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Cool New GPS Tracking Software or Dangerous Orwellian Nightmare?

September 13th, 2009

citysenseSee the photo over there to the left?

That’s a screenshot of the new GPS tracking software by Sense Networks called Citysense.

Basically it’s a program you download and run on your iPhone or Blackberry that gives you a live feed of where to find people around the city with similar backgrounds and interests.

It does this by automatically tracking where everyone goes at certain times of the day and then lumps all the data into a heatmap overlay of the city, instantly allowing you to see where certain kinds of people are likely to be found at certain times of day.

Everyone’s profiles are recorded and tracked by the GPS chips embedded on the mobile devices then logged into a database over the wireless network. After that, finding out where people are right now is as simple as doing a Google search.

And since most people these days wouldn’t be caught dead without their beloved cell phone (seldom turning them off), all the data is crisp and accurate.

Of course the general idea with this software is to help people find hotspots of local activity where they’re most likely to meet people similar to them, and hopefully make some new friends…

…but how easily would it be for someone to take this simple idea… and turn it into a systematic method of hunting down:

1. Political opponents?
Personal enemies?
Rival gangs?
4. Rape victims?
5. Any “undesirable” group of society?

Thankfully right now the software is opt-in only and the personal details are anonymous. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with wanting to make new friends.

But you know how these things go: It’s only a matter of time before the right person gets ahold of the ideas and technology and soon all those anonymous features begin to erode away.

The best time to protect your privacy is NOW, by designing a comfortable lifestyle off the radar without giving up the things you enjoy today. Joe Decameron shows you how in his new course, The Perfect Privacy Solution.

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You Don’t Have To Resort To This For Privacy Protection

August 11th, 2009
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I’ve always loved The Onion for their brilliantly biting sarcasm on every issue from politics to dating.

But I wanted to share this video with you because it drives home a lie you’ve been fed about privacy protection.

A lot of people… ignorant people… have shouted from the rooftops for years that “privacy in America is dead” … but don’t you fall for the rhetoric.

Yes, privacy can be difficult if you don’t know the tricks and sometimes inconvenient – but dead?

No. At least not yet.

And to make matters worse, a lot of business owners and ordinary folks today don’t value their privacy until it’s too late.

Heed my words: The more successful you are in business and in life, the hungrier the eyes watching you from the darkness.

Most of the privacy claptrap out there is rigged by shameless fear mongers, crazies hiding out in some RV in the middle of nowhere, and special interest groups to confuse and overwhelm – leaving you paralyzed not knowing who to trust or what to do.

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2 Underhanded Ways The FBI Spies On You

July 8th, 2009
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fbi-spyThe FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) are the go-to guys for the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for whenever they want to snoop around someone or something in great detail.

They’re basically the head honchos of law enforcement here in the United States – the King of Cops. Their motto is “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity” … though I sometimes doubt that last one.

That’s because during their criminal investigations, ordinary innocents like you and me get caught in the crossfire. Not only is this a serious breach of your privacy, but if they don’t like what they see (and it seems these days that could mean anything)… it could be the beginning of the end for your little enterprise.

There’s a widespread internet surveillance technique the FBI is using right now to collect a steady stream of data on Americans. Every last one of us.

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re doing – the FBI’s got their fingers in your pot of honey. And it’s high time you know what their game is, so you can tilt the scales of justice back in your favor.

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4 Steps To Eliminating Junk Mail

July 2nd, 2009
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junkCutting down on e-mail spam can be as simple as switching to a new e-mail address, using expendable “black hole” e-mail addresses when signing up on websites you don’t completely trust, or making sure your e-mail server is using Spam Assassin or some other whiz-bang spam killer.

But what about your physical home address?

Sure, you can make good use of P.O. boxes, CMRA’s, and even ghost addresses – but those strategies will only divert unwanted junk mail away from your main location. They won’t solve the large issue of getting the stuff in the first place.

That’s not to say I’m anti-direct mail. I’m not. In fact I like the pleasant surprise of getting an offer in the mail from time to time for something I’m interested in that I never would’ve known existed otherwise. And using targeted direct mail for your own business is just smart commerce.

But they keyword here is TARGETED. That means it’s something you’re going to be hot for the product before you even open the envelope. The problem is, most marketers don’t know the meaning of the word, and that’s why we’re harassed every day with a glut of “pre-approved” credit card offers and a slew of miscellaneous crap.

So here are 4 easy steps you can take to cut down on unwanted junk mail by at least 90%

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12 Steps To Remove Your Name & Address From The Internet

July 1st, 2009
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eraseArmed only with your name, or address, or phone number it’s simple for anyone to do a few internet searches to discover your full legal name, full birth date, info on family members, and a complete history of everywhere you’ve lived.

Protecting your privacy from the likes of top-notch private investigators and government officials is an art and a science. Though it can be comforting to have, most people do not need this level of protection.

Social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace have privacy controls, allowing you to choose which people on your friends list can see more intimate details like your address and phone number. And most other types of online profiles also let you cherry pick what information to share.

Personally I don’t think it’s wise to post much, if any, personal details to these sites and if you’re really serious you shouldn’t even have accounts there at all. I deleted mine over a year ago. For keeping in touch with friends, I’ll take e-mail or good ol’ fashioned face-to-face any day.

But these sites aren’t what you should worry about anyway. You could delete all your online profiles today, and there would STILL be mountains of data on you lurking around everywhere.

Because most often, the security breaches in your everyday life come from the sources you’d least expect.

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