GAH!!!!! – a rant

 

Okay, fair warning… this will be a stream of thought, and frankly I don’t care if you can follow it or not… I have to vent it out…. so here you go

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I’m so tired of everyone whining about shit, when they continue to do EVERYTHING in a public setting (Online). Growing up in the Wild Wild West days of the Internet I was taught, and KNEW, never… NEVER to use my REAL information on anything online. Since my first computer, I have played with programming, and networking, and have been horrified at how easy it is to glean information from ANY program, yet you all use your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and fucking every other site, not to mention all of the online shopping sites that you enter your name, address, phone number, credit cards, and fucking social security numbers… what the FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU ALL!!!!!!

yes, some sites you have to, but do you even take the time to look to see if you should use those sites at all? have you looked at any kind of security settings on your account to limit the people who even have access to your information? have you looked at their privacy policies to make sure they don’t SHARE your information or worse yet, use it for profit by selling it to whomever wants to buy it?

god damn. My kids are already smarter than most of you, and they understand the idea that once something is online, that it is NEVER going to go away. Yes, I understand that in today’s world you almost HAVE to use the internet, but what i don’t understand is why the fuck you need to make an account on every site you visit.

I don’t have Facebook, I don’t have Pintrest, or Instagram, and you know what? I don’t even miss having it for one second. nope… and my using ad-blockers is currently making it impossible to even go to some sites (as they are now restricting traffic if you have your ad-blocker enabled) but guess what? Yeah, still don’t care, those are now sites I’ll never use again. so not a big deal to me.

Take your time, and enjoy things that matter. stop obsessing about fucking news from anywhere outside of 50 miles outside of your home, because guess what…. it’s probably not going to affect you…. I left Michigan nearly 10 years ago, and to be honest, I haven’t cared to read ANY of the news about Michigan even though I still have family there… if something earthshaking or world-changing happens there, My family can tell me when we are on the phone… yeah that fucking thing we used 30+ years ago before the Internet.

let the other places in the world burn, and take initiative in your own life, because that is ALL you have control over. This planet is doomed, because nobody stops to THINK about what they are doing, or saying anymore. Complaining because shit’s not fair…. WHEN IN FUCKING LIFE HAS ANYTHING BEEN FUCKING FAIR?!!??!?!?! If you’re worried about people knowing too much about you, don’t put it online! if you’re not worried about it… you deserve EVERYTHING that comes your way. Just be smart, and use common sense (which i know you can’t because you likely don’t have any anymore) but FUCK… stop complaining, and stop playing the fucking victim. Take responsibility for yourself because now we face a world, where Bathrooms are the most important issue in our 1st world fucking society…

on that note, let me just be 100 percent fucking clear… I give absolutely ZERO fucks about what bathroom you want to use, however, if you go into that bathroom and cause a scene or act a fool, YOU are the problem… walk into the damn stall, mind your own business and get the fuck out…. like every other person on the planet. what a bunch of fucking whining sissies and fuckwits we have…

anyway, my time is up…

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Fuck Social Media right in the face

Such bullshit. All of it. all of YOU. Fucking fake, feigned interest in everyone’s lives so they can post something online, and try to forget how shitty the world is.

Guess what. Yeah, the world is shitty. What? it is… and sitting around on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter isn’t making one fucking bit of difference. Everyone is so fucking impersonal, that it has crept into real life, Face to face meetings. You know what I mean, I bet you’re even reading this on a mobile device, or when you’re supposed to be doing something else. (if you’re driving, please just crash into the nearest pylon and Darwin yourself)

it never fails. Any time I even log onto one of my social media accounts, I’m just swamped with useless information, or even better, swarmed with people “Raging” over something or another that is being done. but that’s all everyone does now, is bitch and complain. Why wont you just STOP complaining, and make a change?

I got tired of playing the Politically Correct line of “I’ll look a certain way for my career” so I finally said “fuck it” and shaved a Mohawk, I¬†wear all black (most of the time) and my ID badge, has a Leather Jolly Roger ID case. Because I felt like it. I don’t sit and post pictures, or rub anything I’m doing in the FACE of social media, or coworkers. I just simply am not willing to care what anyone else thinks about me.

which brings me to this, most of you are SO consumed by what other people think, that you miss the very things going on in front of you. How do I know? Because I had let myself get so consumed by it too. but it’s worthless, and now I’m so callous, and uncaring that I’d rather not even deal with other Humans, because everyone is too shallow now, and just concerned with things they cannot affect.

I guess all I’m trying to say is, “Wake up” and start to look at yourself. what good does it do to post about all this stupid shit that you can’t actually do anything about? do you think that none of this horrible shit has been happening until recently? no, until recently we just didn’t have the access to global communications the way we do now.

People always used to be what made this world spin, but people are what’s ruining this world now. cut it out.

seriously.

Password 101: how to suck at security

Password 101: how to suck at security.

(Totally not a satire post…. Totally…)

1. Always Use a simple password.
2. Always write it down.
3. Always Use the same password for everything.
4. Never change your password. Continue reading

Privacy, is it dead?

So, it’s been a couple of weeks since the NSA “PRISM” was leaked. Outrage followed, but seems to have died down. Which got me thinking, most people I know are their own worst enemies when it comes to their own privacy and important information.

How many of you have Facebook? Most people do. Now, let me be clear, I don’t use Facebook and haven’t for a long time, but my wife does.

Everyone has started to post play by play updates so EVERYONE can know what they are doing. The problem is then, how can you get mad the government collected the data? You posted it in the internet equivalent of screaming in the downtown square, then getting mad someone wrote down what you yelled.

Don’t get me wrong, what the NSA is doing, is wrong; however most people are not taking even the slightest steps to guard their privacy. This makes it very hard moving forward, because it gives us another “lesser of two evils” scenario: Do we give up, and let the government monitor everything we do? Or do we punish those who even stumble on publicly published information that is sensitive in nature for “hacking”

What I think really needs to happen is that people need to start taking privacy seriously. I can’t count how often I have gotten after my family for posting information that could be used against them, and without fail, they ALWAYS seem surprised that what they posted wasn’t private.

Read the end user license agreements for all of the software, and websites you use, they always list what they do with information that travels through their services. Is unfair to get mad at companies and government for spying when you click “I accept” without reading the terms of service.

For this problem to change, it’s going to take a shift in our mentality, not just more useless legislation to supposedly limit the government, even though they already ignore the laws currently on the books, how is another law going to fix things?

Simple solution: Stop being stupid!

My View on this NSA thing

I have tried to keep my blog as non-political as possible, but with the news that has recently come to light regarding the NSA with both Verizon call data, and the PRISM program that snarfs up all our internet communications; I find myself very hard pressed to ignore the issue, but I will do my best to simply represent my objections to the issue, without getting too political.

Basically, the stories that have come to light indicate that the government, with the consent and direction of the Obama administration (and Bush previously) have been issuing secret programs and warrants to collect all of your communication data. With Verizon wireless, it appears that they are using the call metadata, not your actual call contents but rather your phone number, call time, call length, who you called, and other details but no name. They are getting that information from all Verizon customers, and put it through data-mining to find out who might need to be “watched” more closely.

This presents a very large concern to me. As someone who values both freedom, and privacy, this action bothers me to my core. The government isn’t waiting till they suspect someone of actually communicating with terrorists before looking into their activities; they are looking at everyone, looking for possible bad guys. the problem with the later, is that even if you have done NOTHING wrong, you’re being watched. The government is just WAITING for you to screw up, so they can get more information on you.

It doesn’t just end there however. The NSA is also using a program called PRISM to gobble up all of the internet communications and activities of all Americans online. They are claiming they have agreements with major companies who give them this data. They named, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook and many many more (Some of the companies are denying any knowledge of such a program, or that they do not simply give information to the government or law enforcement, which is completely beside the point) The information they are gathering, consists of email information, VOIP call data, chat history, web habits (like what sites you visit or “like” or “favorite”), shopping information. Essentially they are getting access to all you do, and can study it.

It is important to remember, that in the pursuit to fight “terror” we have systematically given up so many of our civil liberties and freedom for the false promise of “safety” that it simply proves, that which Benjamin Franklin said “Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither”. This is exactly true. We as a country cannot allow this level of intrusion into our personal lives to continue.

There are important way to fight this, most importantly is voting. Our government is failing us as citizens, and we’re sitting by watching it happen. WAKE THE FUCK UP! it is important to hold EVERY elected official accountable for their actions (how they vote on anything) by literally tossing them out of office. Yes, I said FIRE THEM! Enough with this “we’re just protecting you” bullshit, and GET OFF MY LAWN!

Facebook: If you don’t use it, why have it?

Today at work I was lucky enough to attend an InfoSec session, and the speaker was very knowledgeable. The target audience was a less tech-savvy crowed, and mainly focused on teaching the basics of how to avoid the “human” factor in getting taken advantage of on-line.

One of the things that came up, is something I’ve been thinking for quite some time. Regarding social media sites and the myriad accounts that most people have. Technology is a great thing, and the access to information we have today is simply amazing, but with all the access, all the smart phones, all the computers, and websites you have also increased your on-line footprint, and made yourself a much larger target for ID theft, Scamming, or any other possible attack.

Some of the points I’ve touched on before:
1. Don’t use public wireless networks
2. On your phone, disable wifi. Use the 3g/4g data, because most phones just connect to an open wireless without warning
3. Be careful what you put on your public facing profiles
4. Don’t simply click links in emails, open your browser and MANUALLY go to the site.

But the final point that finally sank home with me, was regarding Facebook and other sites like LinkedIn. Most people use those sites to connect with “trusted friends”, but don’t stop to think who else can access that information. With the recent hack of LinkedIn, millions of users user-names/passwords/email etc was leaked to the public simply because someone got bored and wanted some excitement (it will be plenty exciting for them in prison, but thats another story). But just think for a second, how likely is it that many of the users that were compromised, don’t log in and use the service? Now their account is compromised along with all the personal information therein and they will never know. It begs the question:

If you aren’t going to use a service, why have an account at all?

The simple answer is, “Don’t” why leave personal information out there? By default most sites will simply only “deactivate” your account, and will still retain all your data. You will need to hunt for the permanently delete, but its there, sites are required to have it, just not required to make it easy.

So today, I finally did what I’ve wrestled with for some time, and DELETED all the accounts I never use. There is no need for extra accounts, if someone wants to reach you, they likely already know how.

Just some more food for thought.