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
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)
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