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Web Stalkers
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity

Finding Private Medical Information

There is a wealth of personal information readily available for anyone interested.  But for those who seek very specific and sensitive information, a more direct method is used.  Often they just ask for it.  Through elaborate tricks and scams, thousands have been persuaded to surrender valuable information and suffered the consequences.  The next section will explore ways to keep from becoming a victim.

Tracing E-mail

Most people have received an e-mail message from senders they did not know.  Maybe it was a car dealer inviting them to test drive a new vehicle, the publisher of the magazine they subscribe to reminding them that their renewal is due, or someone explaining how they can order medicine over the Internet.  The majority of people recognize the e-mail addresses of their friends.  However, when they receive a message from, they may not realize that it is from Crossroads of the West, the Western re-enactment society they joined a few months ago.

If they are receiving messages that are of harassing, libelous, or of otherwise unwanted nature, they may want to know the real person’s name associated with those messages.  These messages are not classified as spam (unsolicited marketing), rather they are e-mails that may threaten physical violence, death or may simply be harmless.  Regardless, more information on the sender may be desired.  So how does an individual find out who is behind a given e-mail address?  Two ways to do this are through WHOIS and FINGER.


Before explaining these terms, a little history of the Internet is required.  Most people are familiar with “browsing the web” or “surfing the Internet” using a program called a browser.  The more common browsers are Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer, but there are many others such as Mozilla, Opera, Lynx, and Mosaic.  These browsers use directions given to them by name servers to locate the web pages a person is searching for.

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

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