Sunday, August 22, 2010
Apparently, for other reasons, some restaurants are making this an easy option because as "Eateries go cash-only," "Plastic's now off the menu."
Saturday, August 21, 2010
A quick search online let me find a whole list of 12 character words and I came up with this example, which I will never use, but it is an example of a 12 character, alphanumeric word with a special character:
Thursday, August 19, 2010
But regarding the Facebook location tool...Google did something like this previously.
George Orwell may be rolling in his grave but it may be from hysterical fits of laughter.
Now Facebook will show your friends where you (or your GPS Phone) are.
So if I'm your friend on Facebook and you send me an email I can use Google to find your house by your email and Facebook to see if you are there or maybe 100 miles away.
I have another post about this issue that you should look at as well.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
There have now been more records compromised than there are people living in the country.
According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the resident population of the United States, projected to 06/10/10 at 13:52 UTC (EST+5) is
Scroll down to the bottom to get the current number of compromised records according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, today it is 355,868,866.
BofA call center worker pleads guilty to data thefthttp://www.businessweek.com/idg/2010-06-07/bofa-call-center-worker-pleads-guilty-to-data-theft.html
iPad owners' e-mail addresses exposedhttp://content.usatoday.com/communities/technologylive/post/2010/06/ipad-owners-e-mail-addresses-exposed/1
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Financial abuses of deadbeat parents
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- For parents who've wrecked their own credit rating, cashing in on junior's clean financial history is increasingly tempting.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Thursday, May 20, 2010
(the article is older I just added to my blog on 12.14.13 and previous posts are below)
This is too relevant not to share:
"LifeLock's Fraud-Alert Service Banned Forever in Settlement With Experian"
LifeLock, the ethics-bending, Tempe-based firm covered in two 2007 New Times feature articles, has been permanently banned from performing what used to be its most basic service.
The link to "permanently banned" takes you to this article by Patrick O'Grady
But here is an excerpt just in case "LifeLock Inc. and Experian Information Solutions Inc. have settled their lawsuit, and the agreement permanently blocks the original process LifeLock used to protect its clients."
ORIGINAL POST PRIOR TO 12.14.13
I'm adding my first LifeLock post from Jan. 14, 2009 to the bottom of this one to keep all the info in one place.
I think this newspaper has written about Lifelock before. I even called a reporter once who did a story on them because, well, it was incredible that Phoenix/Arizona knew so much dirt about this company but that they were still advertising on TV and the Web so heavily, but here is another news item that should give anyone pause who may be a customer of Lifelock.
Some of the highlights of the several page article include fines from the FTC for False Advertising, the criminal history of the founder, and several examples of how Life Lock failed to prevent the Identity Theft of CEO Todd Davis:
In the interest of keeping all the Lifelock info on one post, here is another related article that has some good quotes, such as:
LifeLock did nothing to protect against or monitor misuse of existing financial accounts --- by far the biggest source of online identity theft.http://www.cdt.org/blogs/ftc-drops-hammer-lifelocks-false-promises
...the FTC and states AGs may in fact have taken all of LifeLock’s cash on hand to settle the suit...
ADDED 12.14.13 this link to the FTC Press Release
Which includes this great quote "“While LifeLock promised consumers complete protection against all types of identity theft, in truth, the protection it actually provided left enough holes that you could drive a truck through it,” said FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz."
Lifelock Issues (from earlier post Jan 14, 2009)
Here is citation for much of what I've heard about Lifelock, it is a good summary of what I've heard and read in my own research:
In the most recent class action, it alleges that Lifelock doesn’t protect it’s customers from all forms of identity theft. It also alleges that putting repetitive alerts on a credit report might hurt a person’s ability to get credit. Last but not least it alleges that Todd Davis — the CEO of Lifelock who plasters his own social security number all over the place as a marketing tool — has himself been an identity theft victim several times."
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Identity theft opens door to woes
South Florida teens among latest victimsThe investigation began in 2007, when detectives discovered that more than 100 people were using the same Social Security number as a fugitive they were tracking. The number actually belonged to the Chicago teen. Ultimately, 27 workers across Florida were convicted in the case.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Kirllos is offering the user names and passwords of 1.5 million Facebook users for between $35 and $62.70 per 1000
Monday, April 26, 2010
Google CEO apparently has a total disregard for your privacy:
... have long desired the ability to cross reference the Mac address of a user's connection with their real identity and virtual identity, such as their Gmail or Facebook account.
... Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently said internet users shouldn't worry about privacy unless they have something to hide.
Here is a related article about Street View and how Google has appointed a "director of privacy" (a bit late I think) regarding after
Google announced that it had accidentally collected passwords, e-mails and other personal information from random Wi-Fi users while working on its Street View feature.They go on to say
said employees will get enhanced privacy training during orientation, and starting in December, all employees will be required to take part in a security-awareness program.Also a bit late I think, they have been required to have Privacy and Security Training since 2003.
CNN.com has a collection of articles on this topic here
several credit card transactions shared on social networking site Blippy have been exposed -- with full credit card numbers included -- in Google search results.http://www.cnn.com/2010/TECH/04/23/credit.card.numbers.mashable/index.html?hpt=Sbin
Sunday, April 4, 2010
As part of the new CARD Act of 2009, companies advertising free credit reports are now required to clearly disclose that what's being marketed isn't the free credit report you're entitled to receive by law.
AnnualCreditReport.com is the official site to help consumers to obtain their free credit report.
Ten million Americans a year are victims of identity theft. It's a growing problem in the United States, but fighting it doesn't appear to be a priority, a new report says.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Being dead can be a real drag, especially if you're alive.
Just ask Doris Temple, 85, a Navy veteran who learned in January that the government had declared her deceased. Strongly suspecting an error, she protested, but not before she lost her health insurance and thousands of dollars in income - Social Security benefits as well as private insurance and pension payments.
Friday, March 5, 2010
Some interesting quotes:
...the whole get-the-bad-guys effort, while it makes for good drama, is a futile way to secure the Internet, some computer security experts say.
...On Wednesday, Spanish authorities announced the arrests of three men in connection with a "botnet" network of nearly 13 million infected computers, which is believed to be one of the largest in the world. The infected network, called Mariposa, or "butterfly" in Spanish, was used to steal financial or personal information from people in at least 190 countries.
...The people who actually write these programs -- the keys to cybercrime -- are almost impossible to catch and prosecute....
...Lindner said it's unclear if the authors of malicious code are doing anything illegal.
..."The U.S. doesn't have jurisdiction on the [entire] planet Earth, so even if you can identify the author [of the malicious program], that doesn't give us the legal authority to get him, one, and two, it's not clear he's committing a crime," he said. "It's not illegal to write bad software. It's illegal to use it."
I'll end with this quote as it relates directly to the purpose of my blog and my profession
"The weak link in all this is still the user education," he said.Feel free to contact me for information on protecting yourself, your company or your government agency. And please also share this blog address. Thank you.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Overview of the issue particularly as it relates to a company/employer
news video to supplement discussion of the issue and a product comparison chart
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The government has your baby's DNA
This looks like a very good citation for claims that the Government tracks people's DNA.
"..the Mankato, Minnesota, couple wondered how the doctor knew about Isabel's genes in the first place. After all, they'd never consented to genetic testing.
It's simple, the pediatrician answered: Newborn babies in the United States are routinely screened for a panel of genetic diseases. Since the testing is mandated by the government, it's often done without the parents' consent, according to Brad Therrell, director of the National Newborn Screening & Genetics Resource Center."
Saturday, February 13, 2010
For example, on this Buzz list, the people who EMAIL ME the most, including some solicitors (spammers) I just don't filter to Spam (mostly out of curiosity) are automatically on my default list. This is not a service to me at all. I ignore these emails mostly.
I will soon be ditching my Gmail account. I opened it because my 13 year old Yahoo mail was choked with Spam, but this may be worse. I'll go ahead and set up another webmail with a whitelist because I'm spoiled to being able to check my email in different locations.
I should take this opportunity to plug HUSHMAIL.COM I guess. I need become an affiliate of theirs. I'm not, but it seems to have a good, private, secure way to handle webmail and email in general.
This article has a good discussion and set of linked articles if you want to see what all the "Buzz" is about.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Be especially vigilant at gas stations, Litan says. "Gas pumps are notorious for skimming because they're produced by only a couple of different manufacturers, and if someone gets the key to one from a disgruntled employee, they can insert a skimming device inside the pump where it can't be seen," she says. She recommends using a credit card rather than a debit card when you fill your tank.If you know someone who runs an business and would like to educate their staff, as you have been educated, contact me anytime.
A bogus east Orange County trucking company was a front for an illegal business that stole credit-card numbers and diesel fuel that yielded an estimated daily profit of $10,000, the Sheriff's Office said Monday.