Masters in Criminal Justice http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com Sun, 22 Oct 2017 18:52:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 A Peek Inside Custom Agents Information http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2010/a-peek-inside-custom-agents-information/ http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2010/a-peek-inside-custom-agents-information/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2010 22:32:37 +0000 http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/?p=233 One of the growing sectors within the country’s Homeland Security program is that of Custom and Border Patrol agents.  Currently, one of the most heightened goals of customs agents is to ensure that the borders are protected from any illegal … Continue reading

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One of the growing sectors within the country’s Homeland Security program is that of Custom and Border Patrol agents.  Currently, one of the most heightened goals of customs agents is to ensure that the borders are protected from any illegal activity and contraband through securing the borders.  However, customs agents are also in charge of assessing normal goods that pass between borders and ensuring that the goods have been appropriately paid through the fines and duties. 

The United States has prided itself on its open status of welcoming people from every background, although the past few years have shown a heightened security on this melting pot society.  While it may seem unfortunate that we no longer trust every person who enters our country, we can feel secure that custom agents protect our borders both from potential terrorists and from deadly weapons or drugs.  Becoming a customs agent is no easy task, and involves becoming a member of the largest law enforcement unit in the country, an honorable position to be sure.  Customs agents are forced to deal with unstable situations on a daily basis in order to continue protecting the American public from harm. 

Border towns are the most susceptible to infiltration, and therefore customs agents are typically positioned in towns near the Mexican and Canadian borders.  Mexico poses the biggest threat for customs agents, due to the heightened drug violence in the country.  Additionally, while the borders have become more secure in the past years, there are still a number of people who sneak their way across the border, indicating that potential terrorists could do the same.  Customs agents now have the heightened burden of checking every person’s passport, even if they only went across the border for twenty minutes.  Only a few years ago, this was not the practice, but new security measures have been put into place to further protect our borders.

While customs agents have recently busied themselves with the threat of terroristic threats and potential weapons of violence, there are still daily drug and human trafficking seizure which they play a part in.  Many people do not know that one of the major traffic stops exist an hour from border towns, in which customs agents ensure that there are no illegal aliens nor drugs in the car, thereby further ensuring that they will not make it out of the 60 mile radius of the border.   Becoming a customs agent is not the future for every person, but it can be one of the most fulfilling occupations because each day you further protect the country against illegal drugs, weapons, or potentially dangerous immigrants.  While the country continues to be welcoming of citizens from every country, we have taken heightened precautions in light of our international situation and customs agents are at the forefront of this domestic battle. 

 

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By Katie Wilson

Divorce is a process that doesn’t just wreak havoc on your emotions, it also wrecks your finances and leaves you in debt more often than not. To minimize these impacts, you and your spouse could try and reach an amicable divorce, one that lets you separate as friends and also saves you quite a large amount of money. If you’re looking for legal help, but still want to keep your battle out of the courtroom and the prying eyes of the public, here are a few options that allow you to divorce amicably:

•    Hire just one lawyer: While both husband and wife cannot retain the same attorney, if they’ve already agreed to go in for a divorce that’s not acrimonious and have reached a satisfactory conclusion as to the division of property and custody of children, if any, one of them can hire a lawyer to take care of the legal aspects of the divorce. The attorney takes care of all the paperwork and handles the court-related issues pertinent to the divorce. The spouse who retains the attorney is required to draft a document that prohibits the attorney from doing anything that is likely to cause friction between husband and wife and ruin the amicability of the divorce. Hiring one lawyer who is on the same side as both husband and wife as opposed to two who are on opposite sides and hence likely to prolong the case is bound to save the couple a large sum of money.

•    Go in for a collaborative divorce: In a collaborative divorce, both husband and wife hire their own attorneys, but the legal representatives are required to sign a contract that states that they will work with each to reach a mutually satisfactory settlement. If such a settlement is not reached, the lawyers must withdraw from the case, a clause that removes the possibility of either or both lawyers trying to initiate litigation in order to gain a higher fee.

•    Go in for dispute resolution: Dispute resolution allows you to settle your differences outside court. There are two forms, both of which feature a third party, neutral arbitrator – Arbitration in which the decree of the arbitrator is binding, that is, both husband and wife must accept his or her ruling as they would in a court; and Mediation where they’re not required to accept the decision of the arbitrator if they’re not satisfied with it.

 

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Does a Breach of Ethics Count as White Collar Crime? http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/does-a-breach-of-ethics-count-as-white-collar-crime/ http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/does-a-breach-of-ethics-count-as-white-collar-crime/#respond Thu, 09 Apr 2009 21:16:55 +0000 http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/?p=183 By Katie Wilson The AIG scandal has the nation in a righteous uproar; the question that everyone is asking is this – with the company reporting losses in the fourth quarter to the tune of $61.7 billion, the largest loss … Continue reading

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By Katie Wilson

The AIG scandal has the nation in a righteous uproar; the question that everyone is asking is this – with the company reporting losses in the fourth quarter to the tune of $61.7 billion, the largest loss in the corporate sector till date, and when $175 billion of taxpayers’ money was handed out by the Obama government to keep the company afloat for the sake of national interests, how is it possible that AIG gave out bonuses worth $165 million to its top derivative traders? 

The money given to them was to be used to turn the company’s fortunes around, not to make the fortunes of the top brass in the organization. As President Obama put it, the initial collapse of the company was caused by recklessness and greed. The executives at AIG, instead of being grateful for the financial rescue and working harder than ever before to restore the company to its glory days, they’re only thinking of grabbing all they can and lining their own pockets from the bailout money – more displays of their greed and recklessness.

Could this blatant lack of ethics be considered white collar crime? Yes, it can. Because, in effect, it means that the traders at AIG are robbing the taxpayers to pay themselves huge bonuses that they are not worthy of in the first place. How does a company that reported the largest loss in corporate history justify paying its executives fat bonuses? How does AIG justify using the taxpayers’ money to pay out salaries and bonuses when the future of the company is at stake? Maybe they’re just doing what the head honchos at General Motors, Chrysler and Ford did when they flew down in the private jets to seek a bailout for the auto industry from the government?

When we talk of white collar crime, we often close our eyes to the moral and ethical wrongdoings that take place in the corporate world and focus only on the more blatant frauds being committed. But it’s the smaller drops that slowly contribute to the larger ocean, which is why it’s the basic greed of the corporate fraudster and the outright disregard that he/she shows for the common man that add up to the mess that is AIG today.

Even as Congress debates the initiation of a law that will allow them to tax the AIG executives and recoup the money given out as bonuses, the resignation of Jake DeSantis, executive vice-president in AIG’s financial products division which sustained some of the heaviest losses, is making news again because of his open tirade against his boss for failing to “defend his staff against the venom spewed by Congress regarding their well-earned bonuses”.
A fine way to earn a living isn’t it? Report losses worth billions, beg the government for billions more of the taxpayers’ money, and then take a huge chunk of this money for yourself as a nice fat bonus. Maybe we should all take leaves out of the books of the AIG executives this recession and write books that offer advice on how to survive a global economic crisis – take a bonus out of borrowed money and pretend that all is well!

 

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Five Top Online CJ Masters Programs http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/five-top-online-cj-masters-programs/ http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/five-top-online-cj-masters-programs/#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2009 17:15:06 +0000 http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/?p=235 Criminal Justice degrees are a new way to enter into higher tiered law enforcement careers around the nation, including the exclusive ranks of the FBI and CIA.  The higher your education is within these programs, the less competition you will … Continue reading

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Criminal Justice degrees are a new way to enter into higher tiered law enforcement careers around the nation, including the exclusive ranks of the FBI and CIA.  The higher your education is within these programs, the less competition you will have with other applicants, making a valid point for continuing your education in criminal justice.  There are many opportunities for potential students hoping to earn a master’s degree in criminal justice, but the top five programs are as follows:
•    The University of Maryland: Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
•    The University at Albany – SUNY
•    The University of Cincinnati
•    The University of Missouri at St. Louis
•    Penn State University at University Park (tied with) University of California at Irvine

These six schools have proved their worth to students across the nation as the highest level graduate programs for potential students of criminal justice and contain some of the highest-qualified faculty to teach the programs.  Additionally, these programs have begun to offer some courses through the internet, effectively expanding their student population by attracting a wider variety of students to their stellar programs. 

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland was established in 1969, recently celebrating its 40th anniversary as a program.  The program offers students the opportunity to learn through understanding the underlying studies of crime and delinquency and also boasts a top research facility in criminal justice. 

The School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany declares in its mission statement that it examines all aspects of crime, including political, economic, and cultural patterns that help define the crime.  This better prepares students for a deeper understanding of the socioeconomic factors that may come into play in determining the nature of certain criminals.  Additionally, the program focuses on the interactions between various criminal justice systems around the country and the way each sector works together. 

The University of Cincinnati boasts another impressive facility, priding itself on its impressive research productivity, and is further recognized as one of the top doctoral criminal justice programs in the nation.  This school focuses much more on the research aspect of criminal justice and provides opportunities for its students through a wide array of training and assistant programs in the research sector. 

The University of Missouri Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice  focus on the research behind crime and criminal intent, boasting a stellar faculty and taff.  This school is one of the top ranked research institutions, and the criminal justice program is no different, offering many potential opportunities for graduate students.

Penn State’s Department of Sociology and Crime, Law, and Justice, is one of the highest ranked graduate programs in the state due to its stellar research institutions as well as its ability to attract a large population in the program.  The program focuses on analyzing the crime as well as performing much fieldwork.  Additionally, despite the large population, the student-faculty ratio remains low and allows students to frequently interact with their professors and learn their knowledge about the field.  Finally, the University of California’s department of Criminology, Law and Society department is tied for fifth place with Penn State, and offers a new integration between criminology and law and society.  A new foray into the industry, the school incorporates many top level faculty and is only one of two similar programs within the state.

Graduate programs for criminal justice students are wide-spread across the country, but achieving a world-class education from these top five schools is a different educational experience that will help prove your level of expertise in the criminal justice community.  While these schools are relatively traditional classroom schools, they have each begun to offer courses through distance learning, effectively demonstrating that online education has begun to infiltrate every sector of continuing education and can now reach students all over the country. 

 

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The Enlightenment that Comes with a Masters in Criminal Justice http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/the-enlightenment-that-comes-with-a-masters-in-criminal-justice/ http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/the-enlightenment-that-comes-with-a-masters-in-criminal-justice/#respond Wed, 11 Feb 2009 17:39:51 +0000 http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/?p=239 Criminal justice degrees are very broad undergraduate degree programs that are meant to mold into a variety of possible careers.  As a result, it’s only after earning a master’s degree that students begin to find a specialized career choice and … Continue reading

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Criminal justice degrees are very broad undergraduate degree programs that are meant to mold into a variety of possible careers.  As a result, it’s only after earning a master’s degree that students begin to find a specialized career choice and can make changes within the criminal justice system.  This is particularly important in fields such as international justice, in which nations around the world are unsure how to tackle larger justice problems due to the many conflicting ideologies.

Students of criminal justice frequently find their way into law enforcement careers or justice-oriented law careers which deal exclusively with criminal law.  However, students of masters programs can expand their knowledge of the justice system by being introduced to the intricacies of our own system and the differences between the many international justice systems.  These are vital skills to have in a global economy, especially when many nations are become more closely intertwined.  The international criminal justice system is a work in progress, as many world leaders are struggling to accept other methods of prosecuting international criminals.  This is one of the leading topics within the criminal justice system and exploring more of what it entails will lead to a more thorough understanding of the international system, as well as a possible career within programs like the UN.

Additionally, other Masters degree programs in criminal justice allow students to get a better understanding of what their future could consist of in a highly specialized sector of law enforcement.  Some students of higher criminal justice degree programs can go on to earn positions at the FBI or CIA.  Further classes in criminal justice help prepare students to face the “seedy” aspects of the criminal justice system and understand the criminal mindset better than a bachelors degree would allow them to.  Certain positions in law enforcement require a deeper understanding of the specialty you are going into, and while this may come with experience in the industry, other employers will accept a higher degree in criminal justice.

Criminal justice is an ever expanding industry because it encompasses so many different fields and positions.  Crime will always be the center of the criminal justice industry, but there are other aspects that have little to do with crime and the justice system, but which still require the specialization of criminal justice.  Therefore, it is always a good idea to consider a further degree if you enjoy the bachelors degree courses and the future prospects of a career.  
 

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100 Tips, Tools, and Resources to Protect Your Online Reputation http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/100-tips-tools-and-resources-to-protect-your-online-reputation/ http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/100-tips-tools-and-resources-to-protect-your-online-reputation/#respond Wed, 11 Feb 2009 08:30:19 +0000 http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/?p=157 Individuals and businesses no longer have to worry about their reputation in real life but in the virtual world as well, making it twice as hard to keep up with what's being said. Continue reading

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With the advent of online tools that make it easy to share information, meet new people and keep in touch faster than ever, reputation has taken on a twofold dimension. Individuals and businesses no longer have to worry about their reputation in real life but in the virtual world as well, making it twice as hard to keep up with what’s being said. There are some ways that you can work to manage your online reputation, however, whether you’re doing it for yourself or for your business. These resources provide tips and tools to make it easier to track, control and manage your online reputation so you stay on top and in control of your personal and professional image.

Tips

Here are some general tips to consider when managing your online reputation.

  1. Create official online profiles. Don’t let just anyone talk about you online. Create your own profiles and websites complete with the kind of information you actually want to be available about you.
  2. Check what people are saying about you online. Whether good or bad you can do yourself a favor by finding out just what is being said about you online. Use some of the tools mentioned later in this article to keep yourself in the loop.
  3. Stay on the ball. Don’t get lazy about monitoring your reputation. If necessary, perform monthly checks to see if there’s any information about you that could be potentially harmful.
  4. Google yourself. The simplest way to find out where your or your company’s online reputation stands is to Google yourself. See what kind of results pop up first. If they aren’t what they’d like them to be, you’ve got some work to do.
  5. Assume everything can get on the web. Both in your personal and professional life, what you say online and off can come back to bite you. Be safe and assume any emails, conversations or photos out there can eventually end up on the Web.
  6. Choose your words carefully. If you are blogging, running a website or just have a social media profile, be careful what you post. Unless you’re looking for controversy what you say may cause you problems in the future.
  7. Know your weaknesses. If you know your business has a particular weakness or are just familiar with your propensity for getting wild on the weekend, keep this in mind and have it as your top priority for checking on your online reputation.
  8. Protect yourself from hackers. This may seem like it goes without saying, but many people fail to adequately secure their online information. Make sure yours is as safe as it possibly can be.
  9. Keep social networks private. One way to deter prying eyes is to keep your social networking profiles private to all except those you approve. This will keep casual viewers from seeing your information, good or bad.
  10. Consider pseudonyms.If you do want to keep a blog or engage in hijinks on internet message boards, create a name for yourself to hide behind so you can’t be easily tracked.
  11. Be proactive. Instead of waiting until you have an issue with your online reputation, stay ahead of the game. Search for what’s being said about you regularly so you’ll stay up-to-date.
  12. Act fast. If you do find something said or posted about you online that you feel could be particularly damaging to you, take action immediately. Whether its your friend posting photos from your Vegas trip or someone you don’t know slandering your business, taking care of it sooner rather than later is best.
  13. Keep your cool. You may be incensed at what someone has said about you online, but don’t let it show. Keep your anger to yourself and off the internet where it can do more harm than good.

Articles

These articles provide some useful and informative reading material for anyone wanting to know more about online reputation both for businesses and individuals.

  1. Protect Your Online Reputation: This article from SEO Chat lays out some basics for monitoring and protecting your online reputation.
  2. Ten Tactics That Could Save Your Online Reputation: The CEO of Trakur gives some great advice in this Mashable article on how your company can avoid reputation meltdown.
  3. How to Manage Your Online Reputation: This article goes through a number of tools and how to use them to keep your reputation intact.
  4. Social Networks Become Powerful Tool in Online Reputation Management: Find out how social networks are playing a bigger role than ever in online reputation from this short article.
  5. How to Create Online Reputation Tools for Your Brand: Worried about the online component of your company’s brand? This article gives some advice on creating custom tools to monitor and control your online rep.
  6. Online Reputation Handbook: You’ll find just about everything you ever wanted to know about online reputation in this helpful handbook.
  7. Manage Your Online Reputation: Lifehacker gives some great tips and pointers, as well as links to tools that can help you get control of your reputation.
  8. Free Online Reputation Management Beginner’s Guide: If you’ve never done much with online reputation before, or haven’t even considered it, check out this business-geared article.
  9. How To Protect, Fix Your Online Reputation: From keeping problems from arising to fixing them when they do, this article is full of helpful advice.
  10. Using Social Media to Manage Online Reputation: Find out how social media can be a help, not just a hindrance, to online reputation.
  11. Basics of Online Reputation Management: Here you’ll learn the basics of getting your online reputation in order.
  12. Managing Your Reputation Online: Technology Review provides this informative article that can help you understand and take action when it comes to your virtual reputation.
  13. Online Reputation Management for Individuals: Online reputation isn’t just a concern for businesses, and this article explains how individuals can keep their name in good standing as well.

Websites and Blogs

These sites are dedicated to helping you keep an eye on and manage online reputation, providing the basics, suggestions for security, and much more.

  1. Online Reputation: This site has articles on everything from brand reputation management to monitoring your reputation online.
  2. The Reputation Blog: Business owners and leaders can take advantage of the advice offered by this blog.
  3. Reputation Advisor: Here you’ll find advice and articles that provide essential information on keeping your business’ rep and your own looking good.
  4. Reputation Management: From information on slander protection to posts about using search engines to monitor your reputation this blog is full of great info and insight.
  5. CopyBrighter: Get some new insights into online reputation management and social media from this blog.
  6. StepRepBlog: Find out just what social reputation is or get tips on connecting positively with customers from this site.
  7. OnlineReputation.com: This site provides more in-depth explanations on how to use reputation tracking software, advice on building a solid online rep, and much more.

Personal Identity

These tools can help you manage your numerous online profiles, monitor your personal reputation and more.

  1. ClaimID: Check out this program that uses OpenID to manage your personal identity over several sites, meaning you only have to remember the password for one, not numerous ones.
  2. FindMeOn: Want to connect your identity over several sites? FindMeOn lets you do that while keeping your information private and secure.
  3. FreeYourID: Make maintaining your online identity easy, with this tool that bases it directly on your name.
  4. Garlik: If you’re worried that your identity may be more than marred and straight out stolen, give this tool a try. You’ll be able to search for mentions of you on the web that might involve identity theft.
  5. myOpenID: Don’t worry about having multiple logins with this OpenID site.
  6. SpyShakers: Try this tool to get access to any of your profile passwords remotely. It specializes in protecting your information from spyware.
  7. TypeKey: TypeKey allows you to integrate your blog into your OpenID, allowing you to manage pretty much everything with one main profile.
  8. Realmee: Here you can create a personal profile that will allow you to more easily control what others can see of you online.
  9. LookUpPage: Want to control what people find when they search for you? This site helps out, by giving you a central page that comes up at the top when your name is searched for.
  10. MonitorThis: Try out this site to monitor and track keywords over multiple search engines, giving you clues about who’s talking about you.

Professional Identity

Keep your business’ name out of the mud by protecting it with these helpful tools.

  1. Trust-Index: Find out how well your business is trusted with this tool.
  2. Google Alerts: With Google Alerts you can get email updates of the latest google results based on your name or other topic of your choosing.
  3. BoardTracker: Whether you post on boards yourself or want to see if anyone else is talking about you, this tool makes it easy to filter to threads.
  4. Vanno: Get an online reputation the democratic way, with this site that allows others to vote on the stories, videos and blogs about your company.
  5. Serph: Use this search tool to look up your company and find out just what kind of buzz is going around the web about your company.
  6. Searchles: This social search engine can help you keep up with the news out about your business.
  7. Omgili: Search through the numerous forums out there to find out what people are saying about you using this helpful tool.
  8. BoardReader: This tool is especially useful, allowing users to search through forums, videos, Twitter conversations, IMDB and more.
  9. Joongel: Zoom in on the type of media you’d like to search with this online tool. Choose from videos, photos, shopping sites, and more.
  10. Techrigy: This company makes it easier and simpler to monitor your business’ reputation online.
  11. Keotag: Match blogs with tags that reflect talk about your business or related topics using this tool.
  12. UpdatePatrol: This tool makes it easy to watch websites for updates and changes, which can sometimes be useful when you want to know what a particular site is saying about you.
  13. BrandsEye: Hook up with this company to get stats and other information on where your business or blog reputation stands online.

Blog Tools

With the great proliferation of blogs out there, it’s worth your time to keep track of what’s being said about you on them. These tools make it easy and convenient to do just that.

  1. Zuula: If you want to get posts just from blogs, try out this search engine. Users can also limit results to photos or videos.
  2. SezWho: Follow who’s important in the blogging world and what they may be saying about you with this tool. Also useful to find out where your personal blog may stand.
  3. Technorati: Whether you’re blogging personally or professionally, listing your blog with Technorati can be a big help in managing your online reputation. You’ll get updates whenever someone links to your blog so you can keep tabs on what people are saying about you or your business.
  4. BackType: BackType is a service that lets you find, follow, and share comments from across the Web, allowing you to keep track of where you’ve been and what you’ve said on blogs.
  5. TweetBeep: TweetBeep will let you keep track of conversations on Twitter than mention you or your business or anything else you’d like to track.
  6. co.mments: When you sign up for an account with this site you’ll be able to track comments and conversations that can influence your online reputation.
  7. Blogpulse: Keep your finger on the pulse of what’s going on in the blogging world, especially in relation to your business using the tools offered on this site.
  8. Trendpedia: For businesses, this can be a valuable tool to track when and what your business is getting attention for and how you’re doing compared to your competitors.
  9. Twist: Twist allows users to compare mentions of several different topics and view recent tweets about each one, making it easy to track info about businesses.
  10. monitter: This tool lets you do much the same as Twist, but you can monitor topics in real-time or by geographic region.
  11. Buzzlogic: Track buzz in the blogging world with this site, and find out just who’s word matters when it comes to blogs.

Profile Management

These tools make it easier to keep track of your social networking profiles and your online reputation in turn.

  1. Comwat: Use Comwat to organize your social networking profiles into one so that its easier for others to find and easier to control what they see.
  2. onXiam: Here you can establish a central online identity, use this identity to link up all your other sites, and even promote this new online location as well.
  3. OtherEgo: Show off everything that you’re involved in on the net through this centralized site.
  4. Zoolit: Check out this landing page service that makes it super easy to manage all the social networks you’ve been using.
  5. Venyo: From lengthy blogs to simple comments, this site allows you to access everything you’ve done online, building up a trustworthy reputation at the same time.
  6. ProfileMat: Pull all your existing online profiles together into a "mat" and allow users to comment on this new singular profile instead.
  7. SimplifID: This site allows users to organize the online world by creating one central place you can access your blogs, social networking sites and more, allowing you to categorize it by type of viewer.
  8. SocialURL: Here you can connect all your online identities by linking your social networking profiles to one URL.
  9. ProfileBuilder: Want to create a professional looking profile using material from your existing social networks? This site lets you do just that, keeping or blocking the elements you choose and giving you a super useful home page to visit.

Managing Your Reputation

These tools allow you to hunt down what’s being said about you and find out just what others think of you or your business.

  1. Naymz: Give this site a try to get feedback from people you’ve worked with, customers and friends.
  2. Rapleaf: Here you can look up your personal or professional reputation, rate other people and businesses and get your own ratings.
  3. RepVine: Using a search engine is the easiest way for people who want to know about you to find out more. This site helps you to control what they find when they do this.
  4. Keotag: Manage the blogsphere with this site that allows users to find tagged blog posts over several blog search engines.
  5. TrustPl.us: Are you trustworthy? This site works by analyzing your or more like your business’ trust scores and giving you a ranking.
  6. ReputationDefender: If you’ve found information about yourself online that’s less than true or extremely detrimental to you, try out the services of this company that helps you get things said about you online removed.
  7. FriendFeed: Whether you want to keep up with what your friends are looking at or keep up with what’s being said about you personally, this site is a useful tool.
  8. Social Media Fire Hose: This helpful tool tracks your name, brand or product across sites like Digg, FriendFeed and others that specialize in social media.
  9. Trackur: If you’re willing to shell out for a little help monitoring your reputation, Trackur is a great choice with tools that will search through all kinds of sites from social media to video.
  10. Radian6: This tool makes it easier to monitor social media, often to the benefit of businesses who can use the information to their advantage to build better reputations and products.
  11. Cision: For a fee, this tool can help you monitor "100 million blogs, tens of thousands of online forums, and over 450 leading rich media sites."
  12. Web of Trust: Ensure your website is considered trusted by joining up with this site. After all, no one wants to be associated with a dangerous site– it’s just bad for business.

General Tools

If you haven’t already, bookmark these sites which can be a big help in maintaining your reputation positively online.

  1. Digg: Check out Digg regularly to see if anyone has submitted stories about your or your business.
  2. Reddit: Similar to Digg, this site will allow you to see how much interest there is you on the Web.
  3. delicious: This social bookmarking site is a good place to see if your webpage or information about you or your business is being passed around by others.
  4. Flickr: Think there may be some less-than-impressive photos of you out there? Trying searching this photo site to see if you come up.
  5. Facebook: Facebook can be a great place to network, just make sure you keep your profile free from things you wouldn’t want spread about you.
  6. MySpace: With millions of visitors, this popular social networking site can be a great place to get your and your business’ name out there.
  7. LinkedIn: Here you can create a professional profile that will allow you to interact with others in your profession in a safe and positive manner.
  8. Google: There’s no easier way to find out what your online reputation is than to do a simple Google search.
  9. Rollyo: If you want a more customized option for searching, try out this great search engine that you can tailor to your online reputation finding needs.
  10. Furl: Another social bookmarking site, here you can track who’s interested in your sites.
  11. Twitter: Whether you want to communicate with others or track the buzz about you on the net, Twitter is an essential tool.
  12. WordPress: If you’re going to start a blog to be the face of you or your company, this site makes it easy to do so.

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The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate Blackberry (Obama’s) http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/the-ultimate-guide-to-the-ultimate-blackberry-obamas/ http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/the-ultimate-guide-to-the-ultimate-blackberry-obamas/#respond Tue, 10 Feb 2009 06:50:43 +0000 http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/?p=156 After January 20, Obama was still seen carrying around a BlackBerry, though speculation continued to surround its special security tools, its limitations, Obama‚Äôs ability to use it freely, and even which BlackBerry edition Obama was allowed to use. Continue reading

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During his campaign and after he was elected president, Barack Obama was praised for a democratic view of the Internet and for issuing in a new era of presidency 2.0. He was tuned into the new media techniques and systems used to connect the country, especially his own supporters. Through Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, Obama extended his love of immediate connection to the outside world and his own Crackberry habit to the general public.

In fact, Barack Obama was also teased for his BlackBerry obsession, and his proclamation that he simply couldn’t live without it inspired some journalists and advertising professionals to speculate that he would make the ultimate front man for BlackBerry, earning between $25-50 million in endorsements, if he were allowed to accept it.

Unfortunately for Obama, however, security officials started to wonder at the problems having a president with an open e-mail account and Crackberry habit would start, in terms of privacy and national security vulnerability. Rumors swirled that once he was sworn in, Obama would have to give up his BlackBerry cold turkey. But after January 20, Obama was still seen carrying around a BlackBerry, though speculation continued to surround its special security tools, its limitations, Obama’s ability to use it freely, and even which BlackBerry edition Obama was allowed to use. Read on to find out more about the e-mail security and encryption devices that President Obama uses, or probably uses, as well as the different security concerns that have had to be worked out in order to indulge the ultimate BlackBerry user.

E-mail Security and Encryption

These security and encryption tricks and tools are what’s keeping Obama’s e-mail accounts private.

  • No IMs: Barack Obama and his aides are not allowed to use any instant messaging features on his BlackBerry. ThinkProgress.org reports that the Presidential Records Act would "likely require the disclosure of instant messages discussing government business," even though the law would have to be revised to include instant messaging.
  • Encryption: Because most BlackBerries aren’t designed to protect the secrets of the President of the United States, Obama’s BlackBerry will have to be revamped. Some believe that he is using the Sectera Edge phone, which protects voice conversations, according to Marc Ambinder from The Atlantic.
  • Design: It is unclear which model Barack Obama’s new BlackBerry is, but some have guessed that it is either a Sectera Edge–which some argue isn’t technically a BlackBerry since it uses Windows–created by General Dynamics, or a BlackBerry 8830. The Sectera Edge is much more secure and has been "approved by the National Security Agency for sending and receiving classified emails and phone calls." Others believe that Obama is using a BlackBerry 8830, which isn’t typically as secure, but most likely has some sort of special encryption system created just for the president.
  • E-mail exclusivity: Even top aides who once regularly e-mailed with Obama no longer have his e-mail address now that he is president. The New York Times reports that only senior adviser David Axelrod, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and press secretary Robert Gibbs, among a few others, have access.

Security Concerns

Below is a list of the security concerns Obama’s team has had to address in order to keep the president happy and protected.

  • Hackers: Hackers are a very real threat to anyone who has a mobile phone and/or Internet access. Obama’s BlackBerry will almost definitely have to be redesigned in some way in order to circumvent hackers who already have experience breaking into important BlackBerry accounts. The Chicago Tribune reports that "Obama’s new BlackBerry will come with software approved by U.S. intelligence officials, allowing him to communicate with friends, family and close associates without fear of hackers reading his private e-mail."
  • Compromises location: Most generic BlackBerries have a GPS system built in to the phones. Obama’s phone may have the GPS feature disabled, since anyone who hacked into the system would be able to find out his exact location, even within the White House.
  • Presidential Records Act of 1978: This act requires that any messages or records discussing government business by the president are retained by the National Archives and made available to the public. Obama’s e-mails, phone conversations and possibly even video or photos taken with the BlackBerry would be subjected to scrutiny by the public years later. The PRA was apparently reason enough to deter President George W. Bush from sending private e-mails to his family. E-mails can also be subpoenaed by Congress, and due to the more immediate, "send now, think later" culture of e-mail, past presidents have found electronic messaging too risky.
  • Invasion of personal privacy: The concern over Obama’s BlackBerry isn’t just about protecting government security. Any personal messages that Obama sent to Michelle or to other friends and family might be compromised if a hacker broke into the system. Strictly personal messages wouldn’t be included in the National Archives under the Presidential Records Act of 1978, but they could still be released in an illegal hacking.
  • E-mail tracking: The more people who receive e-mails from Barack Obama, the more people the Secret Service and other government and security officials need to track to ensure that they don’t purposefully or accidentally pass along Obama’s address. They could be contacted, exploited and blackmailed by hackers, or inadvertently forward an e-mail that had Obama’s information attached to it, releasing it into the public domain.
  • IT administrators: LuxSci FYI points out that although e-mails sent and received from Obama himself "can be encrypted in transit to and from the BlackBerry enterprise servers (BES), the messages themselves would still be saved in an insecure and unencrypted form on the server and when they were sent out into the Internet at large." The Secret Service would have to ensure that IT administrators working with Obama’s account had proper security clearance.
  • Physical vulnerability: Obama’s BlackBerry is vulnerable to physical damage and theft. If Obama drops and breaks his BlackBerry, like he did here, security officials would have to scramble to make sure every single part of the phone is found and apprehended. If the right piece got into the wrong hands, Obama’s phone would be compromised. Another physical vulnerability is theft. While Obama isn’t likely to leave his BlackBerry in a hotel or on a restaurant table, there is still a possibility that it could be lost, and security officials may have wanted to remove this threat altogether by refusing to let Obama even have a BlackBerry.
  • Browser security: The BlackBerry Browser lets users save bookmarks, set up RSS feeds, shop online, stream videos and music, and get fast Internet service. Obama’s browser, however, would have to include security add-ons to prevent anyone from tracking his IP address or hacking into the browser to gain access to the rest of his messages and information.

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What to do with a Criminal Justice Computer Forensics Degree http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/what-to-do-with-a-criminal-justice-computer-forensics-degree/ http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/what-to-do-with-a-criminal-justice-computer-forensics-degree/#respond Mon, 09 Feb 2009 23:41:37 +0000 http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/?p=241 Criminal justice careers have expanded during the past few years to include technological advances that have proven essential to law enforcement.  Anything from increased access to criminal databases to computer forensics analysis has allowed law enforcement agencies to better apprehend … Continue reading

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Criminal justice careers have expanded during the past few years to include technological advances that have proven essential to law enforcement.  Anything from increased access to criminal databases to computer forensics analysis has allowed law enforcement agencies to better apprehend dangerous criminals.  Computer forensics in particular has become a major tool for law enforcement officers to track potential criminals and discover what is hidden within their computers.

Computer forensics is applicable in all sectors of law enforcement, ranging from simple local police forces to the CIA and FBI, who rely on such measures to track down criminals who can pose a threat to national security.  As computers have advanced during the past years, so have the methods criminals use to get past law enforcement.  Computers have become a major tool for international and domestic criminals, a factor which many law enforcement officers have acknowledged.  As a result, it has become necessary to go through a captured criminals’ computer records to ensure that they were not involved in a conspiracy and do not have any further crimes which may be open.

Additionally, computer forensics has become exceptionally vital in capturing child predators who seek out young children on the internet.  Many law enforcement units are able to use computer forensics to locate these sex offenders and ensure that they do not harm any more children.  More than anything else, computer forensics ensures the safety of the community and the safety of simply surfing the internet.  These jobs provide many in the community with a peace of mind in knowing that their children can safely remain on the internet without fear that there will be some older man nearby who wants to take advantage of them via the internet. 

While computer forensics is mostly used in criminal offenses, they can also be used in civil disputes to prove a certain event happened, or that a certain credit card purchase was somehow erased.  Computers now hold the background of every person’s life and as a result, computer forensics analysts can trace their past website views, document modifications, or even deleted objects.  It is amazing the strides that computer forensics has made in such a short period, as computers themselves have only become more advanced in the past decade and a half.  It is unbeknownst to us how far computer forensics will explore within the coming years to track down even more criminal offenders. 

 

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50 Best People Search Engines to Track Down Anyone http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/50-best-people-search-engines-to-track-down-anyone/ http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/50-best-people-search-engines-to-track-down-anyone/#respond Mon, 09 Feb 2009 16:23:44 +0000 http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/?p=158 You can find just about anything you want about someone online, including public records, addresses, and high school photos. Continue reading

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The Internet has a wealth of information, and not surprisingly, lots of that information is about people. You can find just about anything you want about someone online, including public records, addresses, and high school photos. If you’re looking up a long lost friend or family member, be sure to check out these resources.

White Pages

White pages are great for helping you find addresses and phone numbers for people.

  1. Whitepages.com: The official WhitePages offers people search, reverse lookups, and beyond.
  2. Whowhere: Whowere is a great white pages resource, with a phone lookup and more.
  3. The Ultimate White Pages: The Ultimate White Pages makes it easy to search many different white pages all at once.
  4. Superpages: Superpages offers people search, public records, and more.
  5. Anywho: Find people by name and address using Anywho. This site offers searches on the iPhone as well.
  6. InfoSpace: You can find people through the white pages on InfoSpace, and even set your own default location.
  7. AOL White Pages: AOL’s people search directory offers an easy way to locate people.
  8. Switchboard: Switchboard’s website allows you to search by phone, find public records, and more.
  9. 411 Locate: Use 411 Locate to find people through white pages and even reverse phone lookup.

People Finders

Use these search engines to find basic information and beyond on just about anyone.

  1. ZabaSearch: ZabaSearch offers searching by name and telephone number, offering numbers and addresses for free.
  2. LexisNexis: LexisNexis is one of the most trusted names in finding information about people.
  3. Whozat?: In this people search engine, you can fill in as much information as you have to find people.
  4. Peoplebot: Peoplebot makes it easy to find addresses, phone numbers, satellite photos, and more.
  5. Yasni: Yasni offers information about anyone’s name online.
  6. Wink: With Wink, you’ll be able to find people based on highly refined searches, with distance, schools, groups, interests, and more taken into account.
  7. Spock: Spock will help you find out where your friends are online with pictures, blogs, social networks, and web links.
  8. CVGadget: Check out this search engine to find people on a variety of people searches at once.
  9. Pipl: Find people by username, phone, email, or names on Pipl.
  10. PeekYou: PeekYou profiles make it easy for people to find your websites, social networking, pages, and other stuff about you online.
  11. Infopeople: Infopeople’s search makes it easy to use a variety of search engines at once to find people.
  12. iTools: This search tool will look at a variety of different people searches, including international locations.
  13. ZoomInfo: ZoomInfo offers a great source for finding both people and companies.
  14. Spydentity: Spydentity will search all of the major search engines, social networks, image sharing sites, news, and blogs to find who you’re looking for.
  15. SquidWho: SquidWho offers a people-powered Who’s Who online for celebrities and regular people alike.
  16. Google: Even though specialized search engines are great, it’s hard to beat the firehose of information you can find about people on Google.
  17. Reunion: Get reunited with people from your past, and find out who’s searching for you on Reunion.com.

Public Records

Use these search tools to look up criminal records, marriage certificates, business information, and more.

  1. PublicRecordsNow: Using this search engine, you can find public records including date of birth, relatives, and addresses.
  2. PeopleFinders: With PeopleFinders, you can search for background checks, criminal records, and business ownership.
  3. Public Records Pro: Get an instant public background records search from this website.
  4. Background Check Gateway: Use this website to find information about identity theft, public records, background checks, and employment screening.
  5. Mamma: Mamma offers a people search as well as a public records search.
  6. Government Registry: With this website, you can find criminal files, court records, and more.
  7. Search Detective: Search Detective has a reverse phone lookup, public records, and more.
  8. Abika: Use Abika for free background checks, court record searches, and more.
  9. Intelius: Intelius has it all-background checks, reverse cell phone directory, screenings, and more.

International

Need to find someone outside of the US? Check out these resources.

  1. 411.ca: Find people in Canada using this local search engine.
  2. 192.com: Use 192.com to find personal records, people, and more in the UK.
  3. 123people: Here you’ll find a free people search for public records in the US, France, Spain, and beyond.
  4. People Search: People Search offers a free people search directory for Australia.

Social Media

Make use of these social media tools to find and connect with people online.

  1. Facebook: Facebook offers a fun and easy way to locate your friends online.
  2. LinkedIn: Search for people, companies, and more in your network and out through LinkedIn.
  3. iSearch: iSearch offers a way to search the social web.
  4. MySpace: MySpace is a great way to find old friends from school and work.
  5. Friendster: Using Friendster, you’ll be able to locate your friends within the social network.
  6. Twitter: Find the Twitter streams of your friends, family, and acquaintances using Twitter’s search option.
  7. Orkut: Discover new people through your friends and communities on Orkut.
  8. Ancestry.com: Ancestry.com’s search will help you find family around the world, current and past.
  9. Plaxo: Find out who you know and stay in contact with them easily using Plaxo.
  10. Ryze: Similar to LinkedIn, Ryze makes it easy for you to find your friends and networking contacts.
  11. Classmates: Classmates.com offers a great way to look up your old friends from high school, military, college, and more.

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What Type of Jobs Can You Get With a Masters in Criminal Justice? http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/what-type-of-jobs-can-you-get-with-a-masters-in-criminal-justice/ http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/blog/2009/what-type-of-jobs-can-you-get-with-a-masters-in-criminal-justice/#respond Sun, 08 Feb 2009 17:19:20 +0000 http://www.mastersincriminaljustice.com/?p=237 Criminal justice appears, on face value, to be a degree that is extraordinarily flexible, but which also does not require a further degree program to accomplish a sustainable career option.  However, earning a masters in criminal justice is a goal … Continue reading

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Criminal justice appears, on face value, to be a degree that is extraordinarily flexible, but which also does not require a further degree program to accomplish a sustainable career option.  However, earning a masters in criminal justice is a goal for many criminal justice students because it puts them that much ahead of the competition.  This degree is becoming widespread across the country and why not?  Crime rates have risen in many metropolitan cities, and law enforcement jobs have nearly tripled, as more specialized departments have been created in the past decade as perfect openings for criminal justice graduates with a masters in the subject.

First of all, police departments have always beckoned to criminal justice students as potential detectives and other agents.  However, recent years have indicated a growing need for departments such as narcotics and homicide, indicating a need for more specialized degrees.  Masters programs in criminal justice therefore yield students who have concentrated on one specific topic, allowing them to become better versed in the subject than typical criminal justice graduates who have only earned a bachelors.  In many large cities, police departments are ever expanding entities which have acquired a large following.  Students who earn a masters in criminal justice are better prepared to deal with criminals in specific realms, and are more knowledgeable about the subject than other officers who are their age.  While older officers typically have the same amount of experience which equals a masters degree, younger graduates have a leg up on the competition through their education.

Jobs in the CIA and FBI are also more attainable with a masters degree, as many of the more specialized departments are highly competitive and typically require years of experience in law enforcement.  More and more departments have opened up as well in the past few years in both units, as more dangers are discovered within the country and more wars are declared in different nations.  As these hidden dangers come to light, a new department is usually created to counter this danger through new intelligence committees, typically requiring a higher education in the matter.  Masters degrees in criminal justice help provide this kind of background knowledge on potential dangers and how to best arm yourself to discover more information about international dangers or home-grown terrorism. 

The possibilities are nearly endless for masters degrees in criminal justice, as many can be applied to any type of law enforcement or other types of political science careers.  While many masters programs are highly specialized, others remain broad so that the recipient will have a more flexible opportunity to search for jobs in the industry. 

 

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