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Database Breach

Database Breach

The Impact of a Database Breach – L.E. Edition Part 1 As a law enforcement officer, any piece of your personal information, when in malicious hands, can be considered a serious threat. Once a hacker obtains a single piece of personally identifiable information (PII), they will apply various techniques that will allow them to obtain more. For example, lets say that your email has been hacked. This is completely harmless because it is “just your email address” right? Wrong. In…

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MySudo – Update!

MySudo – Update!

The blog has been neglected recently, I know. Thanks for all your emails and enthusiasm about staying informed on all things privacy! The past few months have kept me busy, teaching for private organizations, working with clients, and even writing a book. Every day is a new opportunity to learn more and to share more about these important topics and from morning to night I am staying on top of it all in addition to my day job. In this…

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Self-Stalking

Self-Stalking

Those of us who are dedicated to removing our personal information from the Internet know that this effort is a constant battle. Experts in this field estimate that there are hundreds of relevant people search engines alone, and when you include the smaller sites that seem to pop up each week, the numbers could be in the thousands. Public records like property tax information, marriage licenses, and vehicle information are collected by the largest data brokers on each of us….

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Privacy Milestones 2017

Privacy Milestones 2017

Last year at this time (2016), I wrote about my Privacy Resolutions for the upcoming year and some goals that I hoped to accomplish in the pursuit of better personal OPSEC.  I encouraged others to reflect and identify new areas to focus on that could improve their stance on privacy over the next 12 months. Some of the areas I chose to focus on this past year included re-reading and studying “the basics”, many of which are outlined in The…

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PODCAST 058 – New To Privacy? Start Here

PODCAST 058 – New To Privacy? Start Here

Privacy is a huge topic and knowing where to start can be overwhelming. This week Justin Carroll and I sit down to discuss how to overcome analysis paralysis and develop a plan to reclaim your right to privacy. Subscribe at: RSS iTunes Google Stitcher SHOW NOTES   INTRO Follow-up on our Wi-Fi episode Article about Wi-Fi probing System76 Linux Laptops MAIN TOPIC Understanding the threats to your privacy The concept of compartmentalization Defining your privacy priorities and privacy non-negotiables Managing…

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Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

In a previous article I discussed how people who qualify as a public official or law enforcement officer can reference State laws in their letters to data brokers and people search websites to assist them with removing their personal information.  If you are a qualified individual who can utilize these laws to help achieve faster compliance and more advanced opt-outs, I encourage you to articulate this in the letters and emails you send to companies who are exposing your personal…

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Podcast 051 – Snail Mail Control

Podcast 051 – Snail Mail Control

A while back I shared my collection of links to take control your mail (HERE).  If you have not yet visited that article, I highly recommend taking the time to rearrange how your mail is handled, remove yourself from marketing lists, and compartmentalize your address as part of an overall strategy to reduce how often your real name and physical address are used together.  This past week I recorded another podcast with co-host Justin Carroll to discuss these mail control…

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Podcast 050 – Privacy Round Table

Podcast 050 – Privacy Round Table

This week I sat down with friends Jason, Jesse, Michael and Justin for a round-table discussion of privacy and security issues.  Had a lot of fun talking about current privacy issues and also reviewing the last fifty episodes of The Complete Privacy & Security Podcast.  Something in here for everyone, so take a listen! Play below or Subscribe at: RSS / iTunes / Google / Stitcher Listen to previous episodes at https://privacy-training.com/podcast.html  

For The Rookies

For The Rookies

I often tell people that learning about privacy and security is like going to a salad bar.  When you attend a live training about these subjects or begin to explore the large number of topics that are related to this endeavor, it can be a bit overwhelming.  With so many options and choices to consider, how does a person decide where to begin?  Hence the salad bar analogy.  There are decisions to made at every turn along the way.  What…

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The Equifax Debacle

The Equifax Debacle

Here is the latest information from reputable sources on the massive Equifax breach from this past week.  I encourage everyone to review the information, stay informed, and take proactive steps to protect your personal information.  A recent podcast about this breach is embedded below which discusses important actions a person can take, and also a free credit freeze tutorial is included in the notes below.  Unfortunately, this latest breach will not be the last. Breach at Equifax May Impact 143M…

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