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Web Stalkers
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity

All about Anyone: Just a Mouse-Click Away

Using a search engine like Google.com is a good way to discover how much personal information is readily available on the Internet.  Simply use a web browser like Internet Explorer or Netscape, surf to www.google.com, and type a name in the search box.  If an individual participates in online communities like UseNet or e-mail discussion lists with public archives, their name will most likely be listed many times. 

Other search engines specialize in locating phone numbers and physical addresses.  One widely used web site of this type is Directory Assistance Plus (www.daplus.us).  With just a person’s name and the state in which they reside, it is possible to retrieve not only their phone number and address, but also more speculative information.  Personal data available with these types of searches may include the estimated value of a person’s home, how long they have lived there and their salary.  It goes without saying that easy access to this and other types of personal information can become dangerous.

Finding Private Medical Information

Medical records are a source of valuable information for those invested in the healthcare industry.  Trying to predict market demands for medical services in the future is no easy task.  A great deal of data must be accumulated and analyzed.  The more information that goes into formulating these projections means the greater the odds of producing an accurate forecast.

Health and wellness statistics for the U.S. population are available to anyone who cares to investigate.  These records do not violate personal privacy, since all data applies only to demographic groups.  The problem occurs when individual privacy is overlooked, and personal healthcare information is used by intrusive companies hungry for data to fuel their next business decision.


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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