With all the news lately about deviants using ‘social engineering’ tactics to ‘mine’ your personal information, it dawned on me that protecting your personal information is actually really easy -- but the steps you need to take may not be so obvious.
It seems as though ‘privacy’ and protection against ‘identity theft’ are among the top news buzz words these days, which is a bit ironic given the current situation regarding the practice of voice-intercept of civilian communications in the US, without a court order… But I digress.
Identity theft and privacy are really big issues. I’m serious. Thieves are lazy. It’s easier to sift through your trash can to find your banking information than it is to drill into your wall safe.
The issue with your cell phone records is a bit different. People want those for other reasons. Who is trying to get these records anyway? It’s not just crooks. Your boss may want to check up on you, make sure you aren’t job shopping. Your wife may finally be on to that little thing you have with your kid’s gymnastics coach. You may have a long list of influential, power-house or celebrity-type friends. Just think how much money a trashy magazine would make if they ran an article featuring the calling patterns of Sean Combs.
Let’s talk protection now. There are some obvious and not-so-obvious ways to protect yourself and your privacy.