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Consumer views and news since 2007 about identity theft, privacy, and corporate responsibility -- by George Jenkins

Updated: 2017-03-07T10:20:00-05:00


Consumers And The Features On Their Phones


That Moment When: Web Browser Privacy Settings Ignored


Read more.

Meme: Broadband Providers Charge New Fees For Privacy


Learn about "pay for privacy" schemes.

James Brown's To-Do List


I have been and always will be a fan of the "Godfather of Soul:"

Climate Change Denier Feels the Burn


Below is a recent exchange of tweets on Twitter. The blog post continues after the image: You can read more about the incident here and here. Follow Dr. Katherine J. Mack (@AstroKatie) on Twitter. Can a troll be so stupid as to not know who he is insulting? Like it...

Phishing License


Valuable Items You Can't Change


For more convenient access to devices and websites, many device manufacturers and online publishers encourage consumers to use items other than passwords for logins. Is this a good deal? To answer that question, one must consider what happens after a data breach when login credentials are stolen by hackers. Typically...

John Oliver's Awesome Fake Apple Ad About Encryption, Privacy And iPhones


With the ongoing legal battle about encryption between Apple and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), John Oliver, the host of the "Last Week Tonight" show, presented a satirical advertisement for Apple to help consumers understand encryption. The segment is worth watching. First, some background. The FBI used a 227-year-old...

Those Quizzes On Facebook. How Accurate Are They?


If you use Facebook, then you've probably seen the quizzes. There are dozens of them, and they are popular. You can easily spot them because they have similar titles: "What [blank] are you?" or "Analyze Your [blank]." Invariably, the quizzes collect your personal information, and often that of people you...

Fun At Home With Your Wireless Router


Online Passwords: That Moment When...


Meme: Participation


Have You Won The 2015 Data Breach Trifecta?


Yes, there were plenty of contenders this year including health care, education, financial services, entertainment, and government.

Things That Are Big


If you don't know what the Allure Of The Seas is, read this. Related reading: Are You Walking Blindly Into the "Big Data" Revolution? Avoiding "Big Data" And Tracking. A Consumer Shares Her Experience

Recording Ourselves To Death


This is not a joke. Related reading: Live Grenades, Bull Chases and Clifftops: People are Dying to Take Selfies (has good examples of deadly selfies) More People Have Died by Taking Selfies This Year Than by Shark Attacks Teen Falls To His Death While Taking an Extreme Selfie Couple Plunges...

Views Of Climate Change


Learn more: global attitudes toward climate change, opinions by adults in the USA, and what is considered settled climate change science.