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Hmmm… pulling your credit report quarterly – How about only keeping ONE credit card, and perhaps a gas card in your wallet; any others to be kept in a secure place where thieves aren’t likely to look? Think “outside the box” on this one, an unconventional place that only you know about, not in the dresser drawer, or your desk. Because of technology, I purchased an RFID secure wallet. http://superstore.wnd.com/specialty-items/RFID-Blocking-Flip-Up-Wallet-Black-Leather http://superstore.wnd.com/specialty-items/RFID-Blocking-Flip-Side-Wallet-Black-Leather Also, (for those of us who can afford to travel) http://superstore.wnd.com/specialty-items/RFID-Blocking-Passport-Case-Black-Leather
Never allow your computer or services that you are using (such as Google, Internet Explorer, etc.) to “remember your user id” and/or password. Take the moments it takes to enter them yourself each time you use your computer.
The rule that you must have your registration and insurance info in the car is irksome, and another vulnerability, if it is broken into. (I don’t use a car alarm. There are simple, common sense alternatives for this issue that for obvious reasons, I won’t post).
Don’t be sucked into “going paperless” F**k that noise! Its convenience is outweighed by the common knowledge that companies, and even Gov’t systems have been hacked; figure that they employ far more sophisticated security measures than you have at your disposal. This factoid was in their comments: In 2012 over 300,000 SC citizens tax files were compromised when security measures weren’t updated by the government.
I accept e-mail notices from utilities, but pay for them at the local store, or use “snail mail” (the phone company charges a fee if you pay at your local store’s service counter).
I don’t have a laptop; however, even if I did, I wouldn’t use Wi-Fi hotspots. The need to access the Internet in a public place escapes me.
This useful item was in their comments: It probably goes without saying, but never give any information to anyone you don’t know who calls you on the phone, no matter who they claim to be. Even with caller ID, unless you positively recognize the number as belonging to an institution you do business with and trust, you have no way of knowing who is really on the other end of the line.
Lastly, -Re social sites privacy settings-, remember that Google owns YouTube, and is present in the “works” of other sites, including WP, whether they bother to acknowledge this or not. Other suggestions/comments are welcome. ”X”
Privacy is a big deal for me and my family. I need to protect our privacy AND still be visible to my customers and clients that depend on me for critical information. So I’m constantly reading up on how the scammers and government spies are stealing our information.
Of course the most common crime perpetrated by these lowlifes is identity theft. It’s a $50 billion a year industry and the most prevalent crime in America right now. There is literally an army of people across the globe trying to snatch your critical information and your money.
Here are a few steps to foil the ID thieves:
Shred everything. And I do mean everything. ID thieves, often fueled by methamphetamine drug addiction, can piece together small bits of junk mail and other information that might seem innocent to you. They can use this to pull credit in your name.
Monitor your credit. Services like Identity Guard and Lifelock are pretty good at securing your credit report and letting you know when something new pops up. But you need to stay on top of it too. Pull your report at least quarterly and note any changes that seem fishy. Dispute anything and everything that seems inaccurate or suspicious.
Create a verbal password at your bank. Most banks are adopting this security measure now, but you can insist that your bank do it now or lose your business. Create a password that you can remember and make sure that the bank asks for it before any withdrawals, wire transfers, check orders, and any personal info is given out. Scammers often call the bank and pretend they are you to get critical bank information. Make sure your bank knows that you want to be password protected and notified of any suspicious activity on your accounts.
Keep your information out of the public eye. Take your name off the mailbox. Turn on ALL of Facebook’s and Google’s privacy settings. Never make your family tree public, thieves can do a lot of damage with your mother’s maiden name. Keep your name out of Who’s Who lists, they are a detailed biography of usually pretty successful people and ID thieves farm them for names.
Remember, no one cares more for your security that you do. Take your privacy into your own hands – TODAY.
By Jennifer Martinez – 07/11/13 02:39 PM ET
Microsoft helped American intelligence officials gain easier access to their users’ electronic communications, The Guardian reported on Thursday.
Documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden show that Microsoft helped the National Security Agency (NSA) work around the encrypted code on its new Outlook portal after the spy agency expressed concern that it wouldn’t be able to intercept Web chats, according to The Guardian.
Microsoft also gave the FBI easier access to its cloud storage service SkyDrive and let the NSA have access to email on Outlook and Hotmail before it was encrypted, according to the paper.
The video service Skype, which is owned by Microsoft, also allowed the NSA to cull video and audio conversations, the newspaper reported.
The accusations are just the latest to surface about the NSA working with top tech companies to conduct surveillance. The Guardian and The Washington Post reported last month that Google, Microsoft, Facebook and other tech companies had allegedly given the NSA “direct access” to their servers that store user data.
The big flip-off: Company doesn’t give feds data
‘World’s most private search engine’ won’t betray you to Obama
Published: 12 hours ago
The federal government may be secretly accessing Americans’ online videos, emails, photos and search histories – with the help of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, PalTalk, AOL and Skype – but “the world’s most private search engine” is staunchly defending its users’ privacy and civil liberties.
StartPage.com and its sister search engine, Ixquick.com, were launched in 2006 to provide a private way for Americans to conduct Internet searches. StartPage provides a private portal to Google results, and Ixquick allows users to retrieve private results from other search engines.
WND reported in 2010 when Katherine Albrecht, a Harvard-trained privacy expert who helped develop StartPage, warned, “It would blow people’s minds if they knew how much information the big search engines have on the American public. In fact, their dossiers are so detailed they would probably be the envy of the KGB.”
It happens every day, Albrecht explained. When an unfamiliar topic crosses people’s minds, they often go straight to Google, Yahoo or Bing and enter key terms into those search engines. Every day, more than a billion searches for information are performed on Google alone.
“If you get a rash between your toes, you go into Google,” she said. “If you have a miscarriage, you go into Google. If you are having marital difficulties, you look for a counselor on Google. If you lose your job, you look for unemployment benefit information on Google.”
Go to URL to view unembedable video – “X” http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/this-company-doesnt-share-your-online-info/#ssQQCoCW1lHOQYkE.99
Albrecht said Americans unwittingly share their most private thoughts with search engines, serving up snippets of deeply personal information about their lives, habits, troubles, health concerns, preferences and political leanings.
“We’re essentially telling them our entire life stories – stuff you wouldn’t even tell your mother – because you are in a private room with a computer,” she said. “We tend to think of that as a completely private circumstance. But the reality is that they make a record of every single search you do.”
The search engines have sophisticated algorithms to mine data from searches and create very detailed profiles about Americans. She said those profiles are stored on servers and may fall into the wrong hands – for example, the federal government’s detailed files on unwitting U.S. citizens.
Just recently, the Washington Post reported it obtained a top-secret document on a government program in which the NSA and FBI are “tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets.”
The program, code-named PRISM, was utilized to obtain information that has become a critical part of President Obama’s daily briefing, according to the Post, which added, “NSA reporting increasingly relies on PRISM as its leading source of raw material, accounting for nearly 1 in 7 intelligence reports.”
And McClatchy recently reported, “Privacy policies for Google, Yahoo! and other Internet service providers explicitly state that the companies collect users’ data, such as names, email addresses, telephone numbers, credit cards, IP addresses, search queries, purchases, time and date of calls, duration of calls and physical locations.
“The policies say that companies may use that information to send you targeted advertising or, if necessary, to comply with requests from government authorities.”
In a December 2009 interview with CNBC, Google CEO Eric Schmidt divulged that search engines may turn over citizens’ private information to the government.
“If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” Schmidt said. “But if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines, including Google, do retain this information for some time. And it’s important, for example, that we are all subject to the United States Patriot Act. It is possible that information could be made available to the authorities.”
However, StartPage and Ixquick say they have neither participated in PRISM nor shared Americans’ data with the federal government.
“The privacy of our users rests on three important foundations,” explained StartPage and Ixquick CEO Robert Beens. “We are based in the Netherlands, we use encrypted connections, and – most importantly – we don’t store or share any of our users’ personal search data.”
A statement from StartPage and Ixquick explained:
No user data stored: StartPage and Ixquick never store user data, including IP addresses and search queries, so government agencies have no incentive to ask for these. This privacy is so complete; the company doesn’t even know who its customers are, so it can’t share anything with Big Brother.
Encrypted (HTTPS) connections: StartPage and Ixquick were the first search engines to use automatic encryption on all connections to prevent snooping. When searches are encrypted, third parties like ISPs and the NSA can’t eavesdrop on Internet connections to see what people are searching for.
Not under U.S. jurisdiction: StartPage and Ixquick are based in the Netherlands, so they are not directly subject to U.S. regulations, warrants, or court orders. They can’t be forced to participate in spying programs like PRISM. The company has never turned over a single bit of user data to any government entity in the 14 years it has been in business, which is not surprising since there is no data in the first place.
“Unfortunately, it takes a scandal like PRISM to wake people up to the erosion of privacy, ” Albrecht said. “As people get fed up with being spied on, they look for alternatives. We already serve nearly 3 million private searches each day, and we expect that number to grow as people seek shelter from search engines that store and share their private information.”
This summer, the company plans to launch a new email service called StartMail, which will provide a paid and heavily encrypted private email application. Anyone interested in being a StartMail beta tester can now sign up.
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How to bypass NSA’s data mining
Saying so long to telephone, other snooping by the feds
Tired of the National Security Agency collecting your personal details? There’s an app for that.
In light of reports that the U.S. government has gained direct access to the systems operating Google, Facebook and Apple, the fact the National Security Agency is mining billions of Verizon telephone records for details, and God only knows what those pesky new drones are doing, advice on how to beat Big Brother is starting to appear.
Political reporter Alex Pappas at the Daily Caller cited a product that has been released by developers in South Africa.
The product called Seecrypt is purportedly able to block the connections that otherwise would allow the NSA to look at your phone records and find out the details of your calls.
“For the app to work, both people wanting to text or call each other must have the application,” the report said. “But when the application is used, the phone company will not know the identity or phone number of the other person on the line. It will only know that the caller used Seecrypt.”
“Creating a scalable encrypted voice-over-data application that can operate with minimal latency anywhere in the world is not easy,” said Normay Walters, co-founder of the company. “Seecrypt met and surpassed this challenge by using a set of proprietary protocols and a carrier grade back-end infrastructure that operates on a privately controlled and globally deployed network.”
The news about the U.S. government’s intrusion into the privacy of citizens just keeps surging. Most recently, there are reports that the NSA and FBI simply are tapping into the central services of nine leading Internet companies to gain access to audio, video, texts, emails and documents.
The Washington Post reported the government was working directly from servers for Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple, Microsoft and Yahoo.
So distressing are the revelations about the massive attack on privacy that left-leaning pundits are abandoning Barack Obama and analysts are saying his second-term agenda is dead in the water because of the developments.
But is there anything else that can help besides an app?
The authors at Wired.com have some advice.
“There are ways to keep your correspondence off the grid,” they advise.
For example, for telephone communications, get a throw-away phone, they said.
“Clearly you can’t use your own phone, given that the government already is compiling metadata on who you call and how often. To limit the chance of being spied upon while making calls on the go you need to invest in a ‘burner’ phone (so named because such phones are used for a brief period of time, then tossed away like stale pizza).”
Want to know how and why America has so rapidly come to resemble the totalitarian society described by novelist George Orwell in “1984,” one characterized by universal surveillance? It’s all exposed in a special issue of Whistleblower magazine – titled “ONE NATION UNDER SURVEILLANCE: Big Brother is watching in ways Orwell never dreamed.”
The report by Robert Baldwin said even better, buy a disposable phone with cash.
“Of course, the person you’re calling also needs a burner phone. What’s the point of using an anonymous phone if the person you’re calling is still using their potentially tapped personal phone?”
For email, the report recommends Tor. < ! use link – “X”
This is not the burly guy with the big hammer in the movies; it’s a “free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy.”
Wired reported, “Tor was developed by the U.S. Navy to help protect government communications. The service creates a network of virtual tunnels that ISPs and other more nefarious organizations can’t track. Just download the Tor browser and start emailing.”
Another word of caution, “Don’t open any documents, enable any Flash or Quicktime files, or enable or install any browser plugins while using Tor.”
For instant messaging?
“Google, AIM, Yahoo and Skype may do a good job securing your chats, but when the NSA comes to the door with a warrant, all your communications are available for scrutiny. Instead of letting Big Brother read all your LOLs, OMGs, and WTFs, you need to start using OTR (off the record) messaging. Such messages are encrypted so they can’t actually be read if they’re intercepted or pulled with a subpoena.”
Recommended was the OTR messaging site.
“Yeah, you might need a degree in computer science to get up and running, but if private IMs are important to you, you won’t mind …”
In person confidentiality a concern? The recommendation is to bathe a location in white noise, like from running
This isn’t news to me; I have made many blog posts regarding privacy and Government. Still, there are those who need reminding… For the record, Facebook has over 751 million mobile users.
Helping you to get through the economic mine field in one piece.
FBI Monitors G-Mail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and Facebook Accounts
Written by Gary North on May 13, 2013
If you store your emails for over 180 days, the FBI says it can legally monitor them without a warrant.
It took a Freedom of Information Act inquiry to find this out.
This defies a ruling made in 2010 by a federal appeals court.
An FBI “Operations Guide” makes exemptions for any email that stored by a service provider for more than 180 days. It says:
“[I]f the contents of an unopened message are kept beyond six months or stored on behalf of the customer after the e-mail has been received or opened, it should be treated the same as a business record in the hands of a third party, such as an accountant or attorney. In that case, the government may subpoena the records from the third party without running afoul of either the Fourth or Fifth Amendment.”
G-mail is a third party.
Outlook isn’t. The FBI has to get a warrant to look at Outlook emails.
I use Outlook. I don’t use G-mail. I never have. Why not? Because of exactly this reason. I did not want a third party to store my emails.
In a statement, the FBI insisted its methods are constitutional: “In all investigations, the FBI obtains evidence in accordance with the laws and Constitution of the United States, and consistent with Attorney General guidelines.”
If I ever needed proof of social sites -YouTube, Facebook etc- targeting Christian and Conservative blogs, here is all you need. This blogger has been the focus of malicious, degrading, anti christian comments; the sites have responded by censoring the victim, not the attackers.