Michael was going through his e-mail. There was a great offer for a free laptop. All he had to do was go to this website and enter a contest. The form asked for his name, address, phone number, and e-mail address....

Terry was downloading some music off a p2p website. Suddenly his computer has a virus.


Describe the problem and create a list of guidelines to help students protect their privacy, personal information, and their computers.

Focusing Questions

  • In what way does one need to secure their computer?
  • What common approaches do cyber-crooks use to get your private information? How can you stop them from being successful?
  • Vocabulary:
    • Phishing
    • Worms
    • Trojans
    • Spyware, Malware, Adware
    • Spam
  • How would you recognize if a site is secure?


Phishing Scams: In Plain English

1. Block, Sandra. "Identity theft's a big pain, but." USA Today 6 Feb. 2007. 2
Sept. 2008 <>.

2. Youngs, Laura. "Common scams to be aware of as a consumer, business owner ."
The Augusta Chronicle (GA) 11 Mar. 2007. Newspaper Source. EBSCO. 7
Sept. 2008 <>.


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