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Credit card scam - don't give your information away on the phone!

» Remember, never provide anyone who phones you (no matter how much else they know about you) with any number from your credit card—especially the security number on the back. If someone contacts you by phone about your credit card, get their name, department, and extension, and then call them back using the number provided on your statement.  [ 10/03/07 ]

Identity theft: A 24 Step Recovery Plan

» A US-specific 24-point checklist of the steps you should take if you are the victim of identity theft. (via sos [ 03/28/07 ]

Renew your passport now

» As a personal security measure, Bruce Schneier says its time to renew your passport before they start inserting RFID chips in all of them. He figures the security issues will be mostly worked out by the time you need a new one again, in 10 years.  (1) Comments  / [ 09/19/06 ]

What the terrorists want

» Bruce Schneier: What the terrorists want.

It's time we calm down and fight terror with antiterror. This does not mean that we simply roll over and accept terrorism. There are things our government can and should do to fight terrorism, most of them involving intelligence and investigation -- and not focusing on specific plots.
But our job is to remain steadfast in the face of terror, to refuse to be terrorized. Our job is to not panic every time two Muslims stand together checking their watches.

I'll also note that those Americans who reacted to the 9/11 attacks by becoming virulently anti-Muslim have granted Osama his dearest wish.  [ 08/24/06 ]

How to tell if a Paypal or Ebay email is real

» A foolproof way to tell if an email from Paypal or Ebay is real. Ask.

Update: Paul Beard has put together an Applescript that will automatically forward a suspect piece of mail to the appropriate company inquiring if it is legitimate. His instructions are "Install the script (copy it into place), select a suspicious piece of mail, and run the script." Macs only, sorry.  [ 08/04/06 ]

Eastenders can now monitor their neighborhoods on their TVs

» People are comparing it to Orwell's 1984, but it's actually the paradigm from David Brin's Transparent Society. London Eastenders can now monitor their own neighborhood via a home CCTV channel. The question, of course, is whether they'll actually phone in crimes, or sit and passively watch them, waiting for someone else to report it. (2) Comments  / [ 05/16/06 ]

ID theft from a discarded boarding pass

» Q. What could a boarding pass tell an identity fraudster about you? A. Way too much. (via the bradlands [ 05/11/06 ]

How to Get Through an Identity Theft

» A step-by-step personal account of How to Get Through Identity Theft (via rw [ 05/04/06 ]

TSA Registered Traveler Privitized

» Bruce Schneier has written on the inherent insecurity in TSA's Registered Traveler Program, which essentially enables terrorists to pre-screen themselves to see who will be allowed to fly without a security check. Now he reports there's another wrinkle in this hare-brained scheme: privatization. "They want the companies that sell for-profit, Registered Traveler passes to do the background checks. They want the companies to use error-filled commercial databases to do this. What incentive do these companies have to not sell someone a pass? Who is liable for mistakes?"  [ 02/01/06 ]

Kama Sutra Worm

» If you use Windows, be sure to back your computer up today [ 02/01/06 ]

Ameriprise customer data stolen

» It looks like the dumbest thing about Ameriprise is no longer their name: Ameriprise customer data has been stolen after a laptop containing unencrypted "sensitive personal information" was stolen from an Ameriprise employee's car. "Officials say one of the files on the computer contained only the names and internal Ameriprise account numbers of 158,000 customers. The second included the names and Social Security numbers of 68,000 Ameriprise advisers."  [ 01/31/06 ]



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