This past weekend, I went ego-surfing. It only took a few minutes to find a few sites with my personal information. One site offered information regarding addresses that I lived at when I was a kid. Many sites offered information about my parents and siblings. All sites had some misinformation, including job titles and salary history. Now, this isn’t the first time I’ve posted about the possibility of identity theft due to public sites offering up personal information. It’s been a few years, but my post, Here’s Looking Up Your Old Address! is still relevant today, so please check it out and take heed.
Also, please take a moment to ego-surf on various search engines and then contact sites to remove your information. Moreover, let them know you don’t appreciate your private information being made public. It’s not only an identity-theft issue, but also a personal-security issue.
Since my last post:
Spokeo.com put my information back up; today, I added the page link to a removal request, and I received a confirmation email. It will take 2-3 days to have the information removed from the site (and approximately 7-10 days from search engines).
Radaris.com shows my name and a couple of cities I lived in, but when I clicked on the link, the site states: Information removed.
PeopleSmart.com removed my info, but the company is now affiliated with Identity.com, so it’s back under a new account with various cities on both websites. I am currently trying to get the information removed but am encountering technical difficulties with their email submission webpage at the time of this posting. (I will update readers once information is available.)
Lastly, the most egregious (so far) is MyLife.com; I could not believe the amount of personal information on its page or the runaround I got from staff, requesting removal of said info. After trying to delete personal details online, I called and spoke with a very dismissive agent, then another, then a supervisor. Originally, I was advised it would take 7-10 days to have the info removed from their site; after threatening to contact a lawyer because of ID theft and personal security issues, I was advised the information would be removed from the site today and should be off the web (as much as it can be in the digital age) within 7-10 days.
Now, I’ll be contacting my family and friends, advising them to check this page for site links, so they can sort out their personal info on the web. Afterwards, I’ll follow up on these sites, again.
The police can’t protect consumers. People need to be more aware and educated about identity theft. You need to be a little bit wiser, a little bit smarter and there’s nothing wrong with being skeptical. We live in a time when if you make it easy for someone to steal from you, someone will. – Frank Abagnale
Throughout the last few weeks, mainstream media outlets and political pundits alike have incessantly derided the many supporters of Bernie Sanders who claim that they will not be voting for Hillary Clinton in November, should she win the Democratic nomination. Pundits argue that if they effectively fail to rally behind Hillary, Bernie’s supporters will be to blame in November if Donald Trump is subsequently elected. Here is why the pundits are definitively wrong, and why this rhetoric is not only misleading, but incredibly offensive to the democratic process:
First, let me preface this argument by pointing out that this entire debate over whether or not Bernie’s supporters should throw their weight behind Clinton in the general election is (intentionally) misleading, as it maintains an underlying assumption that Hillary Clinton is the inevitable Democratic nominee; an assumption that we have been force-fed for years by both…
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Honoring those who have given the ultimate sacrifice while praying for no more war:
Please take a moment on this Memorial Day to remember the soldiers who have given their lives to defend our country.
The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. – Douglas MacArthur
Agreed. #FeelTheBern #Bernie2016 #BernieOrBust
“I cannot tell you how many times in the last three decades I have heard the Democrats (myself included) lament the absence of the 18-30 year olds. Over and over we said, if they would just show up, we could effect real change. Maybe that was true most of the time back in the day, but there is no denying the fact that you are here now, in formidable numbers, and the Democratic Party has dismissed you entirely.” ~Scout Gerain
I have been considering reaching out to the young people involved in the Bernie campaign for some time. In light of Hillary’s repeated dismissals of Bernie supporters, combined with President Obama’s impatient demand that BLM activists should “stop yelling and compromise,” I cannot put it off any longer.
I won’t sit idly by without, at the very least, publicly stating how thrilled I am to see you here, on the political…
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It’s been a heck of a campaign in more ways than one, and Bernie is the only candidate that has the gumption to be the best candidate, the moral candidate. Bernie knows we need an advocate for the majority to fight big interests who have stolen our country.
Please do not listen to the media and Washington politicians who are bought; instead, place your faith in a man who has fought the good fight from the very beginning. Take a moment and watch a sneak peek of BernTheMovie and while you’re at it, take a look at Bernie’s stance on issues.
What my campaign is about is a political revolution – millions of people standing up and saying, enough is enough. Our government belongs to all of us, and not just the hand full of billionaires. – Bernie Sanders
#FeelTheBern #BernieOrBust #BernieSanders #Bernie2016 #BernTheMovie
While almost everyone seems to kick the habit as a new year’s resolution, I didn’t; instead, I chose a holiday in a month that celebrates independence: July 4th. It was so much easier to quit when I was active in places where you couldn’t smoke, so by the time winter came along, I already had months of not smoking under my belt. I’m not saying it was easy to quit, but it sure was a heck of a lot easier than previous goes, and this July 4th, I’ll be one year cigarette and cigar free. Other dates to consider quitting for you, your family, your friends and/or to honor someone or something are Memorial Day, Labor Day, a special birthday or anniversary. All you have to do is pick out a special day in your most active season and start the countdown! (And completely forget it on occasion just so you don’t drive yourself crazy.)
Oh and one other secret was starting a new activity. I boarded pets in my home; not only wouldn’t I smoke, but petting them and taking care of them took up tons of time and shunned the thought of smoking on more than one occasion! Since then, I adopted one of my boarder pets, so it’s a done deal. I’m committed.
Lastly, I wrote things down I didn’t like that I associated with the habit, such as smells and other adverse effects. I left the list where I could easily access it if I felt my resolve slipping.
Well, I hope these wee secrets help! Good luck and the best of health to you and yours!
Fact: From quitting smoking to skiing, we succeed to the degree we try, fail, and learn. Studies show that people who worry about mistakes shut down, but those who are relaxed about doing badly soon learn to do well. Success is built on failure. – Martha Beck, Sociologist
Well, that’s my cat up there; I adopted Luna a few months ago, but she only ate dry food. Since I felt this type of diet wasn’t good for her, I tried to find the best nutritious, wet (as in canned) cat food that she would enjoy. I tried numerous brands. Some she turned her nose up at, others she sniffed and eventually ate, and some she devoured.
Little did I know, one brand was from Thailand. At first, I was upset because I prefer to invest in American-made products. Then I was concerned the product might not be safe. After a quick google search, I found out Thailand strives to be the go-to exporter of pet food, but what I also found were disturbing articles related to slavery and the fishing industry in Thailand.
To be blunt, I cannot support companies that profit through slavery and hope others will do the same and not buy pet food from Thailand. While I tried to find petitions to add to this article, most were closed at this time. If more information develops, I will update this article. Readers, please feel free to share information in the comments section. Thank you.
“I cried,” said Mr. Long, 30, recounting how he was resold twice between fishing boats. After repeated escape attempts, one captain shackled him by the neck whenever other boats neared. – Excerpt from the article, “Sea Slaves: The Human Misery that Feeds Pets and Livestock” By Ian Urbina