Too often privacy advocates place privacy atop a rickety altar. They fuel the media’s spin on government spying and usually ignore public safety. They shriek democracy could be at risk because privacy-violating security agencies cannot be trusted and they allege outrageous 4th amendment violations. They underplay destruction through covert terrorism. In practice, the US government […]
A friend booked a direct flight from Detroit to Lansing, Michigan. He boarded the plane but it sat motionless for half an hour after scheduled takeoff. Once airborne, the captain announced that he’d be making an unscheduled stop in Port Huron to pick up passengers. They arrived in Lansing two hours late. The annoying experience […]
A national consumer survey conducted by the American Consumer Institute finds that the majority of consumers support stronger privacy protections. Consumers expressed concerns about the collection and use of their personal information by tech companies like Google and Facebook, with 62% not trusting these companies with their information. Of the 800 consumers surveyed, 33% said […]
My earlier blogs have focused on digital privacy and security – including 1) anti-virus protections, 2) online nuisances, 3) the risks of online financial scams, 4) unauthorized access to your communications accounts and 5) potential headaches from your use of social network sites. There have been a several instances where technology is being used in […]
This blog is my fifth in series on digital privacy and security. Earlier, I address such topics as 1) anti-virus protections, 2) online nuisances, 3) the risks of online financial scamsand 4) unauthorized access to your communications accounts. In this blog we will discuss how some attacks can be successful without your direct cooperation – […]
Following on our two earlier blogs, which covered 1) anti-virus protections and 2) online nuisances, this blog discusses the risks of online financial scams. Digital crooks, thoughtless acquaintances, and creeps are the independent actors that attack your use of the internet with effects that range from mildly annoying to malicious and criminal. They may seek […]
Here are two useful posts to help in preparation for an oncoming storm. The first is from MSNBC and it lists things to do before the hurricane. The second is from ACI and provides a list of tips on communicating during an emergency.
IT Consumers Need Fuller Disclosure: Privacy, Security, Labeling and Online Safety Consumers can make rational choices only when they are given full and accurate information about their options. Indeed, insufficient, misleading, or otherwise incomplete information is a prime cause of both market and government failure. Consumers pay, and pay dearly, when they are not […]