Posts tagged "Privacy"

Why I'm not deleting my Facebook account

Why I'm not deleting my Facebook account
The news that Cambridge Analytica harvested data on millions of Facebook users and used it for political purposes has caused many people to declare that they are “deleting Facebook.” I support this choice and believe there is a lot of personal benefit to those who do that, but even though I care deeply about data privacy,... Read more »

Why using a fake name won’t keep you anonymous online

There is a lot of chat online about whether CNN (or anyone) should reveal the identity of an offensive meme generator who uses the online name of “HanAssholeSolo.” Whether or not this person’s identity is revealed remains to be seen, but it reminds me of something I wrote for the now-defunct website PrivacyTest.com. Since the... Read more »

Why it's bad Congress voted to remove internet privacy protections

Why it's bad Congress voted to remove internet privacy protections
Both the Senate and House passed a resolution to roll back FCC internet privacy protections. I’ve seen a variety of reactions to this. Because I saw a lot of unequivocal dissent, but I saw other comments as well. A few of my friends basically said, “This sounds bad, but I don’t fully understand why.” And... Read more »
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New information but no answers in my identity theft case

New information but no answers in my identity theft case
Between having my identity stolen and that pesky heart condition I’m having quite a year. I wrote about getting answers regarding the latter. Recently I got more information about the former, but sadly that information doesn’t provide any answers. The detective in Bloomington, Indiana who investigated my case said that he talked to several stores... Read more »

What I learned about being a victim of identity theft

I am a victim of identity theft. Someone used my social security number, address, and other personal information to go on a $6,000 spending spree in my name. I’m told they probably had a fake id too since they applied for the accounts in person in Bloomington, Indiana. Here is where they successfully opened accounts... Read more »

Apple shouldn't unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone for the FBI

By now you have likely heard that the FBI wants Apple to unlock the iPhone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino shooters (who is now dead). Apple has refused to unlock the iPhone, and I fully support them. This debate is far bigger than one act of terrorism or even the group that... Read more »
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Why you should turn on two-factor authentication

For today’s Works for Me Wednesday I am sharing one of my most basic pieces of computer security advice: Enable two-factor authentication (a.k.a. two-step verification) on every account you can. Two-factor authentication is a simple way to prevent someone else from getting access to your accounts. I’ve written about this before (including here, here, and here),... Read more »

HTTPS does not mean your data is safe

More and more websites are using Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) by default. Recently, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) declared that all public-facing websites for U.S. government agencies will use HTTPS by the end of 2016. The increased use of HTTPS instead of unencrypted HTTP is great news for data security... Read more »

3 reasons I will not ask for my children's social media passwords

There has been a some debate over whether schools should be allowed to demand that students hand over their social media passwords. Shannan at Tween Us wrote an excellent post clarifying Illinois laws about school access to passwords. You should read it here. I echo Shannan’s concerns about school access to student passwords. I also... Read more »
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Book review: The Circle by Dave Eggers made me want to puke (in a good way)

Reading The Circle by Dave Eggers made me want to puke. My nausea was not induced by graphic violence or other gross descriptions. I was sickened by Eggers’ detailed descriptions of a dystopia that felt too real. The Circle is not about your typical dystopia where water, gas, and other resources are scarce and people kill... Read more »