Don't Fall Victim to Internet Fraud-10 Tips for Safer Surfing

Written by Eric Buck

The Internet offers a global marketplace for consumers and businesses. However, criminals also recognizerepparttar potential of cyberspace. The same scams that have reached us by telephone and in our mailbox can now be found onrepparttar 137316 World Wide Web and in email. Organizations such asrepparttar 137317 National Fraud Information Center have emerged to help people recognize shady schemes in order to prevent further victims.

According torepparttar 137318 Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC), a partnership betweenrepparttar 137319 National White Collar Crime Center andrepparttar 137320 FBI,repparttar 137321 number of fraud victims is inrepparttar 137322 hundreds of thousands and total dollars lost are inrepparttar 137323 hundreds of millions, and rising at an exponential rate. A search on Google for "internet fraud" results in over 3,200,000 listings atrepparttar 137324 time of this writing!

It is difficult sometimes to tellrepparttar 137325 difference between reputable online sellers and criminals who userepparttar 137326 Internet to separate people from their money. You can protect yourself by learning how to recognizerepparttar 137327 danger signs of fraud. If you are a victim of Internet fraud, it is important to file a complaint withrepparttar 137328 IFCC at quickly so that law enforcement agencies can quickly shut downrepparttar 137329 fraudulent operations.

Know whom you're dealing with. Ifrepparttar 137330 seller or charity is unfamiliar, check with your state or local consumer protection agency andrepparttar 137331 Better Business Bureau ( Searchrepparttar 137332 Federal Trade Commission website ( forrepparttar 137333 company or organization that you are considering doing business with. Some Web sites have feedback forums, which can provide useful information about other people's experiences with particular sellers. Getrepparttar 137334 physical address and phone number (and actually make a call before you give them money-to make sure thatrepparttar 137335 phone number is correct) in case there is a problem later.

Guard your personal information. Make sure that any website that requires sensitive information is encrypted. An encrypted website usually has a yellow padlock symbol somewhere onrepparttar 137336 page, typically atrepparttar 137337 bottom. Don't provide your credit card or bank account number unless you are actually paying for something. Your social security number should not be necessary unless you are applying for credit. Be especially suspicious if someone claiming to be from a company with whom you have an account asks for information thatrepparttar 137338 business already has.

Some DSL Broadband definitions

Written by Steve

Some DSL Broadband definitions,

Often too many people get confused with allrepparttar definitions, here we have explained in easy to understand terms.

ADSL: Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line - asymmetric meaning it's faster downstream than upstream.

ASAM: Advanced Services Access Manager -Whether you have a DSLAM or ASAM in your exchange doesn't really matter. They dorepparttar 137206 same thing. See DSLAM's as well.

ATM: Asynchronous Transfer Mode - a method of encapsulation which is capable of many virtual circuits. With these, providers (ISP's) can split an ATM connection (155Mbit or 622Mbit) up into many connections. ATM isn't just used for DSL but inrepparttar 137207 case of DSL it's used to provision each customer.

Contention Ratios A contention ratio isrepparttar 137208 number of users to xMbit of bandwidth. For example some providers offer 2Mbit DSL, with a ratio of 50:1, meaning 50 users to 1Mbit of bandwidth.

CPE Customer Premises Equipment,repparttar 137209 term that describesrepparttar 137210 equipment used onrepparttar 137211 customer end of a connection, for example your DSL modem/router, cable modem, black box on Wired Country etc.

DSL Digital Subscriber Line.

DSLAM Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer - They are placed in DSL enabled Telecomm exchanges, when your modem syncs up andrepparttar 137212 DSL light comes on, it means you are connected. When data travels down your connection, it goes fromrepparttar 137213 CPE -> DSLAM -> RAN -> ISP

ERX Edge Routing Exchange. See RAN.

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