7 Steps Bloggers Should Take to Protect Your Privacy Online

So we can either sit with our fear, give up blogging all together, or we can act in ways that offer us more privacy than we have right now. I thought it would be worthwhile to list a few steps I've taken and a few I plan on taking to ensure the most privacy and safety for myself as a woman on the Internet with an opinion that I can in hopes that it might help other people do the same. We've seen that this is necessary time and time again. ...more
Thanks for this! I personally decided to blog under a pseudonym and my husband has one of the ...more

Do You Worry That Friends Will Blog About You?

I laughed along with everyone else about the idea of me using the situation for blog fodder, because that's what I do. Use my life for blog fodder. But the phrase, "and then you're going to blog about it," is much more loaded than anyone who heard it probably realized. ...more
allison.arnone Absolutely. I think as long as you check with them and they give the okay, you ...more

I don't always answer my phone...

This may be a confession that puts me in the category of people who drive you crazy, but I don’t always answer my phone. There. I admitted it. Sometimes I let it go right on ringing until the message system kicks in, and sometimes I just push the little button so the damn thing shuts up. Yes. I’m a non-answerer. ...more
Edwina's Episodes yes... with me it's the black dog of depression too... just cannot muster the ...more

Why I Deleted Facebook (And You Should Too)

I did something brave today. I deleted my Facebook account. ...more

#IfMyPhoneGotHacked and Jennifer Lawrence: Let's Admit We Care about Privacy

Despite Biz Stone's optimism about the good things Twitter can accomplish in his new book Things a Little Bird Told Me, the reality of the site is that if you start a hashtag, you have a 50/50 chance of it being misused and abused, as is the case with #IfMyPhoneGotHacked.  Let me take that back... it's more like 20/80.  For a small number of people, that hashtag is a statement about their desire for privacy.  For many many others, it's a chance to share the dick pics they've been dying for someone to find on their phone, missing the point completely. ...more

The Right to Privacy

The more technological advanced we become, the higher the degree the potential exists for an invasion of our privacy. Imagine how difficult it must have been for people’s personal information to get stolen—10,000 years ago.We now live in a world where someone half-way around it from you can nab your most personal information in seconds....more

Anyone Shocked that Snapchat's Privacy Claims Turned Out to be False?

Uh... Snapchat users... those images you thought disappeared forever... uh... not so much. Snapchat has finally admitted -- because they were forced to admit by the Federal Trade Commission -- that a lot of their privacy claims were false.  Images could be saved by users to be looked at a later date (or shared with the whole Internet), and the images themselves didn't magically disappear from servers.  So teens, that crotch shot you took at graduation because you thought it would be hysterical to share it with your friends on Snapchat... well, congratulations, your crotch shot can now live on forever. ...more
I'm more shocked that anyone ever believed that anything just "disappeared" in the first place.more

15 tips to Spring Clean Your Digital Security

As a security analyst for both off-line and online activity, which is personal protection and information security, I’m constantly analyzing my own security situation. This means paying attention to my surroundings, systems in place, the security of my hardware, software and data. One way to get a closer look at all of this and to get refocused, is to remove the clutter, upgrade technologies, and do a Spring Clean. I heavily recommend that you perform the following 15 tasks for tightening up your digital security affecting your overall security position....more

Privacy is more than locking your Doors

There are 10 distinct meanings of privacy.Protecting ReputationYou’ve heard of money management, right? Well, there’s also reputation management. There’s a difference between having facts about a person and then making judgments based on those facts. Often, judgments are skewered, and the result is a soured reputation.Showing Respect...more

Businesses fail in Customer Privacy

The U.S. Consumer Confidence Index, released by TRUSTe®, shows an alarming trend: A high percentage of U.S. people over age 18 are unnerved about their online privacy, and this trend is worsening....more