SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sept. 7, 2005–As millions of schoolchildren log back on to school computers this week, some will be using the Internet for something other than learning — online plagiarism. Secure Computing Corporation, the experts in securing connections between people, applications, and networks(TM), today reported the number of Web sites that facilitate online plagiarism has risen to 780, a ten percent increase over 12 months ago. Secure Computing enables schools to manage access to these Web sites as part of the company’s education market-leading SmartFilter(R), Bess(R) edition Web filtering solution used by thousands of schools worldwide.
Most of the 780 Web sites describe themselves as “essay banks” and offer digital copies of term papers and essays, some for free and others for a price. The larger plagiarism sites offer tens of thousands of essays on a wide variety of topics. Some of the Web sites even offer to write custom term papers on almost any topic. One site charges $19.95 per page for seven-day delivery, and will cater to the worst student procrastinators by providing “same day service” at $44.95 per page.