latest online scams, under the theory that knowledge is power. It also has an online complaint form that you can use to inform them of bad experiences you’ve had with online spammers or scammers.

  • The Better Business Bureau is a good place to start in identifying online stores that are safe to do business with.

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission site is a good place to get information to help you protect your investments and access investment calculators.

  • CNET is a good site for reading reviews of products from their editors and users before making your online purchase. CNET has a strong focus on electronics and technology, so if you’re thinking of buying a computer, this is a good source of information.