4 Things Identity Thieves Search For On Your Blog or Social Website

Understanding what identity thieves do with your information and how they can obtain it might go a long way in protecting yourself from becoming a victim.

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How do I Block mySpace?

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How do I block mySpace and similar websites?

There are many ways to accomplish this task, but first lets find out if you really want to completely block sites like these or if want to restrict access by children, or allow teens access and monitor their online behavior. The latter choice/option being the preferred way to go. You know as well as I do, if you make restrictions on teens or you stop them from doing something as a form of punishment they will find a way to undermine your authority. They will find a way or sneak online somewhere else. And the possible outcome could be very tragic.


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The Top 10 List 4 The Top 10 Security Issues Four 2 Thousand 10, 11, 12, 13…

We had such a great response for our last series of Top 10 lists… the (30 Top 10 Ways)!! we decided to do a brand new updated Top 10 Lists for the Top 10 Security Issues for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

We hope that you find our research is useful and pays big dividends, in giving you the tools necessary and especially the knowledge to protect you and your family… but importantly Keeping Our Children Safe, should be every persons responsibility in this new net generation we all find ourselves in now, closing out the first decade of the millennium…

The first Top 10 list is based on a very hot topic right now, and is fast becoming a nation wide and global problem that it is called: SEXTING

We featured this Security Issue in one of our our recent OSA eZines… OSA Investigate SEXting to get more information and more of an understanding of how big, this problem really is:


As new as this trend is figures from a recent study suggest that it is far from rare. The results of the study suggest that up to 40% of teens have been asked to send nude photos of themselves electronically and possibly up to 20% of teens have actively engaged in sexting.

Please check out all of the other Top 10 List… as they become available:

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2.  top-10-dangerous-drugs-teens-commonly

3.  top-ten-signs-you’ve-trojan

4.  top-10-tricks-online-predators

5.  10-ways-catch-cyber-bullying-early

6.  top-10-facts-human-trafficking

7.  top-ten-tips-teens-safe-social

8.  top-10-child-pornography-facts

9.  top-10-online-propaganda-techniques

10.  top-10-results-sexting

Special Report : top-ten-ways-to-protect-your-online-privacy

Also, if you have not seen our first series Top 10 Ways List… Go Now The Best 30 Of The Top 10 Ways

As Always Be Safe Online, and if you find you have topic’s or ideas on other subjects that you would like us to investigate or create a list please email us our use our contact form.

Thanks for all the support and please Learn IT, Teach IT, Share IT!

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Threats to mobile and online security are constantly becoming more sophisticated… So, Protect Yourself!

Great info… and some good advice for parents, families, home owners and business owners as well, that they can use to protect themselves!!

July 29, 2011 | Read the story »

Predators and Pedophiles

5 Things Parents Should Know About Predators on Social Networks

A recent study done by the American Psychological Association found that of all internet offenders only 5 percent pretended to be teenagers. Most of the time teens met with offenders more than 1 time. They also found that teens who engaged in risky behaviors like maintaining friend lists with people they did not know were much more likely to receive online sexual solicitations. The problem is, most teens are still not as concerned about the risks of sharing information and photos to the public.

December 20, 2009 | Read the story »

Teen Guidelines

Kids Take the Darndest Drugs

When I was in elementary school, I got a lesson from my teachers every year about saying no to drugs. To be honest, I didn’t quite understand what drugs were. I knew about ibuprofen and stuff like that, but the idea of recreational substances was foreign to me (even though I knew I was always supposed to say no to whatever people offered me).

August 26, 2011 | Read the story »


MySpace using new technology to weed out sexual predators…

I for one am happy to see MySpace using new technology to weed out sexual predators, and start taking a proactive roll in the process, everyone has to be aware of the behavior of online predators and pedophiles and we need to really start to understand the new face of the 21st century predator they are not who think we they are, find out here from Julian Sher!

May 12, 2009 | Read the story »

Bullies / Bullying

Show Your Child How to Beat Cyber Bullies at Their Own Game

Bullies have been around since the beginning of time. Traditionally, these tormentors have been associated with vicious verbal taunts and teasing. In contemporary times, technology has been a tremendous “boon” for cyber bullies. Lack of supervision, bully anonymity, and victims’ ubiquitous proximity to electronic devices are the main facilitative factors.

March 20, 2011 | Read the story »

Keeping Our Children Safe

Keeping Your Teen Safe on Twitter

Keeping Your Teen Safe online:
Part IPart IIPart III

Twitter is an interesting social network, since you only have 140 characters to say whatever you want. You cannot post pictures or videos but you can post URLs to them. Many people have embraced twitter as a source to vent out their daily musings or to “follow” their favorite celebrities to get an idea of their life. Parents should be cautious as to how and why their kids are using Twitter. There is nothing bad about Twitter, in fact it has many advantages. The fact is teens need to be careful as to who follows them and especially what they tweet.

June 5, 2010 | Read the story »

Shopping Security

Protect Your Identity: How to Use Online Shopping and Online Banking Wisely – Part III

Security systems are also in place to monitor which computers you use to log on to the bank site. Whenever you log on to the site from a computer that is not your regular home computer, you are asked to provide additional information. Most banking systems will generate a security question that you answered during account setup… Protect Your Identity | Part I | Part II | | Part III |

June 20, 2011 | Read the story »

Banking Security

How to Safely Use Online Banking When On the Go

Ask your bank if they can assign a second active user name associated with the same account. Explain that you access your online bank account a lot in a public environment, and you want the additional security of a limited-rights user name. Some banks gladly add the second access avenue. When accessing your online bank publicly, use only that second access information set.

January 12, 2011 | Read the story »

Home Security

How to Handle a Home Invasion

No matter how expensive or highly-rated an alarm system is, or no matter how many precautions someone takes, a home invasion is always a possibility.

June 16, 2011 | Read the story »

Home PC Security

How to Avoid Online Fraud – Part III

We hope you’ve enjoyed our look at various online fraud techniques used by the unscrupulous. You can find the previous two entries here and here. Our final post will dive into one of the biggest hubs for rip-offs and scams online, eBay. Since its inception, people have taken advantage of trusting buyers on eBay and other auction sites. We’re going to highlight some of the sure signs of potential eBay fraud and how to dodge it.

November 11, 2011 | Read the story »


Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

Of course, internet crime is not usually violent crime, it tends to be more along the lines of destruction of property, through viruses and worms, and thefts through the use of scams and ID theft. But these crimes are highly destructive to people’s lives, as well, and need to be taken just as seriously as any other.

July 2, 2009 | Read the story »

ID theft

Keep It Locked When you’re Vacationing: Identity Theft

Travelers are particularly vulnerable for ID theft because they are distracted and in unfamiliar territory. Here’s how to protect your ID while on vacation.

December 19, 2013 | Read the story »


Summary: Travelers are particularly vulnerable for ID theft because they are distracted and in unfamiliar territory. Here’s how to protect your ID while on vacation. 

Although awareness about identity theft is on the rise due to the continual advancement in technology and increased use of that technology to store and pass on personal information, it still occurs on a large scale. Identity theft when vacationing is especially common because thieves take advantage of unwary travelers who are distracted and in unfamiliar territory. 

What Is Identity Theft?

Identity theft is the act of retrieving your personal information by anyone who has the intent of fraudulently using it. Personal information is obtained by criminals in many ways and they are continually devising new methods that are less detectable or more deceiving.


Some of the most common ways for thieves to steal your identity are retrieving trashed items, stealing your mail, hacking into your computer files, using phishing emails, pop-ups and attachments, using credit card and ATM card skimmers, and placing hidden cameras on or near ATMs.

Most people have that “it won’t happen to me” attitude. However, according to a Javelin Strategy and Research survey, roughly 12.6 million American victims were hit by identity theft in 2012 alone. Once your identity has been stolen and used either by the thief or those to whom they sell it, considerable damage can be caused to your credit rating and it can take a great deal of effort to get things set straight. 

Ways to Protect Your Identity 

Due to the extreme damage and hassle that can result from identity theft, it is beneficial to take precautionary steps to protect from ID theft rather than to have to deal with the aftermath, especially when traveling on vacations when thieves are more actively seeking victims. Here are some ways to keep from being an ID theft victim and preventing your happy vacation from becoming a horrible nightmare. 

  • Secure Your Mail. When creating your to-do list for vacation travel, be sure to add a bullet point for the Post Office to hold your mail. This is easily done by filling out a short slip at the Post Office that instructs them to hold your mail until your return, or you can specify a date of delivery reactivation. You should not depend on a door mail slot or neighbors to gather your mail as criminals who know you are gone will wait for opportunities to grab important documents containing your information. 
  • Avoid Using Credit Cards. Credit cards are quite convenient and are used extensively on vacations. However, thieves know this and go to great lengths to steal your credit card information. Credit crooks can use skimmers in place of real credit card machines that capture credit card numbers and PINs and they can even hack into hotel, restaurant, or other business databases and steal personal information in bulk. The best way to avoid having your credit card information stolen while on vacation is to avoid using them. Instead, use cash or, better still, traveler’s checks. 
  • Be Cautious Online. Although online identity theft dangers exist anywhere, they are particularly prevalent while on vacation. The reason is that people mostly use laptops, mobile devices, and even Internet Cafés and hotel computer rooms to conduct online business. Such devices and locations are easily manipulated by hackers and ID thieves to obtain personal information. Therefore, avoid sending sensitive information over such devices while on vacation and, if you require doing so such as to pay bills, be sure to use sites that have current SSL certificates and secured connections. 
  • Scrutinize ATMs. Acquiring cash during vacation is a common practice and ATMs are the go-to sources because of their convenience. However, criminals can install card skimmers and place cameras in or near such machines that capture numbers and PINs. offshore centre To avoid being victimized, only use ATMs in well populated areas and look machines over before using and avoid any ATMs that appear to have been tampered with (i.e. scratches, bulky out-of-place adaptations, and other signs on or around readers, viewers, entry points, etc). 
  • Hire a Professional Watchdog. You might also hire a company to monitor your credit activity while you are on vacation. Such companies closely monitor all activities and make you aware of any suspicious entries which can be challenged and stopped immediately, thus preventing long-term harm.

 Amy Johnson is an active blogger who is fond of sharing interesting finance related articles to encourage people to manage and protect their finances.


Cyber Security Awareness Month: As Businesses Battle Hackers, Cybersecurity Professionals in High Demand

The U.S. Department of Defense requested $3.4 billion for its Cyber Command in 2013. Yes, that’s billion. If that’s not enough evidence, there’s always this sobering analysis from a federal report titled Cyberspace Policy Review:

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