"Mommy, a Man Videotaped Me!"

It was one of those mellow early-fall afternoons that demand to be embraced and savored. "Mommy! Mommy!" Breaking into my reverie, my daughter came running, almost tripping over the grass in her excitement. "A man just took a videotape of Tori and me!" She grinned and clasped her hands together. "He says we're going to be on TV!"...more
I saw someone photograph my daughter at the occupy Seattle event...I took it as a compliment and ...more

Weighing in: Google's naming policy

I was listening to CBC Spark Episode 155 in which they were discussing Google Plus' anti-pseudonym policy. Personally, I think that we get what we pay for with free social networks and it's all caveat emptor. But I do find this particular policy interesting because of the other potential implications....more

Facebook In Real Life Would Be Super Creepy (video)

Back in 2009, I posted a College Humor Video: Twitter in Real Life. If you think about Twitter statuses and what they reveal, the idea of someone making all of those comments out loud would be awkward at worst, hilarious at best....more
Hey there! What a great way to make one think. Wow! Love the blue books with "Face" on them. ...more

Guarding Your Internet Security and Privacy

There are always new threats and viruses and malware facing those of us who are spread around the Internet on multiple sites. It is time for a review of the basics as well as a look at some of the new threats. Don't make it easy for the bad guys to get in. Image Credit: Aunt Owwee Important Basics ...more


All the attention and dismay over Internet Privacy got me to thinking.  I am at a loss for how this is news or why it is a “problem”.  From everything I have read, this is an educational issue more than anything else.  The fear mongering by the Media is really unnecessary....more

An App That Doesn't Try to Hide Its Dark Side: Creepy

Here's another "warning app" following in the footsteps of Please Rob Me, which scoured the web for geolocated tweets in which people indicated that they were not home, and aggregated them into a single page. It was meant as a social security exercise to bring people's attention to the privacy and security risks of broadcasting their whereabouts, especially when they are away from home....more

Is Your iPhone tracking you? The facts, risks, and solutions

 A "stalker" file on iPhones and 3G iPads running on iOS 4 tracks where you are along with a time stamp and saves it on your device for a year or more. The news of this tracking issue was released yesterday....more

Before You Answer That Fun Online Questionnaire, Read This

If you spend any time online at all, you've certainly seen folks posting answers to fun questionnaires on their blogs or Facebook pages. You know the ones, "25 Things About Me (You May Not Know)" or some such thing that basically gets you to post fun! facts! about! YOU! It's all simple and easy: you share all these fantastic little secrets with your friends, and then they do the same, and so on. Some of these questionnaires even provide the questions for you, like:...more

Epsilon Email Breach Affects Banks, Stores: Should You Be Concerned?

If you have an email address and have shared it with your bank, your grocery store, your favorite drug store chain or any number of other companies, you may be at risk for some future phishing attempts. Over the weekend, hackers made their way into a Dallas-based company called Epsilon that manages email communications and now Epsilon is warning customers to watch for fraudulent emails asking for login information. ...more

I am a travel professional and have received notices from a couple of companies that they may ...more

My Cell Phone Company Knows Exactly Where I Am... So What?

In a recent New York Times article, we meet Malte Spitz, a German Green party politician who sued his wireless provider, Deutsche Telekom, to obtain their meticulous six-month record of his physical whereabouts. As a privacy advocate, Malte was up in arms about it, hired lawyers, refused to back down, won, and then, ironically, published the entire report online. And what did all that precious data reveal? ...more


Certainly, everyone has their own level of comfort with this issue and I'm not saying ...more