An important bill is gaining traction in Congress. Although Privacy made significant strides forward with a recent Supreme Court case, the decision didn’t directly address law enforcement getting your cell phone data to track your whereabouts. Currently most state law enforcement can easily get access to your cell phone and mobile device location information without a warrant and without any cause or reason. This bill will specifically make it illegal for law enforcement to get access to your cell tower information. This is definitely a bill to watch. Read the text of the bill here.
In a statement for the record, EPIC has expressed support for H.R. 2168, the “Geolocational Privacy and Surveillance Act,” which prohibits the interception of location information by private parties and government agents acting without a search warrant.
Recently, I had to take steps to permanently block a company from calling my cellphone everyday, twice a day. It was terrible and very annoying.
These “Robocalls” happen when a company uses an automatic dialer and a computer to make millions of phone calls a day. Many of these calls are illegal so the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken steps to protect you from this activity.
The FTC has provided some great tips to deal with this problem but, most importantly, remember DO NOT press “1” or any other key on your phone. This could translate as “consent” and the calls will continue, and potentially get worse.
What is a Robocall?
If you pick up the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, that’s a robocall.
If the recording is a sales message and you haven’t given your written permission to get calls from the company on the other end, the call is illegal. Period.
What can I do?
- Hang Up. Do not press 1 or any other numbers to get off the list.
- Consider blocking the number.
- Report it at www.donotcall.gov.
How do I file a complaint?
For more information, please see www.ftc.gov/robocalls.
please change your password immediately. Last month it was LinkedIn and now, Yahoo! has been hacked.
Click here for the story.
Poor internet security is a growing problem. Hackers decided to prove this point and make an example of Yahoo’s very poor security. SecurPrivacy, Inc. is working hard to ensure we continue to educate and inform you about best security practices for your protection. Over time these issues will improve but in the meantime, early notification is key.
If you have a Yahoo Voices account (voices.yahoo.com), please take the following steps:
1. Change your password immediately.
2. Our friends at Sucuri Labs have developed a tool to test whether your account was hacked.
Check it out. http://labs.sucuri.net/?yahooleak
In these tough economic times, it may interest you to know that there has been virtually no unemployment in the IT Security industry. Also, ladies, IT Security is scarce when it comes to women. Imagine going to a Conference and the women’s bathroom is ALWAYS empty. That’s what it is like at an IT security conference. Great incentive, huh?
New York’s Mercy College has a M.S. and B.S. in Cyber Security as well as many other IT related programs. There are also a variety of other institutions across the nation that offer Internet Security degree programs. Also, check back soon for a website dedicated to advice and guidance for women interesting in IT security.