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Evaluating Websites


will schwan

on 6 March 2013

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Transcript of Evaluating Websites

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Acadedic Integrity
Personal Protection Evaluating Websites Evaluating Websites
Academic Accuracy
Coverage Wikiality Summary If the site:
lists the author and institution that published the web page(s)
provides a way to contact the author
lists the author’s credentials
has a preferred domain (.edu, .gov, .org, .net) Emails with links in them that have no other writing, or with strange subject lines such as (i love you) or the senders name
Missspelled words
The gold Padlock SSL designation missing or in the wrong location
Cloned Sites Phishing No, i didn't make a spelling error.
Phishing is an attempt to gather your personal information through emails, phone calls and other targeted messages from pop ups Personal Protection
Online The internet can be a large and confusing place, the following are some tips to help evaluate websites to protect yourself online WWW Who wrote the page?
Can you contact the author / webmaster?
What is the purpose of the document?
Is the author qualified to write this document?

Check for:
e-mail address postal address or phone number

Know the difference: Author v.s. Webmaster What are the author’s credentials?
Where is the document published?
Is there institutional affiliation?
Check the URL domain for clues:
.edu, .org, .gov, .mil more reliable
.com, .ca, .on, .au, .uk, etc. less reliable! What are the goals of the web site?
… to persuade
… to inform
… to entertain
… to sell
Are the goals met? How detailed is the information?
too simple, just right, too complex?
What opinions are expressed?
Is the information free of bias?
Does the site promote advertising? When was it produced?
Look for copyright © information
When was the site last updated?
Do all the links function?
Is the information on the page outdated? Is there a balance of text and images?
Do the links complement the web site’s theme?
Is the information cited correctly? Is there a cost to view the information?
Is the site organized well?
Is there a cost to view the information?
Is the site organized well? has limited advertising
is objective (unbiased) in presenting information
Is current and is updated regularly Can be viewed without limitations
Has operational and relevant links The facts Potential Threats Fraudulent online shops
Sites that distribute pirated music, videos or softwate
Bogus Charity sites
Sites that promote get rich quick schemes 10 million people in North America are victims of identity theft each year
1 in 10 consumers have their identity stolen
38-48% discover the fraud within 3 months
9-18% discover the fraud within 4 years! http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/scamsandidentitytheft/ig/Phishing-Scams-and-Email-Cons/Internet-Scams--job-offer-1.htm Watch out for Cloning Activity Textbook: Read pages 121 – 124
Page 122 “Literacy Toolbox” #1 – 3
Page 125 “Review It” # 1 – 6
Page 132 “Chapter Summary” #2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11. Homework
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