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.

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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!

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.