Five Reasons to Read Today's Security and Investigation News
Posted by Pamela S. on Friday, September 21st, 2012
Today I’ve let my fingers wander from Ontario, Canada to Costa Rica to find some breaking news of interest to our clients. Five fascinating stories are lined up here, just like the cialis salesale!” href=”http://www.gsmnation.com/blog/2012/09/21/the-craze-of-iphone-5-a-spot-in-the-line-is-on-sale/#.UFx8xY2PU8o”>people lined up in front of Apple, waiting for the latest, greatest technology.
The other day I wrote about stalkers. Over at TechHive, Leah Yamshon writes about her experience being stalked, with advice from Sam Felsing and Chris Holt. Leah met this man when they worked in the same building, but didn’t really know him. One day, he showed up at her current place of employment. This man knew all kinds of personal details about Leah, such as information about her recent visit to Long Beach. He found out all this information from social media, even though he wasn’t a friend on Facebook, or any other site.
Luckily for Leah, it turns out that he was hired by fellow employees at TechHive to prove how easy it is to get information on someone, and stalk them. He had been given a first and last name, and a personal email address. Read “What I shared with my stalkers on social networks” to find out how much he learned about Leah.
We’ve provided a lot of information on how to protect yourself from identity theft. Forbes.com shares an intriguing and informative story in an article, “How To Protect Yourself From PayPal Identity Theft”
Writer Kai Petainen was the victim of a PayPal identity theft, because he used his cellphone to pay for some purchases with PayPal. A hacker was able to obtain his PayPal username and password, and later went to a Home Depot and purchased almost $8000 worth of gift certificates through Kai’s PayPal account.
The hacker used a cellphone and configured it to use Kai’s PayPal,
then created a PayPal mobile PIN and signed up for Home Depot’s in-store checkout.
If you use PayPal, you know that it also links to your bank account or credit card. Kai was very pleased with the way that PayPal handled this situation. PayPal also provided Kai with tips on how to prevent this from happening, which he shares in his article.
All those people lining up this morning to purchase the new iPhone5 probably aren’t thinking about security. The other day, I wrote that security experts are predicting a major hack of smartphones. According to an article on ExtremeTech, hackers are already diligently at work figuring out how to break the new iPhone. Apple’s latest works on an iCloud platform, and IT experts say that the cloud is one of the biggest tech security concerns.
Now for something different:
Sometimes a private investigator can step in and help you and your family when there is nowhere else to turn. No matter what your situation, the investigative team at Sheer Investigations is always willing to listen and advise you on what route to take.
Private investigators all over the world are helping people to obtain justice. Here are two examples:
In Mississauga, a city near Toronto, Ontario, a grieving family hired a private investigator after a roadside memorial to their dead son had been repeatedly vandalized. Tony Jasinski’s son, Thomas was killed in a car accident in 2009. They kept a memorial at the site of the accident. The P.I., Matthew Romanik, caught the perpetrator on video ripping down flowers and a cross, as well as removing candles and an angel. The investigator handed the evidence over to local law enforcement. Since the Ontario Ministry of Transportation owns the property located beside the highway, it is not known whether charges will be laid, but the family has some closure now.
In Costa Rica, Athena DeMarsh hired a private investigator after the father of her two year old son kidnapped the boy. This scumbag demanded a $90,000 sports car to return her son. The police had not been able to help DeMarsh. The investigator set up a sting by borrowing a new Jaguar from a client. When the kidnapper showed up in a mall parking lot to trade his own son for the car, the investigator made him hand over the child to the mother. He gave this guy a fake set of keys and paperwork, and while this was happening, another investigator drove away in the Jag.
These are five reasons to keep your eye on the news. Stay informed and stay safe, at home, on the road, and online!
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