What You Should Do If Your Identity is Stolen

What You Should Do If Your Identity is Stolen

You may know how to prevent identity theft from happening to you, but do you know what you should do if it does happen? There are some important steps that you should follow if your identity is stolen.

Contact your local national credit bureaus (Equifax Canada or TransUnion Canada) to place a fraud alert on your credit report. A fraud alert is vital since it requires companies to verify your identity before issuing a line of credit and prevent thieves from opening new accounts under your name.

If your thief opened new accounts, contact your creditors and notify them of the fraudulent activity. They will close your accounts and ask you to complete a fraud affidavit. Your creditors will also tell you how long your thief has been operating under your identity and how much of your money was stolen.

Next, contact your local police department and file a report. A detective will be assigned to your case and ask where the charges occurred, how much money was spent, and how your identity was stolen (e.g. Internet, lost wallet).

It’s in your best interest to change all of your passwords that you use online because your thief may have accessed your personal details through your password-protected accounts. Try to use a different password for each of your accounts and avoid saving your passwords on your computer.

Visit your local registry agent office in person to get a new driver’s license if you have lost your wallet or if you suspect that someone is using your driver’s license. Even if you just renewed your license, you need to take a new picture and pay all of the regular fees.

Remember to record all of the important details relating to your case, such as the names of creditors, companies, employers, and detectives. Fraud affidavits may require your detective’s name and the case number. You should also write down the date, time, and a short summary of any discussions. Keep this information in a safe place until your case is closed.

What You Should Never Share on Your Social Networking Site

What You Should Never Share on Your Social Networking Site

Almost everyone is on at least one popular social networking site, such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Myspace. These social networking sites provide you with an easy way to share all the details of your life on the Internet.

Posting pictures of your friends and family is questionable, depending on the nature of them. What you want to avoid is sharing the kind of personal information that may result in having your insurance canceled, or even worse yet, placing your home at risk of a break-in.

Avoid sharing your birth date and place on your social networking site. These small, simple details may seem harmless, but they could provide identity thieves with a way to access your social insurance number and apply for credit in your name.

Announcing your vacation plans on the Internet is an invitation for thieves to break into your home. Try not to let your excitement of going on holiday get in the way of common sense. Only your close friends and family should know about your travel plans.

Providing your full home address online is another way for thieves to potentially break into your home. Remember to leave out any personal information that gives away where you live and when you.re not home. If you do need to provide your contact details, sharing your email address is your safest bet.

Negative opinions about your job or boss are best kept well away from your social networking site. Posting a malicious comment or lie that relates to your professional career could result in some serious consequences, such as losing your job and damaging your professional reputation.

Some online accounts ask you to supply answers to specific security questions before you log into your account. Avoid providing your answers to these security questions on your social networking site because cyber thieves could use this information to hack into your account.

Sharing your love of high-risk activities that may include driving motorcycles, hand gliding or car racing is something that you shouldn’t boast about on your social networking site. Life insurance companies, as well as other insurers, are searching personal websites to determine how much of a risk their clients are. They also raise their rates according to what they find about you online.

Did You Know 2.0

In a past posting I made (December 2008) I had come across a great video that was done by PromoMMX for SonyBMG Rome 2008.

Since then many Did You Know derivatives have been spawned on the Internet, some not so serious, some with numbers you cannot trust, but some appeared to be well done. Here is one video that raises some great questions and provides thought provoking numbers.

If you are unable to view the link above, here is the script:

Did you know?!
In the next 8 seconds…!
34 babies will be born!
India 5 China 4 US 1!
What will the world be like…!
For them?!
Name this country…!
– Richest in the world!
– Largest military!
– Center of world business and finance!
– Strongest education system!
– Currency the world standard of value!
– Highest standard of living!
Great Britain In 1900!
2006 college graduates!
U.S. 1.3 million India 3.1 million China 3.3 million!
How many college graduates in India speak English? 100%!
In 10 years, it is predicted that the number one English speaking country in the world will be… China!
Who would have predicted this 60 years ago?!
Who would have predicted this 40 years ago?!
Who would have predicted this 20 years ago?!
Did you know?!
According to the U.S. Department of Labor!
1 in 4 workers has been with their current employer!
Less than one year!
1 in 2 workers has been with their current employer!
Less than five years!
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learners will have!
10 to 14 jobs… by their 38th birthday!
Many of today’s college majors didn’t exist 10 years ago!
New media Organic agriculture e-business Nanotechnology Homeland security!
What will they study 10 years from now?!
Today’s 21 year olds have: Watched 20,000 hours of TV!
Today’s 21 year olds have: Played 10,000 hours of video games!
Today’s 21 year olds have: Talked 10,000 hours on the phone!
And they’ve sent and received 250,000 emails or instant messages!
More than 50% of U.S. 21 year olds have created content on the web!
More than 70% of U.S. 4 year olds have used a computer!
Years it took to reach a market audience of 50 million Radios 38 Televisions 13 Computers 4!
Number of Internet devices in 1984: 1,000!
Number of Internet devices in 1992: 1,000,000!
Number of Internet devices in 2006: 600,000,000!
Did you know?!
We are living in exponential times!
The first commercial text message was sent in December 1992!
The number of text messages sent and received today…!
Exceeds the population of the planet!
The Internet started being widely used by the general public in early 1995!
1 out of 8 couples married in the US in 2005… met online!
Revenue for eBay in 2006: 6 billion eBay was founded in 1996!
There were more than 2.7 billion searches performed on Google… 2,700,000,000! …this month!
To whom were those questions directed B.G.?!
(Before Google)!
MySpace visitors!
More than 230,000 new users signed up for MySpace…!
If MySpace were a country…!
It would be the 8th largest in the world!
YouTube visitors since September 2005!
Did you know?!
There are more than 540,000 words in the English language…!
About five as many as during Shakespeare’s time!
widget web-surfer blog dot-commer e-learner Internet!
More than 3,000 books were published… today!
The amount of technical information is doubling every two years!
By 2010, it’s predicted to double… every 72 hours!
New information!
Third generation fiber optics has recently been tested that push 10 trillion bits per second
down a fiber!
That is 1,900 CD’s or 150 million simultaneous phone calls every second!
It’s currently tripling every six months!
The fiber is already there, they’re just improving the switches on one end…!
which means the marginal cost of these improvements is effectively… zero!
Nearly 2 billion children live in developing countries
One in three never completes fifth grade!
In 2005 the One Laptop per Child Project (OLPC) set out to provide laptops to these children!
The first shipments should be in mid-2007!
Kids who have never held a textbook will now hold the world!
And be connected… to you!
Predictions are that by the time children born in 2007 are 6 years old,!
a supercomputer’s computation capabilities will exceed!
that of the human brain!
And while predictions further out than 15 years are hard to do… 2049!
a $1,000 computer will exceed the computing capabilities!
of the human race!
What does all this mean?!
shift happens!
We are currently preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist…in order
to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet.!
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them”.
-Albert Einstein!
Did you know…!
There are students in China, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh and the USA who!
remember understand apply analyze evaluate create communicate collaborate on projects everyday!
Ask your kids: Are you doing this in school?!
Ask your Principal: How are you helping my child become literate in the 21st century?!
Ask your School Board: Are you providing the resources and training necessary to prepare
students to be successful in 21st century society?!
Ask your Elected Representatives: Now that you know all this, what changes should be made to
current education legislation?!
What’s your vision?!
Did you know…!
The original version of this presentation was created for a Colorado (USA) high school staff
of 150 in August of 2006!
to start a conversation about what our students need to be successful in the 21st century!
By June 2007 it has started more than 5 million conversations around the world!
And now that you know, we want you to join the conversation!

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Protecting Your Digital Life

Protecting Your Digital Life

Protecting Your Digital Life

Backing up your important documents is something you should do regularly. But you should also do the same for your digital life. Your files are never completely safe and secure on your computer because there are many unforeseeable problems that can happen, such as hard drive failure, virus attacks, theft, or damage from a flood or fire.

Photographs of your family or travelling adventures, important camcorder footage, and your music collection all make up your entire digital life. By simply backing up your files, your digital life will stay protected. It’s important to remember to backup your files regularly, regardless of how you do it. There are reliable methods you can use to store your files safely and securely.

External drives that range in capacity from 250 gigabytes to 2 terabytes are good to use if you have a lot of large files, such as high-definition camcorder footage or all those priceless family pictures on your digital camera. Connect your hard drive to the USB port on your computer or laptop, and drag and drop your files over to your hard drive. Remember to keep your hard drive separate from your computer in a safe, dry place.

Try to purchase an external drive that automatically backs up your files on a set day and time every week. That way, you know that your files are backed up frequently.

Another great way to protect your digital life is backing up your files onto recordable discs that can store up to 4.7 gigabytes of data for a single-layer DVD or 8.5 gigabytes for a dual-layer.  The latest computers already have a DVD burner built-in, making it easy to transfer files onto a disc or DVD. To prevent damage and scratches, keep your discs in a case or spindle and it is recommended to keep these offsite in a secure location.

Small USB thumb-drives can also be used to backup your digital life. If you have a lot of files, purchase one that is the maximum capacity of at least  gigabytes. You can take your USB thumb-drive everywhere with you and it fits easily into your USB port on your computer. Note that there is a reason that some USB drives cost more than others as some are faster.

Online backup services keep your files away from your computer on a password-protected website. In the event of a fire or flood, your digital life is stored securely. Plus, you can access your files anywhere; all you need is an Internet-connected device usually with just a web browser. Microsoft’s Windows Live SkyDrive is a free online backup service that offers 25 gigabytes of free storage. Other great sites such as idrive.com and mozy.com both offer 2 gigabytes for free and have great software you can install which can do automatic scheduled backups.

Going Paperless: Scan to PDF

Going Paperless: Scan to PDF

Going paperless

Scan to PDF

Going paperless is not only environmentally friendly, but also has many added benefits. It is a good way to help de-clutter your life and organize information for greater accessibility. Setting up a quick ‘Scan to PDF’ function on a scanner, along with ‘Print to PDF’ on your computer will help immensely.

Many of the new scanners on the market are now supporting ‘Scan to PDF’ buttons right on the console. Recently, I acquired an HP OfficeJet Pro 8500 Wireless, which has saved me plenty of time. You can use it as a fax machine, copier, and printer. However, the main reason I purchased it was for the scanning capabilities. This device can be installed in minutes on your home or office network and allows you to easily place a stack of papers (due to the multi-page sheet feeder), press a button, and instantly have all those papers emailed or saved as a PDF. Fantastic!

If you install a free program, such as CutePDF or doPDF you can view an email, website, or a document and ‘print’ it to a PDF file.

The next step is to rename the generic PDF files you are creating to something meaningful so that you can easily find it when needed.

Using a variety of free remote desktop services and programs, such as LogMeIn allows you to easily access documents that you need remotely. This can be very powerful for many people and it helps reduce the amount of paper stacks in your home or office.

Of course, you need to ensure that you properly secure these files and remember to backup, backup, backup.

Certainly, there are many documents in our world which still need to be kept; however, these tips can help make you more efficient by saving you time and space. Plus, it’s easier to share information with your contacts.

Top IT Jobs for 2010

Top IT Jobs for 2010

Looking over this list, it isn’t surprising to see the following as the top IT jobs for 2010.

  • Information Systems Auditor
  • Computer Forensics
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Engineers
  • Network Administrators
  • IT Security Manager
  • Virtualization Engineers
  • Project Manager
  • Voice Specialists


Top IT Job 2010