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Online security – STARTS WITH YOU!!!!!

One of the things that I know, as a technologist, I often forget is an impact. So, today, let’s start with the impact statement. I know, and I understand that many technology devices do not apply to many people. You get and use what you need. That is not some kind of cosmic learning or revelation that came to me after I was in a thunderstorm hiding under the bed. It is the simple reality of the world. People get and use what they need. I wanted to post this today to let people know that truly understand that sometimes the tech posts I make, are so far beyond anything anyone is interested in today, that it can be confusing! If you are confused, let me know! I will try and explain the problem differently.

You cannot hurt my feelings by asking that question.  My very first blog post, now 14 years ago on the old Windows Live blogs was about Customer service. In particular the horrible customer service of a company I had the misfortune of dealing with. They, the company in question, was selling a VOIP or what is called Voice over IP. More simply, it means that you send and receive voice information via your computer. This can be done by a stand-alone application (Skype, Jabber, Whatsapp, Facebook, and so on). Or this can be an application such as the company I had tried out. Vonage, I will never do business with Vonage again. Their service, their product, and finally, customer service were so awful; I wrote my first blog.

From there, I have evolved my blog considerably. The first thing is I don’t mention names unless the customer services are so bad, then I mention the company name. I also realized that if you are not careful, you can accidentally give away PII. PII, is the security moniker for the concept of Personally identifiable information, in other words, enough PII and someone can steal your identity. So I stopped using names of the people in my life to avoid a data spill (data spill is a security term for when information that should include et out gets out). That got me thinking about the impact of information on people so, I am thinking about publishing rules of the road post to help folks consider avoiding issues.

Here are a couple of examples:

1, NEVER post when you are on vacation. Or, post vacation pictures after you get back!

2. Don’t share information that can be used to identify you easily. (mothers maiden name, the day you were born etc.)More to come!

  • Will you share your best (or many) online safety tips in the comments?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do spam or sales calls and emails annoy you?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Do you regularily check to see if the email or phone call was a scam?

    • Yes
    • No

What do you think?

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Written by DocAndersen

I am a long time blogger and technology poster.I focus on what is possible, but I also try to see what is coming. In recent years I have been focused on sharing the memories of my family, as part of my Family History Project.

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  1. I hate spam calls with a passion. I do not answer numbers that call me unless they are in my phone. And I do not call them back unless they send me a text of who they are or they leave a message. I’am pretty much the same with emails, too. If it is not a business I’am currently dealing with then I just don’t open the email. As for things like birthdate shared, that is something I need to get better at concealing. There is a site called mylife.com that has negative information about me, as I’am sure it does about others. It is like a online yelp page, but about people. Its more like a judgement based off of information found of the person online.

  2. Q: Will you share your best (or many) online safety tips in the comments?
    Yes (7 votes) – 70%
    No (3 votes) – 30%
    Q: Do spam or sales calls and emails annoy you?
    Yes (8 votes) – 89%
    No (1 votes) – 11%
    Q: Do you regularily check to see if the email or phone call was a scam?
    Yes (7 votes) – 78%
    No (2 votes) – 22%

  3. I generally see where and how much I am sharing and what shared info could put me in trouble. The fact that artificial intelligence even in its infancy stage is powerful enough to get lot of your info through behavioral data access capacity.

  4. I actually feel that the companies are happy to put your information at risk and then sell you a product to keep you safe. I am really tired of non responsive platforms having me interface with glitchy chatbots if I have an issue. I have never felt that any were helpful and don’t believe they actually care. I had people in my accounts before. It kind of put me off my computer for a while. I also will say this: There are very few platforms I have used that have not had MAJOR data breaches in the last five years. I can’t control their sloppy and uncaring managing of their systems. I can only limit and mitigate the potential damage they expose me to.

    • You have a couple of great points, Howard. The first is security is YOU FIRST! Always! I always tell people that is the first step to not getting hacked!

      Your second point about chatbots is one I echo!

      I would say, your point about companies creating a problem, and selling the solution has been an internet rumor for many years. It really isn’t true.

  5. These are great tips to stay secure online. When I started working online, many of my offline friends were skeptical about this idea. They are all afraid of getting scammed. I continued anyway. My reason was, I will start exploring the online field alone and I will not pay anything from my own pocket. After 7 years, I can say that I am earning a good amount.

    Yes, I have been scammed but those gave me lessons. I also learned lessons from other’s experiences. Learning from others’ mistakes are the best lessons for me.

    One lesson: Never open your site through an email message. Always use the browser.

  6. Great safety tips you listed. So many will plaster vacation pics on Facebook and it just really bothers me. They are not using their brain.

    We all should change our passwords very often as well. And think outside the box with your passwords. Nothing to do with your pet or favorite color, etc.

  7. I have a purely simple security system that is sufficient for my needs …. I do not have any such data on the computer … I have a spam since I simply can not open it and just delete it

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