online privacy: Young Kids Getting Sexually Exploited Online More Than Ever Before - 06/18/19 06:13 AM
An alarming new study is out, and if you are a parent, you should take note…children as young as 8-years old are being sexually exploited via social media. This is a definite downturn from past research, and it seems like one thing is to blame: live streaming.
YouTube serves up videos of kids, in clothing, that pedophiles consume and share as if it is child porn. It’s gotten so bad that YouTube has had to disable the comments sections of videos with kids in them.
Apps like TikTok are very popular with younger kids, and they are also becoming more popular for the … (1 comments)

online privacy: Protect your USPS Mail from Getting Stolen - 12/20/18 05:26 AM
USPSID stands for U.S. Postal Service Informed Delivery. It is a good thing to sign up for because it informs you of your expected deliveries.
But there’s a problem: Someone ELSE could pose as you and sign up for this service, getting your mail before you have a chance to.
In fact, it has already happened. Crooks have signed up as other address owners and collected their mail.
This can lead to credit card fraud if some of that mail includes new credit cards or credit card applications.
And what if the mail includes a check? The thief could find a way to get it … (11 comments)

online privacy: How Your Username Can Be used to Track You - 11/20/18 07:05 AM
You probably have a few usernames, or you might have just one that you use for every site. Either way, your user names can be used not just to identify you online, but it can also be used to track you and find out information about you. How do people track you based on your user name? They do the following:
They Start with a Google Search
The first thing people do to track your username is do a Google search. You will be amazed by all of the information that is out there. However, Google is not the only game in town, … (12 comments)

online privacy: Do Not take that Stupid Facebook Quiz - 10/11/18 06:19 AM
Where should you live in the world? What Game of Thrones family are you in? What is the food that best describes your personality? All of these answers are given and found by doing quizzes on Facebook. You have surely seen them if you use Facebook, and have may have taken these quizzes, but you definitely might want to consider stopping. If you have ever used one of these quizzes, you have probably given these third-party apps permission to access some of your personal data. Not only does this affect you, it might also affect the people on your friends list. … (35 comments)

online privacy: Equifax Exposed: Major Breach of Data from Major Credit Bureau - 09/08/17 11:51 AM
If you haven’t yet heard, Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the United States, has been hacked. What does this mean for you? It means that your Social Security number, and possibly even your driver’s license information, could be in the hands of hackers. Some are already calling this the worst breach of data in history.
How Did This Happen?
On September 7th, Equifax announced that a security breach occurred that could impact as many as 143 million people. Though this isn’t the largest breach to occur, it could be the most devastating. The data that was accessed included Social … (17 comments)

online privacy: ISPs invading Subscriber’s Privacy - 07/26/17 06:41 AM
It’s hard to keep track of the news of politics these days, and even if you can, how do you know it’s even real? The political landscape has greatly changed since January, and there have been a lot of laws passed that will affect us all, including the repeal of a law that protected your privacy on the internet. Basically, with this repeal, your internet service provider, or ISP, can sell your browsing history to anyone.
If you use the internet, you will be affected by this law. Not only will this change allow your ISP sell your browsing history to the … (3 comments)

online privacy: Smart and Easy Ways to Protect Your Digital Life - 06/06/17 06:37 AM
Even if you don’t realize it, your identity is all over the internet. Whether you posted to an internet forum in 1996 or you ever had a MySpace page, this information is still out there, and you have to protect it. Here are some simple and easy ways that you can protect your digital life: 
Change Passwords – The first thing you should do is make sure you are regularly changing passwords. Make your passwords difficult to guess, and a mixture of letters, numbers, and symbols. Also, make sure that you are protecting your account when resetting passwords. For instance, you … (8 comments)

online privacy: How to Digitally Secure The Remote Teleworker - 03/22/17 06:19 AM
If you employ remote workers, your IT staff has a unique challenge keeping your organization safe. Fortunately, using a combination of best practices for cybersecurity, user awareness campaigns, and a strong policy will help to keep data safe.
New advances in mobile technology and networking have given remote workforces a boost, and while policies for most remote workers generally depend on manager or company preferences, most businesses must accommodate a mobile workforce on some level…and here’s where the challenge lies.
Things such as emails, vulnerable software programs and work documents are all tools that cybercriminals can use to infiltrate your company’s network. These … (2 comments)

online privacy: How to erase Yourself from your Job - 12/20/16 05:55 AM
You shouldn’t leave any digital trace of yourself after you leave a job. Hopefully, you’ll be leaving voluntarily and thus have the time to first make backups before you delete anything. This may seem easy, but you need to take inventory to make sure you get EVERYTHING.
Note: make sure that every suggestion below is allowed via a company’s internal policies.
An article at gives these recommendations:
Use a flash drive for smaller amounts of data. An alternative is a personal account with Dropbox or Google Drive. For more data use an external hard drive. Don’t include company information in your backups. … (3 comments)

online privacy: Jihadis using easy to get Privacy Software - 11/09/16 09:57 PM
Over the past two years, the media has tended to sensationalize jihadists’ rapid adoption and strategic use of social media. Despite perpetual news coverage on the issue, the public, by and large, continues to be relatively in the dark about the intricate ways in which many jihadists maintain robust yet secretive online presences.
To accomplish their goals — ranging from propaganda dissemination and recruitment to launching attacks — jihadists must skillfully leverage various digital technologies that are widely advertised and freely accessible online.
Just as smartphones and portable devices have transformed the way much of the world communicates and interacts, jihadists, too, have … (1 comments)

online privacy: 10 Ways to Protect your WordPress Site or Blog from Hackers - 06/01/16 12:15 AM
As much as you try, the unfortunate truth is that hackers are going to try to attack and access your WordPress website or blog, whether you like it or not. So, it is up to you to make sure you make the hacker’s job as difficult as possible. Here are some tips:
1. Use Plugins
One way to make your WordPress account less appealing is to use security plugins. These vary in quality, and you might have to purchase some of them, too. Just make sure to do some research before buying them, and when you do, only buy them from a trusted … (1 comments)

online privacy: Before you die, do This - 05/06/16 12:02 AM
“Nobody likes to do it, but it has to be done.” You’ve heard that before. This time, it applies to 26 documents that you should have all bundled up in a folder that trusted family members have access to (someplace where fire and water won’t damage them). But first let’s go over some details about what should be in that bundle.
Essential Documents
Your will: Some say not a copy, but the original, accompanied by instructions. Supplying everyone in your will a copy is also advised by others. A completed power of attorney form that your benefactors have access to, should you … (6 comments)

online privacy: Three Quarters of a Billion Records breached - 04/20/16 12:07 AM
Last year, says the security firm Gemalto, over 700 million records were breached. Or, to put it another way, this translates to two million stolen or lost records every day.
2015 Breach Level Report
1,673 hacking incidents 398 were triggered from the inside of the attacked company: employees and even IT staff who were tricked (social engineering) by hackers into clicking on malicious links or attachments Government agencies suffered the greatest data leaks. Following that were nation states and healthcare enterprises (remember the big Anthem breach?) Gemalto also says that the U.S. is the leading target of cyber attacks, with the UK, … (3 comments)

online privacy: 2016 Information Security Predictions - 02/01/16 09:59 PM
No bones about it, 2016 is sure to see some spectacular, news-chomping data breaches, predicts many in infosec. If you thought 2015 was interesting, get your seatbelt and helmet on and prepare for lift off…
Wearable Devices
Cyber crooks don’t care what kind of data is in that little device strapped around your upper arm while you exercise, but they’ll want to target it as a passageway to your smartphone. Think of wearables as conduits to your personal life.
No doubt, assaults on firmware and hardware are sure to happen.
Not only will this kind of attack continue, but an offshoot of it—“I will infect … (3 comments)

online privacy: Keep Accountant happy and Thieves out - 12/17/15 10:00 PM
Are you a shredder? I hope so. No identity thief on this planet is going to want to attempt to reconstruct cross-shredded documents.
So what, then, should you make a habit of shredding?
All financial documents and information, including financial information you’ve jotted on a Post-it note. Credit card receipts unless you want to file these away for end-of-month calculations, but ultimately, you have your monthly statements so you will not have use for them anyways. Old property tax statements (keep the most current one). But any other tax documents you should retain. Voided checks. Most things with your Social Security number … (2 comments)

online privacy: How to pwn Anyone - 11/27/15 09:50 PM
Define Pwn: Pwn is a slang term derived from the verb own, as meaning to appropriate or to conquer to gain ownership. The term implies domination or humiliation of a rival. And when it’s done by hacking email, the person is effectively pwned. No matter how “private” you are on the Internet, no matter how infrequently you post on your Facebook page—even if you don’t have a Facebook account—your life can be hacked into as long as you own just one password—and the ability to be tricked.
Such was the case of Patsy Walsh, reports an article at She gave a few … (4 comments)

online privacy: Is that Viral Story real - 11/24/15 09:51 PM
The Internet has almost as many videos as there are stars in the heavens. And you know that some have to be hoaxes. Sometimes it’s obvious, while other times it’s easy to be fooled. For example, the hoax of the “angel” intercepting a truck just about to run over a bicyclist is obviously fake. Isn’t it?
But what about the video of the man cut in half by a bus while riding a bicycle, lying on the ground, staring at his intestines, talking for a full five minutes, while his pelvis and legs lie catty-corner to him? That video looks eerily real.
And … (0 comments)

online privacy: How to avoid Online Fundraising Scams - 11/09/15 10:05 PM
You’ve probably heard of the site, where all sorts of stories are posted of people seeking donations. Some are tragic, others are trite. You may be touched by a particular story, perhaps one in which an entire family is killed in a house fire.
You click the “Donate Now” button and donate $50. So just how do you know that family who died in the fire really existed? and similar sites are loaded with “campaigns,” just tons of them. Think of the logistics involved if these sites hired people to verify every campaign. This would require enormous amounts of time and … (1 comments)

online privacy: How to prevent your Pics from being lifted: Part 2 of 2 - 10/24/15 11:48 PM
There are many reasons someone might right-click on your image and “Save image as…”
Porn, Sex and Dating Sites
A woman might steal your blog headshot and use it for her dating site profile. A perv might take the picture of your child off your Facebook page and put it on a porn site. A person who runs a racy dating site might take your image and use it to advertise his service. Scams
Someone might use, without your knowledge, a photo of your house for a rental scam. Your motorcycle, jet ski, boat, puppy…you name it…could be used for scam for-classified … (2 comments)

online privacy: How to prevent your Pics from being lifted: Part 1 of 2 - 10/12/15 11:40 PM
You need not be a celebrity or some big wig to suffer the devastating fallout of your online images (and videos) being stolen or used without your permission.
So how does someone steal your image or use it without your permission?
Hacking is one way, especially if passwords are weak and the answers to security questions can easily be figured out (e.g., “Name of your first pet,” and on your Facebook page there’s a picture of you: “My very first dog, Snickers”). Malware can be installed on your device if the operating system, browser or security software is out of date. But … (2 comments)

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