You know a good way to spot a terrorist? Look for someone who looks and acts like one (like they do in Israel)!
I know this ridiculous concept of banning profiling came out of the dark days of racism where people were profiles on things that didn't matter like the color of your skin. But that doesn't mean that profiling is wrong.
People profile all .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Airports, Israel, Nudie Scanners, Physical Security, TSA
So last night I get a phone call saying they're my bank and asking to verify information. As you should always do under such circumstances, I refused and asked for a number where I could call her back. When she provided it, I looked it up online, but found nothing. So I called the bank at a known number and they were able to confirm .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Credit Card Fraud, Credit Cards, Easter eggs, Money
The Federal Trade Commission proposed a new standard of privacy in American Industry recently:
“Despite some good actors, self-regulation of privacy has not worked adequately and is not working adequately for American consumers,” Jon Leibowitz, the chairman of the trade commission, said. “We’d like to see companies work a lot faster to make consumer choice easier.”
No kidding? Companies won't regulate themselves? Unbelievable!.... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Behavioral Marketing, FTC, Market Regulation, Mooooo, Targetted Ads
It'd be nice if they could post an actual picture of a backscatter scan instead of a full x-ray, but this is still pretty cool. I personally wouldn't buy one since I'd rather not be scanned at all than try to make a statement after the fact..... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Backscatter X-ray, TSA
I am constantly telling people to lock down their privacy settings because if you keep this stuff visible, this kind of story becomes possible. Apparently there was a debt collector that spammed friends and family of a debtor in order to pressure her to pay.
Melanie Beacham says she fell behind on her car payment after getting sick and taking a medical leave from work. .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Debt Collectors, Facebook
Also a series of current articles and links about the issue here.
And finally a story of a pat down that’s been resurrected from 2002 by Penn of Penn and Teller..... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Backscatter X-ray, Cellphone, Nudie Scanners, Physical Security, TSA
The TSA has constantly said that photos from the nudie scanners wouldn't be stored and therefore all us privacy nuts were just being paranoid.
However, when the government says "trust us" and doesn't provide either visibility or accountability, why are we wrong when we say "NO"?
Case in point: this story of nudie scanners where over 35000 photos were stored. Whoops.
To be fair, this .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Backscatter X-ray, Cellphone, Nudie Scanners, Physical Security, TSA
There have been some high profile hacks of Sarah Palin and Grady Sizemore, but the issue here is less about Yahoo security and more about what you do with it.
Just make a Privacy Alias and use it for places that want your personal information, but don't really need it. Of course, if you use an encrypted file to store passwords, you don't have to .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Account Hijacking, Challenge Questions, Yahoo
Today a severely depressing story of a baby that was shaken to death for interrupting his mother's Farmville time.
A normal parent knows interruptions happen and can deal, but someone suffering from an addiction is different. They're obsessed and nothing else is as important!
The Mashable article says this:
Needless to say, it is Ms. Tobias — and not the game itself — that .... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Facebook, Farmville, Online Addiction
I've never liked Mint.com. Not because they're bad at what they do (they're not), but because you have to drop your trousers to take advantage of it. So you get a little money management help, so what? You have to give away your password to do it. Not only that, Mint is (surprise, surprise) using all that juicy data you provide for their own purposes..... [Click here to read the rest of this post]Tags: Money