Digital Privacy and Security to Protect It – Part 4: Improper Access to Your Telephone Accounts

This blog is the fourth in series on digital and communications privacy and security.  Earlier, I addressed 1) anti-virus protections, 2) online nuisances and 3) the risks of online financial scams.  In this blog, I will discuss how some are gaining unauthorized access to your communications accounts.  Indeed, some privacy and security issues have been […]

Digital Privacy and Security to Protect It – Part 3: Financial “Con Jobs”

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 […]

Digital Privacy and Security to Protect It — Part 2: Online Nuisances

With October 2011 marking the eighth annual National Security Month, this blog represents the second in a series of six blogs on digital privacy and security.  Our last blog addressed the importance of antivirus software in protecting you online information and security, and this blog focuses on five online and communications nuisances – spam, unsolicited […]

Digital Privacy and Security to Protect It — Part 1: The Need for Anti-Virus Protections

In the real, physical world, we (our assets and our actions) are on display – to about the degree we want them to be.  We have a sense of how deeply we want to be known and by whom.  We can generally tell from another’s gaze, questions, or actions whether we are being scrutinized excessively, […]

Invisible is Not an Option

This morning I checked general news, email, Facebook news and interesting websites.  A lot was happening below the surface…   My homepage delivers news.  When I click on articles, they show without fanfare.  My pop-up blocker is set to “on” so adverts can’t grab space where I prefer the news to be.  I could set […]

DOJ Says Google Mislead Federal Agencies on IT Security – Why Consumers Should Care

While state and federal agencies enforce consumer protections, the agencies themselves have a responsibility to protect their own data.  Fulfilling this responsibility helps protect consumer privacy and it is fiscally responsible: it is better to invest in secure systems now then to pay to plug holes and undo damage caused by security breaches later.                        […]

Information Please

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 […]