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Paul Lubic Jr. – A Man on a Cybersecurity Mission

imageStaying malware free on the Internet – managing privacy issues –  reducing exposure to predators and scam artists (a seemingly inexhaustible list of threats) – takes effort. Increasingly – a major effort.

That effort must include a serious, conscientious, and effective commitment to becoming educated in both the technical, and sociological issues, that  impact your relationship with the Internet. Oh yes – you have a relationship with the Internet. Who knew?   Smile

How successful you are likely to be, will depend to a large extent on the source material you reference. Unfortunately, the nature of the Internet is such, that not all resources will be equally as effective in helping you reach your goal.

Citizen Journalism is a good thing – but, in the real world of Internet and system security – expert opinion, coupled with the ability to convert technical information into human readable form (not so easy) – is critical. If you can’t understand what’s being said………

One expert that I’ve come to rely on (and, you can as well), is my good friend and fellow blogger, Paul Lubic Jr. (Paul’s Internet Security Blog).

Paul, a cyber-security expert whose professional background includes cyber-terror prevention and preparedness (Homeland Security), is committed to his mission to cultivate a new level of cyber security awareness in his readers.

In a major effort to help educate that readership base, Paul has just completed a four part series that should be on all Internet users’ “must read” list. I’ve taken the intros (as posted below), from Paul’s site, so that you can easily judge your interest level in any one of those articles. Simply click on – “Continue reading” – to uh, continue reading.   Smile

Target: Social Networking Sites

Plastic Social Media ButtonSocial Networks is the first in a series of “Target” articles, discussing the various areas the cybercrime organizations are attacking. Unfortunately for computer users, our Internet environment is, as the military would say, “a target rich environment”. By social networking sites we refer to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, global cybercrime is organized and the organizations resemble a hybrid of a mafia and a large corporation. Continue reading →

Target: Mobile Devices

SmartphoneTarget: Mobile Devices is the second installment of the series of “Target” articles, discussing the various areas the cybercrime organizations are attacking. Unfortunately for computer users, our Internet environment is, as the military would say, “a target rich environment”. See Target: Social Networking Sites, the first article, to get some background on the tactics and strategies of cyber crime organizations.

Mobile devices include smartphones, tablets, PDAs, or any small, handheld computing device that can access the Internet. Continue reading →

Target: Cloud Storage Databases

Security Binary DataCloud storage databases are large server (computer) farms, accessible over the Internet, and owned by a service company for storing customer data for a fee. See The Cloud: A Definition. Companies rent storage space in the cloud to lower their local storage requirements, or as a backup of their data, thus saving them money. Cyber criminal organizations target these very large databases to steal information Continue reading →

Target: eBay, Amazon, & Credit Card Processors

Blue Dollar SignThe last (for now) installment of our Target series of articles addresses the large repositories of credit card information such as eBay, Amazon, and of course credit card processors for MasterCard and Visa. They’re huge, they use computers and the Internet to conduct their business, and there’s a market for credit card account information; and…you guessed it: personally identifiable information (PII).

Yes, we’re talking about extremely well-known, successful companies who undoubtedly have the best computer and Internet security money can buy. However, those attributes also make them more of a target in terms of Continue reading →


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Free Anonymous Phone Numbers for Online Safety

Privacy is a major issue for most people who use the Internet; particularly those who use web based listing service such as eBay, craigslist, and online dating services. Not surprisingly, to interact with these services, participants need to provide a contact phone number.

Not all participants feel comfortable in providing their home, business, or cell phone numbers to unknown parties that can conceivably place them at risk.

So how can you address this challenge? Well, luckily there are a number of free services that offer solutions to this problem.

The new kid on the block is LetsCall.me. Currently, LetsCall.me connects numbers in the US and Canada only.

From the LetsCall.me web site:

This is a free service that makes it easy and safe for people to call you. Use with online services such as Craigslist, or any other situation you want to talk, but don’t want to reveal your phone number.

Create a web address to give to people that want to call you:


Benefits of LetsCall.me

Accept calls anonymously without revealing your phone number

No caller id blocking – always know who’s calling

Block unwanted callers

Easier to remember than a phone number

Great for Craigslist and other internet sites

Be safe – don’t give out your phone number, use LetsCall.me

How it works

Pick your own URL such as letscall.me/johndoe

Instead of giving out your phone number, share your LetsCall.me page

People who want to call you input their phone number on your LetsCall.me page, and then we will call them and connect them with you.

Your phone will ring with the other person’s Caller ID – since the other person needs to receive the call first, they cannot fake their number

Talk with the other person as often and as long as you want

If you want to block the person from calling you, just tell us their number

Check out this free service at LetsCall.me

Another recent addition to this category of fee service providers is Hookup digits.

Take a look at this from Hookup digits website.

How does it work?

Simply type in your REAL phone number (cell or landline number)…then our system will automatically give you a hookup digit phone number. Share this number with who ever you like. The caller never sees your REAL number. (unless you call them) All incoming calls through this number are anonymous.

In addition, the person calling you also shows up anonymous. (the caller ID will show your hookup digits as an incoming call so you know it isn’t your mom calling) The callers are protected too. No sharing of REAL numbers will happen unless you want them to.

What else do I need to know?

Your hookup digits will be active for 7 days, during which anyone can call you anonymously.

After 7 days, if you don’t want to use the number any more, you don’t have to do anything, it just expires. If you still need the number, just return to the site and renew it.

Calls can last for up to 10 minutes, if you need more time, just have the caller call you back. You can do this as many times as you like!

And best of all, its completely free!

Check out this free service at the Hookup digits website.


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