Posts filed under:Safety & Security

Mystery Shopper scam nets millions

So you wanna be a mystery shopper? Meet, Timeiki Hedspeth, age 39, from Houston, Texas. She may have reached out to you, via email, to recruit you to be a part of her “Mystery Shopper” team. She recruited throughout the […]

Did you get your call from the Social Security Administration?

Did you get your call from the Social Security Administration (SSA)?  The one where they told you that your benefits would be turned off unless you bring your profile up-to-date by providing some personal information or paying a fine. If […]

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WiFi Encryption – Does this vulnerability affect me?

Today, I wrote in Senior Online Safety about how the US Department of Homeland Security’s CERT issued a warning: WiFi encryption compromised! Update devices now! Is it fluff or is it real?  It’s real.  You should make sure to accept […]

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Symbols used by pedophiles to indicate child preference

The Daily Mail recently shared symbols or codes used by pedophiles to communicate with each other within social networks. The Daily Mail, says it best, “The seemingly innocuous pastel-colored scrawls feature butterflies, love hearts, and spirals. These are the symbols […]

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College students conned into pay for work scam 

On 18 January 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a public service announcement (PSA), in which they described a scam which is specifically targeting college students who are looking for work. While the mechanics of the scam are […]

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Sextortion – Blackmail via the internet

This is Ashley. she was a victim of sextortion. Her predator was 26-year-old Lucas Michael Chansler, who last year pled guilty to multiple counts of child pornography production and was sent to prison for 105 years—but not before he used […]

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WhatsApp and it’s backdoor peering into you

Updated 14 January 2017 ———————– Today the Guardian reported that the Facebook owned application, WhatsApp contains a backdoor into its cryptographic end-to-end protocol. What this means, if true, is that your private conversations, may be encrypted as they pass through […]

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GOP link to North Korea – Hack Sony Pictures Entertainment?

The Chinese hacking group, Guardians of Peace (GOP) are believed to have links to North Korea according to press reports from the region describing a technology hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment. At first blush one must ask, ‘why North Korea.”  […]

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Etiquette this Safer Internet Day 2014

    It is often times hard to absorb all of the avenues by which we interconnect online and how those connections create opportunity. Opportunity for good, and the not so good behaviors. Take for example, the many networks that have evolved […]

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The angels look down upon us – Sandy Hook

Today marks the first anniversary of the horrific murder of the children and adults at Sandy Hook elementary and 26 new souls entered heaven via a highway of our tears. The families have had a year to process the loss […]

Safer Internet Day 2013 – 9 Safety Tips

Today is international Safer Internet Day 2013. Take a few moments and think about the online safety and security of you and your family.
Nine tips to help you get started:
Tip #1 – Know who:
Tip #2 – Security Software:
Tip #3 – Passwords:
Tip #4 – Guidance & Direction:
Tip #5 – Browser Settings:
Tip #6 – Tagging:
Tip #7 – E-mail:
Tip #8 – Computer Settings:
Tip #9 – Public Computers:

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Tears in Heaven – 26 new souls

This morning, I, like so many others across the globe, sit with tears streaming down my face and into my lap as I think about the 26 souls who are now in Heaven on a direct path from the Sandy […]

Bringing the Social Media #Revolution to Health Care (Mayo Clinic)

On the 18th of October, the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media announced the publication of “Bringing the Social Media #Revolution to Health Care” (Mayo Clinic) – for those involved in the health care vertical and with social media responsibilities […]

Amanda Todd – stalked & bullied – online safety

The stalker, may he burn in hell, a male predator on-line convinced a 12-yr-old Amanda whom he befriended in a chat room to flash her breasts over an internet connect and did a screen grab of the event. For the next few years, he continually threatened and then followed up those threats with action sharing the photos of Amanda within her peer population when she declined to do whatever he was demanding of her – via Facebook where he had set up alias accounts and assimilated himself into Amanda’s new circle of friends.

Where could Amanda and her mother taken some direct action?

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Safer Internet Day 2012

Safer Internet Day 2012 (SID2012) serves as great opportunity to remind ourselves of the need to exercise a bit of caution as we traverse the wired side of life. What impresses me the most is the multi-lingual, multi-topic approach taken to spread the message of how to stay safe online.

Unintended Consequences – Time for a paradigm shift

On 2 November, I gave a talk, “Unintended Consequences” at Gnomedex. I spoke to the need to recognize that “always-on” isn’t necessarily always good. I went on to describe the train-wrecks which occur when technology which is created for good, is used in a manner, unintended. I then shared the stories of 36 young people who we lost in 2010 due to being overwhelmed, both online and off.

A discussion surrounding bullying

I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris Pirillo pre-Gnomedex about a variety of subjects, some light, some humorous and one very serious – the topic of bullying and the attendant suicides. During this discussion, I also shared my thoughts on how we as a collective society need to step up and accomplish in the immediate future. I do hope you will come and listen to my talk on the Gnomedex stage at Seattle Interactive conference on 2 November 2011 at 1400 hours (2:00pm).

The presentation is titled: “Unintended Consequences”

Encrypt or not to encrypt, that is the question

17 October 2011 (#NCSAM – National Cyber Security Awareness Month) Encryption: To encrypt or not encrypt, that is the question (a hat tip to the Bard of Avon). In this day and age of digital data thefts, careless loss of […]

Wi-Fi: Three steps to stay safe when connecting via wireless

Those who have followed my writing on the subject of Wi-Fi security know my passion for taking seemingly basic steps to keep one’s wireless activity safe and secure. In a recent survey conducted by the Wi-Fi Alliance 86% of all respondents had taken the appropriate steps to secure their routers, but only 56% had taken the step to create a “hard” password, thus making themselves vulnerable to dictionary attacks or the like.
So take three basic steps to keep yourself Wi-Fi secure:

SMISH smash, don’t let your accounts take a Phish bath

What’s SMISH? SMISH is Short Message Service (SMS) Phish or in the lexicon of the day, Text Message Phishing. What’s phishing? Phishing is a criminal action where you are engaged by a third-party with the specific goal of you providing private and sensitive information for nefarious purposes. The difference between SMISH (SMS Phish) and Email Phish (Phish) is only the avenue by which you are engaged by the criminal.
How does it work?