Acknowledgments; Executive summary; Introduction; 1.1. Internet pharmacies; 1.2 Internet security; Spam; Viruses and malware; Phishing scams; 1.3 Online safety of children and adolescents; Unsupervised access to children and teens; 1.4 Digital literacy and online health information quality; Accuracy and reliability of online health information; Online Health Information in developing countries; Review of the literature; 2.1 Internet pharmacies; Methodology; Safety of medications purchased online: is there cause for concern?
This publication explores how the Internet has moved beyond an educational and research tool that once served as a social network for a few elite scientists and has been transformed into a commerce and health care juggernaut now accessible to much of the planet. However this transformation has not been free of complications and challenges. It examines controversial and complex issues facing society such as the danger of illegal Internet pharmacies and the need for their control and regulation mechanisms to combat escalating Internet security threats government strategies to protect the safety