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This service of 1st American Protection is privacy protection. To address the methods of how you lose your privacy. Starting with your cell phone usage.
Recently, AT&T surprised everyone when it added a new option to its Giga Power fiber Internet service: privacy. Yes, for just $29 more a month AT&T promises it WON’T sell your search and browsing history to advertisers. How very generous.
While there’s still some doubt about how private your information is even after you pay them $29, at least AT&T is being honest about how they finances operations.
The truth is, all the major cellphone carriers are more than happy to sell your information to advertisers and push these targeted ads over their networks to you.
As cellular phones have increased in their capacity, it has reduced the amount of protection for you. Tracing is done through your phone’s GPS, where even files and photos can be downloaded. Others can then send a program to control your phone.
Unless you’ve been living under a big rock, you have read of Edward Snowden’s whistle blowing revelations. It’s no secret the National Security Agency’s (NSA) is spying on everyone. Your emails, phone call conversations and text messages. Very difficult to stop NSA or others from spying on you. The first way in closing this door is to become aware of it. One of the best ways to invade your privacy is your phone.
The government ‘alphabet agencies’ including the NSA have been methodically collecting data on us. Everything we do, say, buy and search on the internet will be on permanent data base file by next year. All your phone calls now are computer monitored, automatically recorded and stored with certain flag/trigger words.
As the technology improves, every single phone call will be entirely recorded at meta-data bases in government computer cloud storage, when ‘They’ finish the huge NSA super spy center in Utah. Which means they will be available anytime authorities want to look your call up and personally listen for any information reference to any future investigation. Super computer algorithms will pin point search extrapolations of any relationship you have established to the target point.
“Your Smart TV may be spying on you”
It turns out smart TVs may be a little smarter than most people think. When you watch TV, your TV may be watching you. Televisions are growing up before our very eyes. What used to be a friendly box which used to made you smile is now a “smart” device bringing you events as they happen as you explore the world.
Newer TVs from Samsung (SSNLF) and some other companies have features to help you connect with various online services. They also want to help you sort through the thousands of channels you could potentially watch and find the much smaller list you select to watch by your previous viewing choices of channels.
In order to do this, the TV has to know something about you and your preferences. Should send off a loud and clear warning sign. How well should a TV know you?
If you have the latest Samsung model, your TV now responds to voice commands. Instead of fumbling around to find the remote control, you can just speak up.
“Reminder about Internet use”
Almost everyone today has been informed of the many pitfalls being associated with disclosing personal information on the Internet. The damage is well known.
Think about all the personal information you have saved on your computer.
General precautions – set long and strong passwords – update all your software – lock your home and business Wi Fi – Invest in virus protection virus software.
You should be aware of the importance of protecting your desk or laptop computers from external threats is not just important, it’s necessary. The best way to protect yourself, is with an antivirus software. For security needs choose the best antivirus software to stop the malicious malware or viruses attacking your computer.
Stop threats made to extract your financial information with firewalls for better protection and stay away from opening those questionable attachments or files.
“A low Profile Online Presence”
Should you “unfriend” Facebook? There are a large number of privacy threats posed by having a social Facebook account of which you should be mindful.
A recent report now claims Facebook secretly installs tracking cookies on the users’ computers, allowing them to follow users around the internet after they’ve left the website, deleted their account and requested to be no longer followed. Deliberate tracking of your movements involves putting cookies or small pieces of software on the users’ computers, so you can be followed as you go around the internet.
The site is not safe as it delivers your profile information and email address used to register the account to be searched and viewed by everyone. Others can monitor your online activities. Companies are demanding access to job candidates’ accounts as part of the interview process. An unwise post or photo can be a real disaster.
Facebook has become a culture which seems to be turning people into real social exhibitionists and voyeurs, to expose their personal thoughts for the world to see.
Facebook also happens to sell your information and personal data to advertisers.
Just recently, another new policy has been installed for both Google and Facebook.
If you are unable to log into your account and unable to verify your identity, you must attach your ID. Send an image of your government-issued photo ID to them.
If you don’t have a government-issued photo ID, send 2 different forms of ID (ex: school ID, credit card) both showing the same name. One of the IDs must include a photo or date of birth matching information submitted on your Facebook profile.
“Other precautions to take”
One of the best precautions to take is to maintain a low profile. This is really more about commonsense than anything else. Do not risk the high visibility of exposure.
The culture of overt openness is eroding people’s expectations of respect for the rights of every individual’s privacy and the need to stop prying into personal lives.
Don’t flaunt your wealth and protect yourself against potential lawsuits. If you do acquire an umbrella liablility insurance policy, please keep your mouth shut.
Don’t carry or keep too much cash in plain view or on your person. Over $500.00 cash is a sign of criminal activity and you are going to be suspected of drug dealing.
If you are required by work to have lots of cash, have it well hidden. Not in your glove compartment, pocket or wallet where it will be easily discovered or found.
Every aspect of your life from your birth, to academic, affiliations, assets, credit, employment issues, financial, health, legal, marriage, medical, memberships, and political records are wide open to scrutiny by strangers or for abuse at any time.
Direct mail firms and telephone solicitors are find your income, hobbies, health problems and discover even more personal information from public databases.
Do not copy your credit card number on personal checks. Do not write your phone or social security number on your credit card or slip. Be careful of credit or debit card transactions and watch copies. Do not give your credit card number over the telephone without taking precautions. Fail to do this, you are asking for intrusions.
“Florida residents can do a Security Freeze”
You have a right to place a “security freeze” on your consumer report, which will then prohibit a consumer reporting agency from releasing any information in your consumer report without having your expressed authorization or permission.
A security freeze action must be requested by you in writing by certified mail to a consumer reporting agency. Security freeze is designed to prevent any credit, loans and services from being approved without your express consent or knowledge.
You should be aware using this to control access to financial information may delay, interfere with, or even prohibit the timely approval of any subsequent application or request made regarding a new transaction. Cellular phone, credit card increase, digital signature, employment issues, government payments or service, Internet, insurance, investments, licenses, loans, mortgage, rental or leases, or utilities.
When you place a security freeze on your report, you will be provided a personal identification number or password to use if you so choose to remove the freeze or authorize the release for a certain amount of time. To provide the authorization, give PIN – assigned password, proper identification to verify yourself, specifying the period of time the report shall be made available and upon payment of the fee authorized by Florida Statutes. A consumer reporting agency must authorize the release no later than 3 business days after receiving the above information.
“A surveillance society”
A transformation is taking place and being built in America. It involves large-scale secret eavesdropping without so much as a law or a court-issued warrant anymore.
The breeches of personal privacy involves high-tech “bio metric” devices, such as facial recognition cameras being erected to monitor your movements in cities.
The introduction of mandatory national identification cards containing high-tech powerful microchips permanently implanted for you to be scanned and monitored.
Your information is the most valuable commodity of all. Corporations will spend fortunes to attract customers and use the data they have collected on customers.
Privacy threats are not only from corporations and an encroaching government, but from the hackers and lowlifes with access to computers and spy gadgetry.
New threats to privacy emerge daily with 21st century weapons. Protect yourself.
Do not give out your full name, address, and phone number when you are ordering information. Consider having a mail receiving service to accept your packages.
Did you call a toll free number? The phone company maintains a record of your number for the company you called. This record leads to target marketing to you.
Use a cross cut shedder for mail material containing any crucial or financial forms, records or contact information to avoid the discovery and recovery from the trash.
You do not want to be a victim of the ever rising identity theft. Get into the habit when not using your cell phone, to keep the phone unplugged and powered down.
Safeguard your computer with strong passwords, real and digital lock and key. Do not use your full or real name when you first are setting up your email accounts.
Be careful of what you share on email messages, as the messages will remain there permanently. Your personal or sensitive information must be protected at all times.
Collect important documents and keep them in a place safe from fire or theft. Birth certificates, marriage license, titles or deeds to auto, boat, home or properties.
Insurance policies for everything covered, provisions for long term care, living wills, military service records, professional licenses, and any other documents you consider important or critical. Include copies of your most recent tax returns.
Keep copies of your business contract papers or any held interest in any legal entity structure as a director, member, partner with all related agreements or articles.
Keep a list of any accounts set up for electronic statement delivery and monitor closely. Keep the documents and receipts backed up with additional copies.
Are you aware of and understand about the stance on cyber-security. Avoid trouble at tax time and remember to take the steps to protect your financial information.
The breaches at Home Depot Inc. (NYSE: HD), Sony Corp. ADR (NYSE: SNE), e-bay Inc. (EBAY), and P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (Nasdaq: PFCB) show how simple it is to capture sensitive information. The cyber world was taken back when the health benefit giant Anthem was breached by hackers. The hackers collected the names, addresses, social security numbers and other private data of 80 million Americans.
The most attention is directed towards bank accounts and credit cards, the Anthem hacking exposes one of the least discussed and most threatening scenarios today.
You will recognize with just a name, address, and social security number, many hackers will use the collected information to file false tax returns in your name and obtain refunds by switching them to be collected in debit cards or online returns.
IRS estimates it could be paying out $21.6 billion in fraudulent tax returns for 2016.
Be aware this tax fraud is happening and be on alert of the many scams taking place. Remember if anyone calls you and asks you to provide or reveal any of your financial, personal or sensitive information for your tax refund, hang up the phone.
Are you aware the Internal Revenue Service uses many social networking sites to collect and glean facts and can uncover financial information on the taxpayers?
You need to stop exposing all of your private and social connections to the world.
Another warning alert. Identify theft is taking place every 3 seconds in the U.S.A.
Last item shared from the $300.00 Privacy Protection Program is this strong advice.
Keep real quiet about your property and wealth. Do not ever flaunt your wealth.
Help protect yourself against potential lawsuits. Take full responsibility for any damaging actions and keep quiet concerning discussions on the intimate financial details. For the absolute privacy available, providing more advanced privacy tips, you will be very interested in the $1,500 Premium Privacy Protection Program.
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