Thursday, November 29, 2012

Holiday "It" Books: Who's Spying On You....Review & Give Away!

Do you have a non-fiction or "technical" person on your holiday gift list?  Earn yourself a slam dunk in the gift department with Popular Mechanic's Who's Spying on You by Eric Sofge and Davin Coburn.  Here is the scoop on the book that had me thinking (a lot!) about the technologically advanced world we live in....

It's not paranoia; we ARE being watched. Today, thanks to technology and new media--cell phone GPS, backscatter scanners, online financial transactions, cloud-stored medical records, Facebook and Twitter--our every activity can be quietly monitored. And now that inexpensive gene sequencing seems imminent, even our bodies' secrets may be up for grabs. This groundbreaking investigation shows how America's privacy is under assault--and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Covering everything from the News of the World hacking scandal to identity and credit theft, Popular Mechanics Who's Spying On You? features stories of real people whose privacy has been violated. It looks at the technology powering those intrusions, reveals the advances in security that may eventually protect us, and thoroughly explores the social and legal ramifications of our increasingly complex and high-tech society. A final chapter offers direct, service-oriented tips to safeguard privacy, along with an exploration of how a new, post-private generation willingly surrenders personal information--and the potential pitfalls and benefits of broadcasting your life on your own terms.


What a fascinating read.  As I type here on my computer I am aware of how vulnerable my personal information is and it is more than a little terrifying.  This book is not meant to scare us back into the 1800's but it is meant to teach you about the dangers out there and how to protect yourself.  A smart read for you and everyone else on your list!

To celebrate the release of the book, Sterling Publishing has provided me with these smart tips to share with you (read these...you can thank me later!)...

1.) Monitor your child’s social security number

· 140,000 children per year are victims of identity theft

2.) Talk to your kids about Facebook

· Walk them through their privacy settings. Unless they’ve changed their privacy settings, any “friends” can post their current location; tag them in pictures without their approval, etc.

· What goes online lives forever – including pictures. Let them know the importance of using their judgment before uploading photographs and anything else they might later regret.

3.) Keep Health Records Confidential

· Check your pharmacy’s privacy policy

4.) Install an Anti-Virus and Firewall for your computer

· Picking a specific software suite is a personal choice—McAfee, Kaspersky, and Symantec all make a concerted effort to stay on top of evolving threats, and all offer a variety of prices for monthly or annual coverage.

5.) Check Your E-mail Password Strength

· Use a secure password checker to guarantee your super secret letter-and-number combination is as robust as possible.

6.) Disrupt Online Tracking

· Use a browser with a tracking protection feature so that sites are not collecting data about you through cookies (snippets of code that allow your browser to remember which sites you’ve visited)

To purchase click HERE.
 
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29 comments:

RealtorSD said...

Definitely using strong passwords, my husband is a stickler for insanely hard passwords ;)
Sarah at realtorsd.com

Hifam said...

We do many of these things - talk to the kids about fb, passwords, keeping medical records secure (it's always a good idea to pull off the part of the prescription label that has your name and address on it before throwing empty bottles away). I didn't think about checking the kid's ssns. I'll have to do that.

Amy W. said...

We are doing most of these things. cwitherstine at zoominternet dot net

Marthalynn said...

Yes, we use Anti-virus. Not sure about a firewall, though. I need to check into that...

Maria Gagliano said...

We have for many years but nothing like this

Maria Gagliano said...

We have for many years but nothing like this

Danielle Porter said...

Just one of them, which kinda scares me. :-/

Jenny said...

Just two of them-- looks like we could use this book!

Racquel S said...

WE have a firewall/ anti-virus and make sure our passwords are strong!

nichol said...

Some of the security measures

JohnZ said...

Not all but some of them.

eclairre said...

Some of them. eclairre(AT)ymail(DOT)com

Karrin Mills said...

I have a password on my laptop so children are unable to log on. I only allow them on educational or game websites, no facebook or anything like that. I am in the room while my son is on my laptop. I'm always aware of what he's doing while online.

Samantha Lahue said...

I am very careful what goes online and the fact that we have no privacy anymore basically is terrifying. I know me and my hunni would love to read this book. I'm very interested in reading true stories from others'.

-Samantha
kreativekaring(at)live(dot)com

Lisa @ Simply Things Family said...

we use an anti-virus and firewall

Stephanie O'Day said...

I do several of the things already. We use really hard passwords. Sometimes I even forget what they are because we make them so difficult. We have a credit monitoring that we signed up for so that if someone steals our socials, we can see how it is being used. We also have anti-virus, spam, spyware on all of our computers! You can never be too safe!

walk9 said...

A good spyware and antivirus make all the difference!

Sue Hull said...

Your rafflecopter won't load so I'm unable to enter your giveaways :(

Holly S. said...

I make sure I have strong passwords and enact my Facebook privacy settings. Thanks!

Randi said...

Sadly, the only thing I was doing was using secure passwords and telling my kids about facebook and other online pursuits. This book will undoubtedly be an eye-opener.

Megan Parsons said...

I have installed an antivirus program.

JP said...

We have good passwords and antivirus/firewall stuff. The book sounds like a great read!

JP said...

We have good passwords and antivirus/firewall stuff. The book sounds like a great read!

kaye lake said...

We have antivirus and firewalls, but this book looks like it has a LT f the good ideas....

Robin said...

We are trying, but it looks like we are not up to speed for certain!

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Sarah Yurga said...

I routinely talk to my teen about internet safety!
sarahyurga@yahoo.com

Natalie Parvis-Nichols said...

I use internet security well.