Computer and Web Ethics

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In every society we live, we have to follow the rule of that place. The Internet is growing, growing in the number of users and growing in public perception. The Internet is the new American frontier due to the new technologies is radically transforming almost every aspect of how we communicate and with whom, as well as just about any dimension of our lives. Most Internet users are convinced of its general utility and positive benefits. However behind it, the Internet, as well as its technological offspring’s the World Wide Web has been compared to the Wild West, because no one owns the network and there is no law and regulations. In consequence of the growth of the Internet, there have been increasing calls for its regulation from many sides. As of September 2003, there were approximately 70 million Americans or about 62 percent of the American population had at least one home computer. Another statistic is that about 55% of people also have internet on their home computers. In everyday life it is important for a person to have good ethics; this is also true about computer usage. Due to the fact that more than half of the American population owns computers, computer ethics are a growing concern in a rapidly changing society. Ethics would seem to be the last topic to be covered in a technical discussion of the Internet. How can ethics be defined? They are our moral code. Ethics describe how we determine what is good and right from what is bad and wrong. They are somewhat abstract yet definitely the art of the human race. They distinguish us from other creatures in nature. But, as with any democratic society, the Internet depends on agreed-upon rules of behavior to survive. Computer ethics can be broken down into many topics including piracy, hacking, viruses, spam, phishing, and responsibility of use of software, cyber porn, and invasion of privacy and the use of the computer in the work place. There are other acts that are also unethical and criminal behavior. For example: stealing copyright and credit for intellectual property, the interception of private e-mail, deliberate public misinformation, misusing research material, improper commercial or personal usage of a network, and stealing a person’s credit information. Also there are many issues both moral and professional that a person who uses a computer might face. According to the Computer Ethics Institute, there are Ten Commandments of computer ethics that must be followed in order to operate the computer with good morals and ethics. 1) Thou shalt not use a computer to harm other people. 2) Thou shalt not interfere with other people's computer work. 3) Thou shalt not snoop around in other people's files. 4) Thou shalt not use a computer to steal. 5) Thou shalt not use a computer to bear false witness. 6) Thou shalt not use or copy software for which you have not paid. 7) Thou shalt not use other people's computer resources without authorization. 8) Thou shalt not appropriate other people's intellectual output. 9) Thou shalt think about the social consequences of the program you write. 10) Thou shalt use a computer in ways that show consideration and respect. (www.computerethicsinstitute.org)

Identity theft is on an up rise. Most of us are at risk for being potential victims of this crime. Identity theft occurs when someone uses your personally identifying information (like your name, social security number, or credit card information) and to pretend to be you. The identity thief does this for his own personal gain at the expense of his victim. Where are some ways you can reduce your possibilities of being a victim of this crime. Never use your credit card at a site you’re not sure you can trust. Use delayed password disclosure. It not only uses a password, but also pictures. Purchase good anti-virus software. Never share personal information with anyone while using the internet.

Phishing is when criminals send you a fake e-mail...
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