5 Major Online Risks For Internet Users
in my previous articles, I have tried to look at some of the risk associated with online games generally. In this article, I want to look at some of the major online risks for users. As a user surfing the web, you might not know that you are connected to a network of networks. Therefore, if one system is infected and you do not have antivirus, you might also be infected. That is why you have to know some of these risks so that you can guard yourself against them. Follow me as we will look at some of these risks together in this article.
Here are some of the risks…
#1 Misdirected searches
Please note that parent may do all they could do to protect their children online, but all that could be negated when the child is unconsciously led to visit harmful websites. Please note that search engine use meta-variables to index websites.
When a user searches for websites, the search engine always displays the results using meta variables. Take, for example, a sports website may be indexed by the meta term “soccer”, “football”, “scores” e.t.c.
Also, porn site promoters add popular search terms to their meta variable list so as to redirect the web traffic to their site. Porn site uses the words “sports”, “school”, “movie”, among others to lure children to their websites, unless a filtering software is used, the search engines can not distinguish between the search requests of an adult and a child.
#2 Stealth Site and Misleading URL
There is also the problem of stealth site and misleading URL. First and foremost, pornographic websites thrive on misspelt websites to increase traffic. A pornographic site uses common typo errors to lure visitors to their websites. Children may end up at a pornographic site just by typing www.whitehouse.com instead of www.whitehouse.gov
Also, porn site promoters buy domain names such as the .com equivalent of a .gov or a .org website, being aware that web surfers would end up at their website if there is a typographical error.
#3 Child pornography
Under federal law, child pornography is defined as any visual depiction, including any photograph, film, video, picture, or computer or computer-generated image or picture, whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical, or other means of sexually explicit product, where the production of the visual depiction involve the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Grooming is an act of befriending and establishing an emotional connection with children. Child grooming is used for lessening the child’s inhibition and preparing them for child abuse.
The offenders target children through attention, affection, kindness and sympathy. At times, they may offer them money or attention.
Cyberbullying occurs when a child, preteen, is threatened, harassed, and/or embarrassed using the internet or mobile phones or other communication media. Some of the signs include:
- Upset after using the computer
- Refuse to step out of the house or go to school
- Draw away from friends and family
I know you might agree with some of the points that I have raised in this article. You might not agree with some of the issues raised. Let me know your views about the topic discussed. We will appreciate it if you can drop your comment. Thanks in anticipation.
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