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Maintaining Privacy While Accessing On-line Information

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Maintaining Privacy While Accessing On-line Information

Tutorial Summary

Online transaction handling using current Web tools can provide privacy for individuals when used properly. However, implementation issues can reduce the trust that customers have in executing online transactions. This tutorial presents examples that illustrate issues that the public must be aware of to preserve their privacy. It introduces procedures and technology that can help to reduce the risks that people face in executing online transactions.

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Outline of Tutorial:

I) Deciding if a Web address is legitimate - how do you know when you connect to a Web site that it is actually registered to the company that you want to contact? Links can take you to unexpected locations.

II) Deciding whether to send form information - the main issue is determining whether appropriate encryption is configured to tranfer data so that it can only be decoded by the intended receiver. Examples of problems that can arise illustrate techniques that can be employed to recognize and avoid them.

III) Implications of Web tracking on privacy - techniques for managing "cookies" affect privacy. Examples of how "cookies" can be used to link personal data.

IV) Maintaining your Web space - private information that is improperly loaded into a Web page may be found and accessed, deliberately or accidentally.


Scott Spetka has been teaching Web Development and Internet Programming for over 10 years. Over the past 12 years, he has been working on research and development in distributed systems implemented using CGI, Javascript, and other Web development technologies.

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