Stay Informed
Suggested Site

▸ Simple to add and manage gift lists for yourself, your kids, or your business

▸ Secret gift coordination

▸ Duplicate gift protection


www.FAMIGR.com
Click to see a demo
Click to see a demo
How can I help you?
Contact Jeremy

Trusting Companies

It's safer and smarter to distrust any company–and especially any webservice–until and unless you find enough evidence to show they are legit and worth your time and money.

Why You Can't Trust Them

Motives

Companies do all kinds of crazy things like offer rebates, extended warranties, mug you of your password, etc. that aren't illegal, but aren't really done to benefit you. Instead, they make money or learn more about you or both.

Historically and with few exceptions, companies do anything they can that is allowed by law to make money, no matter the consequences or effect on customers, employees, or even the company itself.

Consider:

Do I really need to go on? I could list hundreds and hundreds of examples of companies abusing everyone in the world and pillaging everything they can, but I hope you can see the point.

In each case, the only thing that stopped these abuses were laws and regulations. Competition never can because ethical companies cost more.

There are very few companies with any kind of morality out there, but if you do find one, support them as much as you can.

Privacy Protection

Hopefully you're already aware how Data brokering is big business. Almost any company you do business with sells your information to other companies so they can tag and brand you like cattle.

There's always some new scheme or trick that companies will use to learn more about you so they can tailor marketing or at least sell you and your family.

Carelessness

Consider TJX who famously lost millions of people's credit and debit card information due to security negligence. Or AOL's equally famous mistake of posting private search records on the Internet.

Companies often don't secure their networks properly, or make stupid choices that harm us. For many, many more examples, check out the Data-loss database online.

Employee Abuse

Even IF you could trust the company's motives and practices, the employees may go rogue and steal or sell your data themselves. Or perhaps they can use it to spy on you or do other mean things.

How to Know Who to Trust

Search them!

Perhaps you feel this is paranoid, but don't judge too quickly. I've personally made the mistake of putting a webstore on my gift registry as the source for something I wanted, but not long after, my brother called to say he did a quick web search and found out that the store was a scam operation.

Talk about embarrassing. I'm the computer security expert (supposedly) and yet I hadn't even bothered to do a simple web search.

It's pretty easy, try a search for the name of the company paired with "sucks, scam, ripoff, evil" etc. As an example, check out this listing from the search "Lifelock sucks".

You should be able to sort through the angry meaningless rants and legitimate complaints pretty quickly. Either way you'll get valuable data in a hurry that will help you to know whether to trust them or not.

Size and permanence

A large, vested company that couldn't restructure, leave the country, or disappear quickly and easily, is more likely to deal with you fairly than one that doesn't.

Consequences

If a company cheats you, there needs to be some punishment that is swift, effective, and consistent. While that doesn't always happen, the better we get at making it so companies have no benefit in abusing people, the less they will.

Technically we already have regulatory agencies, but they are often slow, inefficient, or outright corrupt.

In the short-term, you can protect yourself by using credit cards for many of your purchases or just treating all companies as if they could turn on you at any second.
Guide Navigation
prev: Account Hijacking|INDEX|
Online Addiction: From gambling to surfing and online gaming, people can destroy themselves and others with online addiction.
Posting Online: The Internet never forgets anything completely. Make sure you don't make mistakes that will stick with you for the rest of your life.
Protecting Photos: The Internet never forgets anything completely. Make sure you don't make mistakes that will stick with you for the rest of your life.
Getting Tricked: You WERE doing fine... until someone convinced you to install a virus or give away your passwords. Don't fall for it!
Account Hijacking: One of the most common security risks today is people getting their accounts taken over and then used to trick their friends and family.
Trusting Webservices: An online service promises they'll 'Never abuse or misuse your data' and you believe them? Think again.

2 Comments to “Trusting Companies”

» Comments RSS Feed

Trusting Companies… I don’t trust any large company, they constantly profile their employees, which is dangerous. Then sell their employee profiling to anyone including the credit bureaus, it’s insane

I tend not to trust any business that has entered the stock market. Because if it did, then it is controlled by shareholders, and they are by definition “in it for the money alone”.

Only if a business is entirely owned by people who created it (or someone with similar mindset) will I even consider giving them a chance to prove that “users”, “quality”, “security” or anything of that sort is actually their top priority.

IDENTITY THEFT
How to Steal Identities - Why It's So Easy
Credit Freeze
Data Defense
Credit Monitoring
Id Theft Insurance
The Identity Theft Victim's Mini-Guide to Recovery
PRIVACY
The Geek Privacy Principle
Nothing to Hide
Data Abuse
RFID - Radio Frequency IDentification
Privacy Alias/Persona
Data Defense
INTERNET SAFETY
Online Addiction
The Consequences of Posting Online
Photo Safety
Tricks and Scams
Account Hijacking
Trusting Companies
PASSWORDS
Bad Passwords
Password Tips and Tricks
Password Protection
Password Mugging
Computer Security
E-mail Safety
Kids and Computers
Shopping Online
Retailers
All About Warranties

Online Addiction

Concerned about online addiction? You should be. Learn the types, the signs, and the preventions.

[Click for full description]

The Consequences of Posting Online

It's fun to post online. What you think, what you feel. But words typed and posted on the Internet can come back to bite you more than anything you could say with your mouth.

[Click for full description]

Photo Safety

You can reveal far more than you intended when you post a photo online. Don't make a critical mistake and check your photos before they're online.

[Click for full description]

Tricks and Scams

Just because you won't willing give up data doesn't mean that I can't trick you out of it. Don't fall for these well known tricks!

[Click for full description]

Account Hijacking

One of the newest threats we face is the risk of someone getting control of your online account and using it against you and the people you know. Do everything you can to prevent that from happening!

[Click for full description]

Trusting Companies

Store, online or off, are not known for being fair and helpful unless it benefits them to be so. Good deals exist, but many are bad deals in disguise. It's not in your best interests to be too trusting with any of them.

[Click for full description]