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Web Stalkers
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity

Genealogy Websites

Another location for personal information is web sites designed to help would-be researchers piece together family histories.  Whatever the reason for researching ancestors, there are many tools available that make the task easier than it has been in the past.  Many local and regional government agencies make various public records available on the Internet.  Some charge a fee and others are free.  Genealogy.com and ancestry.com are two web-based services that operate as information clearinghouses.  These information clearinghouses easily extend a search over a wider area than would be possible by manually going to each state or county website and performing searches separately.

The Social Security Death Index, or SSDI, offers a way to search for deceased persons that participated in the Social Security program.  The results include social security numbers.  This provides an easy way for a deceased individual’s social security information being used for fraudulent purposes.  Indeed, a deceased person’s social security number was used by a criminal to register voters for a presidential election.

As the next chapter will demonstrate, criminals can use social security numbers to engage in many types of destructive and illegal activity, including identity theft. 

All about Anyone: Just a Mouse-Click Away

Many people know that Google.com is a popular and effective search engine.  It is so popular in fact, that Google has become a verb.  The verb Google is frequently used as a synonym for search.  For example, instead of asking someone if they searched for the address of a restaurant on the Internet, one might ask, “Did you google that restaurant?


The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert
 

http://www.rampant-books.com/book_2004_2_stalkers.htm


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