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Is Our Love for Information Harmful to Our Well-Being?

Transparency seems to be the word of the decade. More and more, the public is demanding to know details about government salaries, anonymous charitable donors and anything else that was once deemed to be classified. While the benefits of transparency can’t be denied, some are saying that transparency is a double-edged sword which all too often sacrifices privacy and personal rights.

Then there is information overload. It’s largely accepted these days that it’s our right and responsibility to be inundated with massive amounts of information in our daily lives. In fact, I just Googled “information overload” and received over 10 million results. It would take me decades to read all of that. Add to that our email, voice mail and text messages and that’s enough to make anyone want to either take a technology vacation or succumb to technology addiction.

The internet remains an incredibly easy to access and easy to use medium for distributing useful data. And as more people view the internet as an open medium for communication, more openness is the result. However, we may be valuing transparency over other values. For example, knowing how much money a politician makes may not necessarily inspire citizens to improve politics. But it could very well cause them to become more cynical.

 

Posted by on March 15, 2016 in Internet Security

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Give Your Family More Than One Layer Of Online Protection

Perhaps you feel there isn’t much you can do to protect your kids from online dangers. But you already have half the battle won if you’ve educated your kids about those dangers. Many articles are available online that tell all about computer criminals and online predators. Depending on their ages, you can direct your kids to these articles. Or, you can read them together. Either way will help them understand why they need to be careful. Internet service providers may also offer security tools that block questionable sites from children’s eyes. Placing your computer in a common area of your home can help you keep an eye on their activities, as opposed to having computers in their rooms. Also, it’s a good idea to be aware of the warning signs of contact with an online predator, such as withdrawal from family life and reluctance to discuss their online activities.

 

Posted by on October 18, 2013 in Internet Security

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Internet Providers, And Keeping Customer Information

Internet service providers are keeping information on all of their users for a period of at least one year now. A requirement to keep records on internet sites visited, searches made and to whom customers talk was much talked about this year with the scandal that erupted regarding the NSA and its collection of information. The government wanted this information in order to more easily prosecute electronic crimes such as child pornography. But opinions remain divided, with some believing that is a good thing, while others saying it’s a violation of an individual’s right to privacy. This camp feels it is wrong to collect data on all users, even those with no criminal past. No matter where you stand on this issue, you may find it eye opening to see that all time spent online leaves footprints. And those footprints do not simply vanish into some vast void in the electronic atmosphere.

 

Posted by on October 11, 2013 in Internet Security, internet service providers

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Protect Yourself When Going Online

Are you worried about your privacy when you are online? There are many who are trying to get your information when you surf, even though you may not know it. Whether or not you want them to have that information is something that you do have control over. The first thing to understand is how companies use the information they get from you.

Before they gather anything, websites must tell you they’re doing it. This is in their privacy policy and will give you an idea of how your information will be used. Something else to watch for is sharing too much personal information on social media sites. It is never a good idea to put personal information like your address and phone number on your Facebook page. Many law enforcement officials will tell you this as well. Such information has at times been used to commit crimes. For example, by posting photos from your vacation while you are still away, you can let crooks know that your home is unattended.

 

 

Posted by on September 20, 2013 in Internet Security, internet service providers

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What Can You Do To Protect Your Privacy When Using Internet Service Providers?

Protecting ourselves online is something that most of us don’t think about until something happens. Maybe it starts with receiving large amounts of spam. Or perhaps all of a sudden, you find yourself dealing with annoying pop-up windows whenever you start your browser. Or you might pick up a computer virus, and your ability to use the internet becomes significantly impaired unless you get rid of it. When doing research into the different internet service providers near you, it’s important to check into their security tools and use them. Never give your personal data unless you are sure of the reputation of the site you are visiting. And make sure you get highly-rated anti-virus protection.

 

 

Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Internet Security, internet service providers

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Password Sharing Allows Subscription Viewing Via Internet Service Providers In Chicago Illinois

Those who don’t have subscriptions to cable or own televisions, but who are savvy users of internet service providers in Chicago Illinois appear to be viewing their favorite movies and shows in a novel way: by using other peoples’ passwords. But that doesn’t mean they’re stealing the keys to Netflix accounts: these passwords are apparently being shared willingly. Some of the services being used include HBO Go and Hulu.

Although no extensive research has been done about just how deep the password-sharing rabbit hole goes, opinions have been mixed. Some say that this spells future disaster for sites like Netflix if it isn’t curbed in a timely manner. Others were barely fazed by the news – possibly because of their next-to-no ability to track which of their customers are sharing passwords, let alone try to curtail the behavior.

 

 

Posted by on April 10, 2013 in high speed internet access, internet providers in your area, Internet Security

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Law Enforcement Access To User Email Shouldn’t Depend On Time: Feds

Measurable reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act may be forthcoming following an acknowledgement by the Department of Justice yesterday. The acknowledgement, involving law enforcement access to user emails included the perspective that there is no reason to treat emails that are under 180 days old differently from emails that are over 180 days old.

The Department of Justice statement is in line with one made by an ARS Technica writer at the end of last year, which opined that the outdated rules aren’t consistent in any way with the workings of today’s email systems. But experts say that the wait for privacy-conscious reform as far as law enforcement access to email could be a long one, as the introduction of such legislation has been occurring for two years.

 

Posted by on March 20, 2013 in internet providers in your area, Internet Security

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Hackers Whose Exploits Involve Internet Service Providers In San Jose California Are Dangerous: White House

‘Economic espionage’ was the term used by the White House yesterday as it released a statement about the dangers of groups like WikiLeaks and LulzSec to companies in the United States. Specifically, the theft of confidential data. According to information recently disclosed, trade secrets are being increasingly stolen using internet service providers in San Jose California and other providers, and only looks to continue unless something is done. And the continuance of theft could very well negatively impact the national security of the United States.

The fear is that those inside companies who have experienced friction in their work environments may leak confidential business information to the aforementioned groups out of spite. This, in turn could result in hacktivist groups creating malware or exploits which have been customized to steal specific company data. The new strategy also revealed that more cooperation with the FBI and Justice Department will increase its ability to enforce laws internationally.

 

Posted by on February 21, 2013 in internet providers in your area, Internet Security

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