Personal Security

Personal security is something everyone must be concerned about. The world HAS become a dangerous place. Actually, the world has always been dangerous. Some predator animals have and will always look at us as a meal. Fire and firearms have offered humans some protection during our history. Humans have been hurting other humans probably since we learned we could. It is looking as if that will never change. Today we must be very aware of our surroundings when shopping, entering our work/school and homes. They are always looking for the opportunity to take (our kids and valuables), rape, kill or a whole list of other horrible inhuman deeds. The war on drugs has given black market a broad base to excel in crime. Our leaders in the world are each day giving criminals more power and rights as they take away the rights of law abiding citizens. The Internet has made the world like a small village. The World Wide Web is a place where we hang out. Criminals hang out here too.

As of the time and date of this post there are 250,681,017 malicious websites online. Each one is crafted in some way to take, steal or hurt users and computers. This list grows each hour. There are more than 114,120,414 security threats too. These include but are not limited to virus, worms, bots, traps, algorithms and other programs designed to once again steal or control. I recently came across a WordPress Gravatar profile that had a malicious website listed as the link.

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I wrote about this before and posted it on my former Facebook. This is something my ex-girlfriend and I completely agreed upon;

When you are adding friends on Facebook would you want this person to come to your house? Would you let them in your home? Would you let them around your kids?

If you answered NO to any of these questions why would you let this person see any personal information about you? Would you expose your friends to this person?

People fail to realize that when you post something on the Internet even though it may SEEM private it really never is. Because a friend of a friend of a…. you get the point right? Also these social media places own anything you post and can sell/share it to companies. You agree to this when you accept the terms of use.

Think about this.

You (not really you, an example) post photos of your kid(s), where they go to school, where you eat-out at or shop. Where you work, go to school or pictures of your home/car. You post photos or describe places nearby you frequent. Even pics of the night sky give geographical information. Are you thinking yet? The lion lays in wait, no matter how long it takes to get his prey. Human predators sometimes will take months or even years to get a victim. We MUST be careful in everything we do on-line.  Everything you publically share is a clue for that evil person to located you, a loved one or even a friend.

I recently learned this.

A few months ago I received an e-mail from a former colleague who worked in a call center I set-up in the Philippians. She  was telling me she saw my profile on a popular internet dating website and asked if I was available. HUH? I never, not ever have been on ANY Internet dating site. I actually do not see the point in a long distance relationship. Even one that is 100 miles away is difficult. Why would I want to date someone hundreds, thousands or halfway around the world? Seeing each other would be few and far between. Okay my point may be wrong on this reasoning. But that is not my point concerning security on-line. She gave me the link to this “profile of me.” It was my photo from the former Facebook page. It contained enough personal information about me, age, city, MORE PICTURES from the web and things I have posted here on WordPress like quotes and a general “feeling” of the things I write. It took me 7 weeks to gain control of “MY PROFILE” that was found out by the dating site to probably have been set-up by someone in Nigeria or what they told me. They kept a record of the IP Address used when profiles are created and it was not one from the USA. There were over 2,500 letters in there from unsuspecting women who had written to “Me” who was not me. That is scary! What this person or persons had hoped to accomplish by creating a fake profile is beyond me. But I am sure it was for some evil purpose. Be careful ladies. You never know the predator that is behind the profile until it could be to late.

Today a phone call came to my cell phone. This call is what prompted me to write this post. It was from NYC – Bronx area. The caller had some of the worst English imaginable, could hardly understand the guy.
Now this is me, someone who has talked with people from all over the world and this guy was broken. As best as I could understand he was offering me a job. Said he found my “Resume'” on Monster or CareerBuilder. (I don’t have one on either) but explained he didn’t know which. He knew my name. My cell is not listed and I only share it with a select few. Though I did use the number on that damn Facebook app a few years back and Twitter. You can only use Instagram on Mobile (because they have no access by PC) so I am thinking maybe one of those.

PLEASE EVERYONE BE SAFE! Be aware and protect yourself, your family and friends.

Liebster Award

Thank-You chicwithmessybun for nominating me for The Liebster Award

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Jennifer has made my day.. https://couragecoach.wordpress.com/ has nominated me for the Liebster Award.. yayyyyyy…. I am sooooo Happy right now. Thank you so much Jennifer.

THE RULES:  (you can copy and paste these)               

– Insert the Liebster award logo in your post
– Thank and link those who nominated you
– (After reading the official rules) You also have to reveal 11 interesting facts about yourself!
– Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you
– Nominate up to 11 other new bloggers with less than 100 followers
– Ask 11 questions of your own to your nominees that they have to answer
– Notify your nominees about The Liebster Award
– Include instructions of the process in your post

11 interesting facts about me-

  1. I am so weird  when it comes to my writing. Cannot control what i type(i always write whatever i want to).
  2. I almost died…

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The Winners of the Annual #BloggersBash Awards Are…

Sacha Black

So here we are, it’s results time. If any of the winners/those who place want to display the award on their sites, drop me an email and I will send you the logo.

But first, I wanted to share with you the speech I made earlier today at the first Annual Bloggers Bash:

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Empathy is like oxygen for the soul: So if you are experiencing a shortness of breath…

From the very moment one begins to listen, empathy transforms you into a gracious being.

Listening With Empathy

Empathy is like oxygen for the soul (according to a famous statement by Heinz Kohut). So if you are experiencing a shortness of breath in your relationships, career, or commitments, maybe you are not getting enough empathy. My commitment is to provide a gracious and generous listening – empathy. The commitment of these books and the radio show is to expand the flow of oxygen to your soul, so you can breath easy. A Rumor of Empathy is LESS of a rumor and more of an EXPANDED reality in the community today as this work goes forward. Meanwhile…

“E” is for “empathy” – by Alex Zonis

Join Lou for an “on the air” discussion on Voice America Internet Talk Radio, about 5 More Tips on How to Expand Your Empathy – Wednesday at noon (CDT): [click to hear live or replay thereafter) –  http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2448/a-rumor-of-empathy so that empathy is less of a…

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A Word In Your Shell-Like

Somehow it got lost in the virtual space

Wade Lancaster

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Indefatigable persistence in reading takes one to omniscience.

Love Key The Love Key opens different doors in a relationship. Know the one you love. It takes time and patience to know each other. A couple grows stronger over time.

It is better to be careful 100 times than to be killed once. – Mark Twain

The path is always not straight Life’s path is not always straight. At times the terrain is rough and rocky.  Sometimes we have to stop. We catch our breath and smell the flowers. Other times all seems lost and impossible. Even the best of friends at times do not follow the same path. True love and true friends carry a map. One that always leads us back.  Back is sometimes forward when both walk the positive path. Hold my hand as I hold yours and together neither with fall over the edge.

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The problem you solve is the reason you were created on earth.

Collect…

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