DIGITAL AMERICA

It’s Bugging Me

// Posted by on 05/30/2015 (9:30 PM)

We can have access to anything we want for free all while it is marketed as being faster, easier and more interestingly than ever before.  Ah, but is it for free?  Businesses promise discounts and lots of free stuff we think we cannot live without to lure us into its spidery web only to snatch our valuable person information, use it as they see fit and then share it with whoever pays the highest price.   

Now we learn that governments are doing the same thing under the cloak of protecting us.  If it is questioned then new legislation it introduced.  No wonder people like Assange, Snowden and Portnoy are fired up and ready to fight back at the cost of living on the run and in hiding.    

The most we citizens can hope for are secure firewalls and spyware which really doesn’t fully protect us and after a breach has occurred companies with Anti-virus/Anti-Malware Programs can be helpful. It is difficult to believe that users hook on online anything will give it up without a fight.  It is just too convenient.

Things to do to help reduce the change of vulnerabilities:

1. Watch out for Phishing Websites

2. Use an Anti-virus/Anti-Malware Program

3. Use OpenDNS

4. Unique Passwords for Every Website

5. Shop Only at Reputable Websites

6. Don’t Divulge Too Much Personal Information via Social Media

7. Monitor Your Credit Profile

8. Secure Your Wireless Network

9. Only Download Software from Reputable Sources

I almost forgot… A friend recently planned a trip to Kitty Hawk, NC because we both love the beach and we are both very cheap.  She hunted for weeks for the best deal and finally found a condo right on the beach and the photos on the website were excellent.  In such short notice it was too good to be true, right?  She wired $700.00 being advised that she would get half back at the end of our stay and keys would be waiting for us at the check-in.  We packed up the SUV and headed toward sea breezes.  We arrived and the condos were beautiful but still under construction.  The men in hard hats tried not to laugh in our faces when we ask where we were to check in.  He pointed across the street to the police station.  SHE HAD BEEN SCAMMED and had no clue.  She has done everything including contacting the FBI… such a drama queen.  She has yet to get any of her money back though the bank has made promises to split the cost.

It is so difficult to know who to trust because of the anonymity the internet provides.

 


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Comments:


SarahP said...

Hi Shirley!

I feel so badly for your friend! That is absolutely terrible that she was scammed. Unfortunately, you hear about that happening a lot, especially with Craigslist purchases. My rule of thumb is “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Although, that isn’t to say I haven’t had issues before, too… I bought a doll on craigslist, promised that she was mint in box. I mailed the money, and the doll I received looks nothing like the one in the pictures… Her hair is fried,she had lipstick on her mouth and in her sleep eyes, and she did not have her original outfit… Hardly worth the nearly $200 I paid…

// 05/31/2015 at 10:21 pm