The Real Cost Is Your Data

I’ve personally never used Door Dash or any other food delivery service mainly because I don’t want to pay extra for my food. In fact I think the resturant should give me a discount for going to the store and picking it up myself. Did you know they pay 30% of the meal price to the delivery service?

DoorDash hack leaks data of 4.9 million customers, restaurants

I’m not concerned about my data because I’m not one of those 4.9 million customers, but you may be.

I can see some valid cases for using a delivery service, but for the most part I see it as being designed for lazy people. I was at a meeting recently and saw a person order fast food and have it delivered. Now keep in mind this person just drove there just like me. It’s common for people to bring food to this meeting as it’s around dinnner time. I usually stop along the way and pick up something. This person could have stopped and got out of the car and brought the food to the meeting and honestly the effort of getting out of the car and walking would not hurt their obesity issue. Needless to say, he ordered his food and paid even more money to get it delivered and maybe even had the delivery person take a little taste.

Choose The Less Convenient Option

Almost all of the problems you face with data security come as a result of choosing convenience over privacy and security. My recommendation is stop using any online service that you don’t absolutely need because your data will be leaked or stolen at some point. I’ve recently deleted my facebook and other social media accounts and recommend you do the same. I’m also using more FREE Software and encourage you to learn more about the GNU FREE Software options that are available. I started a new website called A GNU Way Of Thinking to teach people about GNU Software. If you need help reach feel free to contact me.

Are your Passwords out on the Dark Web?

Your passwords are most likely out on the Dark Web and you don’t even know it. Because of my identity theft protection I got an alert this morning telling me that my email password has been found out on the Dark Web.  If you would like to start protecting your passwords and identity from hackers and criminals schedule a time to chat with me

Medical Identity Theft Is On The Rise

Everyone thinks, why would someone want to steal my Identity because my credit is lousy or I have no money.
Cyber Criminals don’t care about how much money you have or how good your credit is. They will steal anyone’s ID and information. They hack into places that have lots of information like stores, hospitals and government databases. They don’t personally target you. They will steal the information and sell it on the black market to the highest bidder. This information is then used to create fake identities that are used to get medical care, submit fake tax returns, obtain credit, and lots of other things.
Security Now w/ Steve Gibson

Stay current with Security Now

One of my favorite shows and the best source for Security & Privacy related issues on the internet is the Security Now show with Steve Gibson and Leo Laporte. There are lots of great shows on Twit so definitely check it out.

They get a little technical sometimes, but it’s a great show to listen to even if you don’t understand it all.

I try to distill the great information they give out there and make it more understandable for the non techie person.

protect your email passwords

Want to get a Yahoo email account? – Yahoo gets hacked!

The second largest email provider Yahoo gets hacked! Are you sure you want to get a yahoo email account? Secure your passwords immediately with LastPass.

Yes, Yahoo, the second largest email service provider in the world has been has been hacked! An estimated 273 million user names and passwords have been stolen.

If you have a Yahoo account change your password immediately. Also anywhere you use that same password or a similar password go change it immediately.

Also, I highly recommend you download and use the LastPass software. See my LastPass software review and you will never worry about being hacked again.

Security attacks are unfortunately becoming a more regular occurrence these days so you must take measures to protect your privacy online.

Here’s what my password looks like, but I don’t have to remember it because LastPass remembers it.


adobe password hack

What are some good passwords? – Don’t ask Adobe!

What are some good passwords? Learn how to create a good computer password so you don’t get hacked and get your identity stolen line 130 million Adobe users.

If you haven’t heard, one of the largest and oldest software companies in the world had their website hacked and 130 million users passwords.

The most common passwords revealed by the hack were “123456,” “123456789,” and “password.” I bet some of you reading this now have used a password as simple as this. Please make me a promise to never use such a simple password.

The best passwords will have a combination of upper and lower case letters, special characters and numbers. A good example would be AeDsre13#a1x. A length of 12 characters is a pretty good level of protection and fairly easy to type and remember.

Better yet check out my review of LastPass to make your life stress free when it comes to password security.

Be Safe,
Wayne Wallace