The rise of technology has benefited society in countless ways, but it has also made it easier than ever for bad actors to commit identity theft and credit fraud. A serious threat, identity theft involves a would-be imposter intercepting your personal information – such as your name, credit cards, bank accounts, driver’s licence, and even your Social Insurance Number among others – with the intention of using your identity to commit fraud.
Protecting Your Personal Information
Although identity theft is all too common these days, there are ways you can prevent it, or at least reduce the risk of becoming a target to these criminals. Sometimes, the perpetrator may even be someone you think you can trust, possibly a relative or friend, so you should never share your personal information with anyone. There are other steps you can take to protect yourself from the dangers of identity theft, including the following:
1. Avoid carrying around your personal information with you everywhere. Do you really need your passport, birth certificate, Social Insurance card, or extra credit cards to go to the store or your friend’s house? 2. Whenever you use your debit or credit cards, always take the receipts with you and shred them before disposing of them. 3. Never leave your purse or wallet unattended in plain view, even inside a locked vehicle. 4. Don’t create passwords and personal identification numbers that are too easy to guess, and try to memorize them if possible. 5. If you find an offer that seems too good to be true, it probably is – scammers will often ask you to enter your precious PI to enter a fake contest or qualify for a phony refund.
Keep An Eye On Your Credit
The best way to fight identity theft in real-time is through a credit monitoring service. This will allow you to monitor your credit report anytime you want and can alert you if suspicious activity has taken place. With a helping hand, and a proactive approach, you can be prepared for identity theft and credit fraud. Be aware, and try not to let it happen to you.
I used to love tech a lot more, but now, I feel like tech is getting worse. Keep playing with my time and money, and I have every right to be mad.
In the tech world, you would think as time goes on, and we learn from past technology mistakes, life would be just wonderful, sharing our world with our devices and having some trust in developers. But here we are in 2020 and that’s not what’s really going on. What’s up with the bad software that we pay hundreds of dollars for?
Developers, designers and businesses improve technology and software every day – that’s their job. But is the technology improving or getting worse?
Let’s just think here for a minute. Consumers buy very expensive devices and depend on apps every single day. But yet some multi-millionaire developers and companies give us people mostly CRAP. By this I mean you give us the most bugged software to work with. Just providing nothing to us but shit that should have been properly beta tested, and making our lives miserable. The worst part is this is the new normal and I don’t like it one bit.
Example: Projects you work for hours on may have gotten deleted for no reason, data recovery doesn’t work, blocked software, Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) crashes, unexpected errors, missing user data, performance issues, broken apps. Things just don’t work properly like they should. Some apps won’t work unless you provide something, like your information of some sort. To me that’s just weird and IMHO I think they are taking it way too far. In some cases companies might even warn you about troubled updates facing new problems. Seriously? You don’t fully test products before they are released or what? It’s all out there on the internet! Thousands of articles, reviews, opinions can be read on some of these topics. Oh and these days, you can’t just reply on one device. You may need two or even three. There is so much going on in the technology world that just makes absolutely no sense and there is definitely something strange about it!
Do you think it’s just poor old baby boomers that can’t figure it out? You are wrong. I’m young and I have enough experience with tech to know the problems are not just because of a user’s knowledge; that has something to do with it, but in most cases it doesn’t. If you think it through, maybe you won’t be so quick to judge someone for thinking the new times are just a bit ridiculous. Things are moving way too fast and software/devices are not getting tested properly. It’s all about money, money, money, money! All these billionaires care about is hoarding $$$, rather than putting that money back into making sure things work properly and make our lives easier. If they knew how to handle it, they would make users happy by making sure UI is simple, or at least have some option to change to the updated version or keep to the old within a certain amount of time. They just go ahead and change it like it’s nobody’s business. So the people that think it is just baby boomers who don’t know what they are doing, are you telling me if an app just closes, or you lose your work, that this is the times we are working in and you are okay with it?
We spend way too much time trying to diagnose the problem when we shouldn’t have to do this, especially with the price we have to pay for our devices. That’s the job of the developers/companies. Like honestly, can’t the software/device just work without so many annoying issues?! We should be able to use our technology with fewer problems. This makes me think, what the hell are developers doing? If you decide to send crash report logs/diagnostics back to the developers and it still isn’t getting fixed properly, why the hell are they asking for that information if they are using us for dummy material anyways? And what the hell are they doing with their time?
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been relying on technology more than ever before. While working from home, a lot of people have been experiencing a lot of technical difficulties that make no sense. How is anyone supposed to get any work done? Oh, because you already have millions (or billions) of dollars feeding through so who gives a shit about anyone else, perhaps? Not everyone is going to have a high-end computer like the workplace does, let’s give some people a break here.
Is it because they know people will put up with it? Consumers buy these things and once it breaks or stops working they just buy more? Are developers being lazy? Not working hard enough? Developers and businesses are taking us for granted, they have way too much power! Incidents where our information has been stolen and it’s our fault because we didn’t read the terms and conditions? Please, your terms and conditions suck and you know it. I bet some developers/companies, once their terms and conditions are all figured out, attach it to the app/software with a sneaky smile because some know they are getting something extra out of it. That was supposed to get better too, but I don’t see that happening soon. I’m not saying all developers are bad, just the ones that have a reputation or got caught.
There are so many intelligent designers and developers on the internet, there are so many people that actually care that could make things work better. Why isn’t there more of that?
I’m pissed. I’m so mad. There is absolutely no reason software and devices need to be the way they are. When there is a bad app, bad software, anything you buy that’s super expensive and it turns out bad, that’s BS. This is just something else out of this world. You have so much money to work with, you have millions of customers but yet you treat them like they don’t deserve the very best you have to offer.
I absolutely love Pinterest, but I’m just going to be honest here – some links can direct you to bad websites. But that’s okay, you just have to be careful. Keep in mind it’s not just Pinterest. This goes for every platform and website that you visit out there. It was Pinterest’s platform however that inspired me to write this post. I use Pinterest a lot, and I have come across some VERY SHADY websites. The ones that claim they’re going to hijack you and shit. You know the drill, they try to trick you and take all of your information and you’re left being knocked down and feeling vulnerable if they get you. Ugh, disgusting.
Accidental clicking happens, but don’t just click if you don’t know the source it’s coming from. When browsing the internet, you should already be practicing safe clicking. Scammers are everywhere, accidents happen, but the sad thing is there is nothing that can be done about it besides being careful.
My question that I want to ask you guys is, how many of you just click away because you think that since you’re on Pinterest the links must be safe? I don’t know, that maybe sounds dumb… but that was me. I just clicked on everything like a stupid idiot because I thought I was sorta safe since the browser was within the app. Haha, seems stupid now. blushes The bad links that I have come across are super strange, like “Congratulations, you are a winner!” with your IP or Windows 10 hijack. I have always closed the in-app browser tab right away, closed the app, cleared the cache in the web browser app and restarted my device. And I strongly encourage you guys to do the same if you come across a suspicious link.
I highly suggest that if you are a Pinterest user and come across an unknown website, you should check the link to see if the website is safe or not by going to the Google Safe Browsing site. This tool can not only be used for Pinterest, but everywhere, every link out there; if you are unsure of a website, this is the tool that should strongly be used. This will slow down the scammers and tricksters so why not use it?
I know, it’s a massive pain, but honestly it’s better to be safe than sorry. Not every website is a bad one, but it really is hard to filter out which ones are good and bad.
When browsing, especially on Pinterest, if you click on a link that directs you to a bad website, please report it immediately. Doing this will help Pinterest keep other users safe as well. Pinterest is a site where you can find happiness, it’s soothing and relaxing. It should be a fun, worry-free place. I mean, it has to be right? Everything is based on your likes and interests. Don’t let the bad links bring your world crashing down. Please be smart about what you are clicking.
It’s fairly new – and it’s got a lot of potential.
Getting the most out of your browsing experience and choosing the right browser can honestly make a huge difference when you’re browsing and downloading files across your devices. The right browser can shield you from harm and harassment that could do no good to you or your devices. If you care about security and your privacy (which you should) – you should choose Brave.
What makes a browser a good web browser?
A good browser should make you feel comfortable and safe when browsing. I mean that’s where you store literally everything about you. You need to keep your data secure from all sources. This is where you could decide to make the switch to Brave.
What is Brave Browser?
Brave is a user friendly, ad-free, malware protection + browser that takes control and blocks out all the crazy ads, trackers and more, leaving you with a new experience.
Free and open-source for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS.
Why is Brave different from other browsers?
It’s all about the user. Brave seriously takes into consideration that we are not a product – we are users. And that’s what I really like.
Do you really know what it feels like to browse with no ads? Let me tell you, it’s great. I’ve tested it and it’s true. Ad-free browsing comes with so much more than just blocking ads. And when you have some proof it makes the technology world a better place. Ad-free means you should instantly notice a big difference with performance when you’re browsing on your devices. Brave will improve your user experience and perform fast and super smooth when browsing thanks to the lack of ads running in the background.
The minute you start using Brave you will not see any ads and I guarantee this will help your devices’ performance when compared to other browsers. This is a great thing here. In fact, how do you like the sounds of not being disturbed by a rotten ol’ ad when you are trying to browse?
It looks great and it’s VERY well organized… Brave’s front-page layout is amazing. You will see how many ads and trackers have been blocked, HTTPS to show you secure connections and how much time you saved which is pretty cool. There is a clock on the top right-hand side, which I find stands out nicely to the eye. I really like that since I switch a lot from tabs; I find it helps me track my time better because I can see it in a bigger font. When it’s time to fiddle around in your settings Brave gives you straightforward options that help you know what’s going on in your browser.
Brave rewards. What is it? Once you’ve decided to go through with Brave rewards it’ll show you ads that you can view. You will receive a digital token called BAT. The goal isn’t to help Brave users earn money, although you could earn around $60 but it’s been said that it will be unclear when your money will arrive. It’s meant to forward funds to the websites of your choice. The idea is to spend your digital coins by rewarding your favorite YouTubers, content and websites. I haven’t tried this yet, but if you are a content creator this seems like the way to go for sure.
Is Brave safe? From my experience and research, it’s a fantastic browser and seems to meet security and privacy measures that other browsers do not. As always, you should do your own research and learn as much as you can about any product before using it.
My thoughts: So far, I’m absolutely loving Brave browser on all my devices. It’s been a different experience with the ads for sure. I would choose Brave if you are always browsing or making content. With the experience Brave has given me, I can’t imagine switching back to any other browser. I really love what the Brave team has done. I hope they keep up their outstanding service and keep us users happy.
Ads think they are quite sharp; the sad thing is, they are. It’s not that I don’t like advertising – it’s that the advertising isn’t relevant to me. The random pop-ups that appear out of nowhere annoy me the most, and that seems to happen quite often. Pop-ups are flooding our screens and ruining our browser experiences. Nowadays most devices we use are FILLED with ads and pop-ups. Almost every page or app out there has some kind of advertising attached to it. While some ads can be tolerated, there are quite a few out there that are annoying and often may be completely irrelevant to you. It’s very frustrating when you are trying to do something and they pop up, get stuck, slow the computer down, blast your ears with random audio and just plain harass you when you are just trying to browse. You have to do whatever it takes to get rid of them before you can return to what you were doing. As you can see, they do a great job of distracting you from what you were trying to do in the first place. We’ve all been there.
Let’s take ads on a blog or website for example. Chances are if it’s an irrelevant ad, it’s going to be a distraction, or the visitor may not return back to the link. When I looked at my website, I couldn’t believe that I saw some weird wormy ad. I wasn’t given the option to choose… why the hell is that there? No one wants to see some weird wormy like thing on the side of my page. Out of all the options in the world why do I have to have that as a choice? Seriously, these things interrupt train of thought and it’s distracting and disturbing.
Ads have evolved, that’s for sure. I don’t recall ever using the public washroom and all of a sudden there’s some blasting audio coming out of nowhere, just to find out it’s coming from your own pocket. What the…?! I just closed ALL my apps. Why is there strange audio coming from who knows where out of my phone. And why? It’s completely stupid.
What are ads? Not all are bad, but a lot of them can be dangerous. They get pushed into your devices when you browse or download certain apps and programs. If you click on a pop-up ad it could be attaching malware to your devices – without you even knowing it. You really need to be careful what you are clicking on, but sometimes accidental clicking happens.
Most ads are devious, manipulative and try to stalk you by following and invading our privacy while being sneaky about it. Do you find it a bit ridiculous? I do. It’s weird, creepy and strange.
Is there anything we can do about it that’s straightforward and not complicated? Not really. You won’t be able to completely stop getting ads online. However, you can try to prevent unwanted ads by checking over your settings, exercising caution when you browse, and being extra careful when clicking and downloading.
There should be better choices for us when it comes to ads being targeted at us. We can’t do much, but we can try our best when we are given options to choose from.
Here are some tips:
1) If you are using Gmail – open your browser and log into your Gmail account. Click on your name bubble on the top right-hand side. A drop-down menu should appear. Click on “Manage your Google Account”. A new browser window will open. Here you will see that you have lots of options to have better control over your account.
On the left-hand side there are 6 options: Home, Personal Info, Data & Personalization, Security, People & Sharing, and Payments & Subscriptions.
I would go through all of them just to make sure everything is set how you want it and just to confirm that everything is correct. You have the choice(s) to help make your Google account and your experience more useful to you that might help your browsing experiences and security. You might be surprised what you find in there.
2) Turning off pop-ups. For Chrome: On your Chrome browser, click the 3 vertical dots on the top right-hand side. Click Settings, then go down to Advanced – Privacy and Security – click Site Settings. Click Pop-ups and Redirects. Now disable it. You do not need to be signed in to do this.
For Safari: Open your browser. On the top left-hand side click Safari and then click Preferences. Choose Websites and click on Pop-up Windows.
Keep in mind some websites will require you to have pop-ups enabled in order to use their websites or services.
3) Clearing your cache and history – this applies to all web browsers – and might be really annoying to do every time you start and finish browsing. But you should always clear your history and clear the cache.
4) Browse in incognito mode – when browsing in incognito mode, your browser won’t store any data. This is good for keeping your privacy safe. And especially use incognito mode if you are doing banking on the net. It’s important to protect your financial well-being.
Windows/Android users – will an antivirus protect your browsers and devices from bad pop-ups and malware? Yes, there is antivirus software out there that will promise to protect you from malware but for some devices and browsers, it might not always work. You might have to adjust your settings for some browsers and programs. In the long run, it might give you more headaches. I would stick with the built-in Windows Defender for PC and use your common sense when using Android. Don’t be silly and click or install things that don’t make sense or have bad reviews. Don’t take the risk. If the website or app looks strange, chances are it probably is. Compare websites and apps that look professional vs not so professional. If it doesn’t look that great, it probably isn’t. Don’t just click, know what you are clicking. There are WAY TOO MANY tricks on the internet for you to just be clicking – think it through.
Apple users – Yes, it is possible to get malware on your devices. However, the chances are very low. When choosing Apple there is less of a chance for your devices to get infected with malware. Apple has great safety precautions and amazing software to keep you safer on all their devices.
In the meantime, Google says by August 5, 2020, they will block invasive video ads and do a better job of online advertising.
It’s important that we take care of our devices. Are they cheap? No. Expensive – absolutely. Since you can’t stop ads completely, do your best to try and make them less annoying today! Here’s to hoping Google will keep their word and get these ads a little more under control!