Rebecca Herold
The Privacy
Tip of the Month 

Don't call "May day!" on May Day (or on Mother's Day or Memorial Day); settings can help save the day.  


Mother's Day is on the horizon, and so is a mother of a concern:  crooks are using stolen personal information to rack up medical charges which can have scary consequences for not only your financial health, but also your personal health!

Learn more here. 

This Memorial Day as you remember your loved ones, the Library of Congress is remembering you! The government is now storing ALL posts on Twitter to represent our current lifestyle as posterity for future generations. So keep in mind that when you tweet, it will repeat... forever.

Psssst! Don't forget to forward this to your friends, family and coworkers to help them from having a "may day!" too. Even the government is getting in on identity safety this Mother's Day. Check out their nod to protecting Mom. 


Okay, so we're moving closer to a paperless society, and electronic privacy issues are king, but let's not forget that a paper trail can be just as damaging. Did you know most photocopiers have hard drives? Over 400,000 people learned this the hard way when their personal/medical information was compromised recently. This story has just broken, and CBS News called me for perspective. Click here for the story.


Ever wonder how those online ads seem to know exactly how to target you? (How the heck do they know your shoe size???) An FTC  petition urges ceasing Internet profiling in an effort to keep your personal information just that - personal. Read about it here. 

ISSA is hosting my one-day class in Minneapolis May 10 at a HUGE savings for anyone wanting to brush up on the latest security and privacy strategies. Read more about it and register here. I'd love to meet you there!  

Do you ever hit the "Like" button on Facebook? If so, countless entities could pinpoint your location if your settings are not fixed to protect your privacy. Scary? There's more. The "instant personalization" option of Facebook takes basically everything in your profile, such as your home town, schools, likes, etc., and shares it automatically whenever you visit sites participating in Facebook's "personalization" program. Yikes.


Here's how to remove the settings that make that possible. In Facebook go to: Account, Privacy Settings, Applications and Website, Instant Personalization Pilot Program and uncheck the box for "Allow select partners to instantly personalize their features with my public information when I first arrive on their websites."




Smart phones, mobile computers and mini storage devices make it easier to do business, but they're also easy targets for security and privacy trouble. And, they are also simply so easy to lose. Here are a few tips to make your smart phone even smarter.


=   Document your device's Electronic Serial Number (ESN) and/or your International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number. You can usually find out your IMEI number by pressing * on your mobile phone's keypad, it should display a 15 digit number; that is your IMEI number.


=   Mark your phone with a security pen or a non-removable tracking label so that it can be identified if recovered.


=   If your personal cell phone is lost or stolen, report it to your local police station and/or your network operator immediately.


=  Consider purchasing insurance specifically to mitigate the risk associated with a lost or stolen phone or mobile computing device.


=  Register your phone, not only to help prevent annoying text messages (such as SMS spam), but also so that the physical device can be returned to you if it is lost or stolen.


=  Regularly make backups of the data on your smart phone so, if you lose it or it is stolen, you won't also lose all that valuable information.



Thanks for reading, have a wonderful May, and I'll talk with you again soon...


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