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First apologies for not posting last week but its still busy, and will probably be that way till next week as the majority of people are still off work maybe a little freer later on we will see.
Firstly, well jared I think you have covered philmore and its issues, seems like they and whoever they are battling this times are going down the tubes won’t even try to pick over that can of worms.
I have never had issue with paypal though to be honest, the way I have my passwords set is strange.
I pair passwords for different things in some cases where it doesn’t matter then I don’t bother.
my bank has a password, my paypal has a password that is different.
My twitter has a password.
The router has a slightly different password.
My wireless has a password, one of the computers has a password.
And thats where it stops.
All free sites pre 2010 use basically the same password especially since if they get hacked its not going to effect me greatly.
Others have a password and a pin.
The only place that has a multistep security is the government login system which stores all info for public and government use.
1. its got a password and its also linked with several services which have a complex reg code to get them to be linked.
2. Its got a pin via mobile.
In some case services have voice.
In theory the system will have as many security measures as needed.
Lastly right now its got expiring photo id so every few years I need to show up to a varification place to get sorted out and re ided.
It may have extra stuff to eventually dna and fingerprints may be added and this is only the front end there will be the general security checks followed and other things ofcaused, spying and the other junk I guess all my stuff read.
On the other hand the interface has been made simple for the user and there are no capchas anywhere and info is via cell and email and if you have a problem support can be available.
I have never had any issue with paypal however I have got the odd bogus paypal email.
I have paypal and have used it a lot lately and never had a problem.
I do have a debit card, my main thing is if ever I get hacked or I become an impulsive shopper they can only spend what is in my backup checking account, that account doesn’t have everything.
As well as that, my dad uses a card with limited funds on it for added security.
I know you and some will really hate my guts for this, but I believe that malware, viruses, and even the breaches are not the problem we should worry about.
The theft is not anything to worry about the pron, spam, scams identity theft or the data lost, that is nothing.
What we need to worry about are 2 things.
1. sadly the news and media coverage generated about some of this stuff and the hype generated on this.
2. the rumors and scareware generated by this and I don’t mean the scareware and ransomware thus generated but the scareware/malware we generate.
2 examples.
1. windows is spying on you.
Straight away a lot of so called antispy apps were released.
Some with malware and some needing our cash.
2. y2k, the world is going to end and so a bunch of y2k apps are released.
Fact of the matter is us humans are capible of generating our own home made malware in our heads, we are curious bastards and like clicking links.
The old are especially vonrable as well as those not tech savi.
Even people like me can get overwhelmed with stuff.
I don’t mean disreguard all this stuff but we should take it all in context not just at face value.
Yes I know it goes on every day the evil but it doesn’t stop me.
I have a religious family uncle and aunt and cousins who for ages didn’t watch tv because of the evil, didn’t use the net because of the evil didn’t even use a mobile phone.
Now they do, most of them are fine a few though spend the entire day watching tv, or going round the net and getting into so much trouble I have had to stop servicing their systems as whenever I have they are in such a bad state I have had to reformat.
And I barely get it back and its broken again.
I think we shouldn’t shy away from this.
The word privacy has changed a lot.
Privacy is an offline word online all your info should be treated as public and that everyone can access your account and get and sell your identity online.
In other words we should treat our online and offline lives the same.
Not be stupid online and not think we can get away with murder either.
I know its hard to do, I mean its text I can do anything I want with text.
There you go.

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Podcast 234 is out

Just to let you know our RSS feed has podcast 234 up to start the new year. Here are the show notes.

Welcome to podcast 234 and happy new year. On this podcast, we have something of big interest in regards to a small business. This can’t be good. We also have a tlk about viruses and other history as well. The podcast is 1 hour 51 minutes. Read Philmore is at it, again for a text representation of what the first segment is about.

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Twitter updates cyberbullying restrictions

Just read an article on New Years day about twitter and their policies on cyberbullying. Twitter updates cyberbullying restrictions and we’ll see how this works. I’m curious on why people just don’t use the tools they already have which include blocking and reporting as spam. Lets see how this roles.

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Philmore is at it, again

Well, it seems as though Philmore Productions, the makers of Philmore Voice mail, and the depleted Net by phone are at it again.  Apparently, on December 29, 2015: the company apparently put out personal information about a customer which included how many messages in one box, billing dates, when they paid, and who knows what else.  While billing dates and messages in ones box may not be considered personal information, add it all up, and you have something you can use to harm someone by reminding them they don't do this timely, or that timely, and make them miserable.  We've talked about this often on our blog and podcast on keeping information private.  

We already know that Philmore  productions can't seem to  keep their database in control of their network.  Now, the revelation of the company now giving out information about things most companies wouldn't talk about is coming to light.  You think by now that Philmore Productions would not want to be part of the problem, and the JRN was looking to get a box to put our podcast up specifically, but now, we won't be doing any such thing.  

Whatever happened to the customers Philmore was going to get after he saw that mytelespace was offline?  Did they not go over there? Why? Because mytelespace administration does not divulge anyone's personal information.  One admin may do a show and do what he wants on his show, but he does not give out personal information on his show since taking this role.  This is the last straw, and people should wonder what other info this company may put out about people.  

You'll ask "I didn't hear anything, so why should i care?"  You have a great question.  You should care because the info may be yours, because he holds on to info long after you have left as a customer.  Philmore Productions does not recycle data like most companies do when customers leave.  When I signed up for a box some years ago, he still had my credit card info, and i haden't been there for years.  Now, it'll be some more years before i ever decide to go back. 

A user did confirm to the network that this took place and it was a couple of Philmore Productions customers.  We are not going to divulge who, but it is now confirmed as of the late evening of the 31st.  The Jared Rimer network is saddened by this and was hooping for a turnaround.  Philmore has a lot to say for themselves, and we are not picking sides.  This is not right, and needs to change immediately.  What other security issues are there we don't know about?   What should we expect out of this small company in the accompanying year?  I expect users are going to get breached big time this year over there, and the company will have to pay.  They will pay big time this next year.  

Do you have any thoughts?  Feel free to comment here.  

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2015 Year in Review

Hi folks,
As 2016 has gotten started, I read before the new year an article entitled year in review and it is quite interesting. I am wondering what you think will be the big issues of 2016. Here is mine in no particular order.

  • We will see more targeted breaches where people will have to do something to have something done. E-mail will be sent, and phishers may just send them to their own bank page to enter the info with the web site of the bank compromised. The bank doesn’t know this, and everyone who uses the web may be compromised. It’ll start slow, but I think phishers know they can probably pull this off.
  • We’ll see lots more spam than we ever have before. We’ll get so much spam with stuff we didn’t ask for, even trying to get ourselves removed from said lists will be a bigger problem. These spam messages may ask for info to get us removed more than an E-mail address.
  • As blog posts across the blog have said, I think we will be hit with more apps we can’t trust. I don’t download every app I see, and if I don’t go looking for it, I definitely don’t download it. You just don’t know what you’re going to get.
  • SMS is going to pick up. Recently, got a message through e-mail to SMS saying something about money to paypal or other bank, and it was laced with HTML code to make it look like it would be displayed in a browser. I didnt respond, but we’ll be inidated with those and claiming to click on links which could infect our phones.
  • I continue to watch the breach aspect, and small businesses will be targeted this year as indicated by other predictions. We will be asked for more personal info to do basic tasks in the coming years, and people will hand it over.

Maybe my predictions are way out there, but I’m basing it off of what I read, and my thoughts. Maybe the major breaches will be all, and nothing else, but I will put it out there so people can comment on them and let me know their thoughts. Please use the comment system if you can, so we can have a dialogue. You can also E-mail me, and who knows, we may talk about your comments on the podcast. Thoughts?

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