Why are people doing …

Why are people praying on the weak? Why are they praying on the ones in need? Why do they hack into basic things like people’s phones? Why do they steal from us the most basic things? Our Identity? Our bank information? Our heritage? This is a cautionary tale for all of us to remember … nothing is safe.

How much of our lives are on the internet? How much of our information is there that can be found there? There is many ways for information to be gotten by those who want to do things to others. Think about it, if you ‘Google’ your own name, you might find more information than you thought was out there. It is scary especially if you have a common name.

Think about it, how much do you do online? Do you shop online? Do you pay your bills online? What about the bank? What would you do if suddenly lost all that information? Think about it for a minute, if a person calls you up and says that they want to give you a large amount of money and you have no clue who that person is you ask questions … I hope. If you were called by the local fire department wanting your help in raising funds for a new fire house, it would show up on the caller id as the local fire department … are you sure? 

I had a call the other day (this is true) and the number that was calling my home was my home. Someone had used my phone number to cover who they were. When I answered it they were trying to sell me something and when I told them to remove my number from their calling list and to remove it from their caller id cover number I got dial tone real fast. Then the people tried my cell phone and it showed up as my home number. It was the same person and I offered to call the police on them for stealing my phone number for illegal use. Dial tone even faster.

The caution tale of this is simple: If a person calls you and they aren’t a person that you talk to all the time, ask questions. I promise if the person is legit, they won’t mind answering a few questions. 

The internet is a rather interesting challenge. If you go through an online store and get something. Check your bank statement if you use your debit card. Make sure that it is the only charge that the company made. Some companies will put a $1.00 hold fee and that is common.

During the holidays if you use a card on line and you get the statement, double check it. It is better to be safe than sorry. 

This is a common thing to do. When you go online, pay attention to who is around, if you are using public Wi-Fi then wait to get what you want unit you get home.

Do things like change your passwords every so often, I know it is a pain in the butt to do but it can save you a serious problems. Set up a secondary password to where if you have to call the bank, they ask you for the passcode before they say any information and after the normal verification. 

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