Archive for ‘Privacy issues’

December 30, 2012

Clearing the tabs…12/30/2012

by thoughtfulconservative

Secretary of State Clinton hospitalized. I guess it turned out to be more than “Benghazi flu” after all… Prayers for Secretary Clinton and her health.

How to prepare financially for 2013 despite fiscal cliff. Step one: Don’t panic. Step 2: Prepare for the worst. That’s when I panic. Step 3: Turn investments into cash…Yeah, right.

Farmer cites religious issues in raw milk case. May be behind a “pay wall.” Sorry.

Immigration reform could get overshadowed in Congress. By what? Oh….yeah…forgot.

Red-light cameras run up $7.6 million in fines in first year. Look for this revenue stream to come to a community near you soon.

French court throws out Hollande’s tax on rich. America should be so lucky.

And last but certainly not least, Obama signs FISA warrantless wiretapping program extension into law. It’s nice to know that while the government might not be able to pay its bills, it will still be able to spy on its citizens. Kohl, Johnson and Sensenbrenner all voted “Yes.”

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February 3, 2009

More on personal security, this time Facebook

by thoughtfulconservative

10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know

Everyday I receive an email from somebody about how their account was hacked, how a friend tagged them in the photo and they want a way to avoid it, as well as a number of other complications related to their privacy on Facebook. Over the weekend one individual contacted me to let me know that he would be removing me as a friend from Facebook because he was “going to make a shift with my Facebook use – going to just mostly family stuff.”

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November 15, 2008

A Day in the Life of a Web 2.0 Hacker

by thoughtfulconservative

Here’s an article in PC Magazine that deserves wide reading. For example,

10 a.m. It’s time to unleash my new Facebook app, a cute game about putting kittens in the microwave that’s really designed to harvest your personal information. By running my app you agree to share your entire profile with me, and if you’ve posted anything even remotely useful to me (like a credit card number), then I figure you deserve to have me steal it. Here’s an similar bit of trickery I wish I’d thought of: In March 2008, the Aurigma ActiveX image uploader was used to cause buffer overflow attacks that planted malware on users’ PCs.

Read the rest of the day. Then protect yourself.

My computer savvy friends no doubt already know all this stuff. I know I’ve become very leary of Facebook aps.

May 21, 2008

“The Sensenbrenner Tax”

by thoughtfulconservative

This is the clever title (well, maybe not so clever since Cato wrote it first) of the latest post by Wisconsin 5th CD candidate, Republican Jim Burkee posted at the Small Business Times and on his Community NOW blog Responsibility Now (which has footnotes where the SBT post doesn’t. BTW, if anyone can figure out how the footnotes work, I would appreciate it. I can’t.).

His basis is that Sensenbrenner was the sponsor of the Real ID Act of 2005 which was responsible for an unfunded mandate that caused the Wisconsin Legislature to raise driver license fees $10 — the Sensenbrenner Tax.

This fee/tax was also involved in the recent budget repair “deal” and a tongue lashing by Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin Assembly Majority leader Mike Huebsch.

Burkee is correct when he says,

With Real ID, Jim Sensenbrenner has managed to unite left and right in opposition.

Of course, Sensenbrenner was just the sponsor. All but 12 Republicans in the House voted for the measure in February 2005 before it was attached as a rider to the military appropriations bill, eight voted “No” and 5 didn’t vote. All three of Wisconsin Republicans voted for the measure, so I’m not sure if Burkee is condemning the entire Republican Party and aligning himself with Ron Paul, who was one of the eight nay votes.

Instead of Real ID, Burkee touts Rep. Paul Ryan’s Employee Verification Act, which seems to have promise, but has not been passed and I doubt it will in the current climate.

I’m not a big fan of Real ID myself, but it seems we need to get something on track. And as Owen has pointed out, the Wisconsin Legislature has already passed the $10 fee and are not rescinding it.

This looks like a spending cut, but it really isn’t.  It cuts $21,989,300 for implementing the Real ID Act and transfers the money to the general fund.  But implementing the Real ID act is de-facto mandatory unless Wisconsinites are cool with their drivers’ licenses being invalid for federal purposes.  So while this looks like a spending cut, it is actually just delaying this spending into the next budget.

Also notice that this was the excuse for the increased vehicle registration fee that was passed in the budget.  So now there is a fee that is being collected to implement the Real ID act, but the money is being taken used in the general fund instead.  Bait and switch, anyone?

Does this mean it’s no longer Sensenbrenner’s tax?

December 29, 2007

Computer heist puts voter IDs in danger

by thoughtfulconservative

From Saturday’s Nashville paper the Tennessean

The names, addresses and complete Social Security numbers of more than 337,000 Davidson County voters may be in the hands of thieves, Metro election officials said Friday.The information could be used by identity thieves. County election officials are warning the public to monitor their credit accounts for any suspicious activity.

Election officials had said earlier in the week that the computers stolen over the Christmas holiday from the Metro Election Commission offices at Howard School Building, 800 Second Ave. S., contained voters’ partial Social Security numbers, along with other personal information.

The Election Commission will send a written notice to all voters in Davidson County, alerting them to the potential danger of identity theft, within the next week.

The theft should not cause any problems for Nashvillians casting ballots in the upcoming presidential primary. Early voting begins Jan. 16.

November 5, 2007

Think your Mac makes you immune?

by thoughtfulconservative

Learn the lesson Scott Feldstein learned.

So I’m thinking to myself, hey, I’m a Mac user. Both my laptop and my web server are running Mac OS X. There aren’t any malicious botnet-style malware for us.. is there? Then I start to think maybe the email itself is a scam. So I call the number in the message.

Turns out it’s for reals. I talk to a security guy and he confirms: spam email has been coming from my connection. I say I think that’s pretty unlikely because I’m a (smug) Mac user. He agrees that it would in fact be odd. Then he asks me the million dollar question: do I have a wireless network at home?