“It is nice to have valid competition; it pushes you to do better.” – Gianni Versace
“I’ve accumulated so much trivial, contradictory or incorrect information on the internet that I’m confused…I can’t tell whether I know everything about nothing or nothing about everything!” – Chip Sansom, The Born Loser cartoonist
A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia. – Unknown
“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.” – Mark Twain
This afternoon I came across a very interesting site. It is Instant Checkmate’s Standard Report. I suppose I knew about sites like this, but hadn’t actually seen one, so I opened it. I was astonished.
For a one month charge of $22.66 I could learn my birth date, all the phone numbers I ever had, addresses where I have lived, who I was related to, arrest records, court records, government license information, email addresses, contacts for long lost friends or relatives, local police records, State police records, social media summary, online profiles, possible relatives, State records, relative sectors, and probably more that I haven’t listed. I was shocked. I suppose I shouldn’t be. In today’s world of instant information, it should be obvious that there is no place to hide.
I was tempted to purchase the one month set of records, but I have lived a relatively chaste existence, one marriage ending in my husband’s death 44 years ago, three now adult children, and a few different homes and jobs. I am not sure I want to spend the money to get information I already have. I have no police record, and one vehicle ticket many years ago. I know where I have lived, all my email addresses, and more, but I am still curious. I think I might like to know what happened to some of the people in my past.
I imagine that I could get information on some of those people listed in my report, but I really don’t want to know all of the details that I might find. In any case, it was an interesting site and something I wanted to pass on to you. You can see for yourself with just your name, your State and $22.66.
Instant Checkmate’s Standard Report contains, where available, a person’s date of birth, phone numbers, address history, related persons, arrest records, court records, government license information, social media profiles including email addresses, and nearby sex offenders. A subscription with Instant Checkmate allows you to obtain unlimited Standard Reports about persons during your subscription period. After subscribing, you will also have the opportunity to upgrade your Standard Report to a Premium Report, which will supply additional and supplemental data about a person, for $19.99.
Pisces is very charming, inspirational and mystical, also similar to the beautiful creek of which artists paint pictures. The Pisces personality is very hard to pin down. Pisces are compassionate, adaptable, accepting, devoted and imaginative, but also very mysterious and elusive. Pisces is the most spiritual and most sensitive of all the zodiac signs. Pisces colors are marine tones- purple, violet, amethyst, sea-green, turquoise.
Here’s another little bit of useless information that I found interesting. It is the loss of surnames. You probably don’t ever think about this, but it was in an article sent to me years ago by a fellow genealogy friend and I thought it was worth passing on.
Your surname may not last through time.
Only 20% of the surnames in use exist after 13 generations. Ninety percent of all family names from the 1700s are now exterminated. Each time two persons married a surname was lost. This happened more often when families had many children. In 1874, the Social Security Dept. had 1,286,556 different surnames on file, of which 448,663 were single occurrences. I wonder what that number is today.
I have been a casual follower of Astrology for as long as I can remember. I learned early in life that I was a Libra and investigated the characteristics of that sign as I grew up. I liked what I found. It seemed to fit my thoughts, feelings and actions. I now had a reason for my behavior. I could blame my activities on something other than just “I felt like it.”
As I grew older I researched the Zodiak signs of my friends and family . What a revelation! “So that is why she did that.” Lots of things made sense instead of confusion. I accepted my friends for who they were. Their personalities were bound, in some ways, by their astrological sign.
It also made sense to me when it came to the friends I was attracted to, or others who “turned me off”.
My blog requires that I investigate the 12 signs and their features each month. I enjoy the research. I do not seek out the signs of my current friends. I take them as they are, but sometimes I wonder why they do what they do, or don’t do.
This month’s sign is Sagittarius and I found it fascinating. I don’t know if any of my friends were born under this sign and I don’t care. It’s not a factor in the friendship.
Maybe you will find the characteristics of your sign in my blog during the year. I hope that you will enjoy the jewelry I have chosen from my collection that is right for your sign. Who knows, you might become curious about the sign you were born under and want to know more. Your computer is filled with Zodiak information. Have fun with it. But don’t take it too seriously.
Education is the best protection against computer infection.
My very talented daughter, Circe, has just created a handy book in which you can keep your computer site passwords. The title is “ Keys to the Door” and there are 2 sizes. One is letter size, 8-1/2”x11” and the other is 6”x9” titled “Handy Keys to the Door”. Both books contain the same information and are easy to use and keep safe.
These books were created as a companion to those who understand the importance of computer security. 17 pages in the larger book have several lines and spaces for the date, e-mail or website, user name and password. She recommends you write in pencil so changes can be made easily. Spaces are also available in which to write the answers to your security questions.
The book she gave me is beginning to be filled up. I can now dispose of the bits of paper and scribbled notes I can hardly read, much less find, and locate my password book in seconds. I entered my passwords alphabetically so it is easy to find the site I want. I put 2 letters, more or less, on each page. If you prefer you could enter yours by subject matter. The choice is up to you.
Circe is well qualified to produce these books. She is an experienced computer security advocate as well as a speaker on this subject and other computer information. Her membership in Toastmasters allows her to educate her audience on many subjects. Her speaking biography can be seen on the Qualified Speakers of District 52, Toastmasters website: http://district 52speakersbureau.com/qualified-speakers-of-district-52/. The website for her computer security information is http://malwaretruth.com.
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Just when you thought you’d heard it all . . . .
This scam is actually very clever. This one could easily slip by most anyone – beware of people bearing gifts. The following is a recounting of the incident from the victim:
Wednesday a week ago, I had a phone call from someone saying that he was from some outfit called: “Express Couriers,”(The name could have been anything) he asked if I was going to be home because there was a package delivery for me that required a signature . The caller said that the delivery would arrive at my home in roughly an hour, and sure enough, about an hour later, a uniformed delivery man turned up with a beautiful basket of flowers and wine.
I was very surprised since it did not involve any special occasion or holiday, and I certainly didn’t expect anything like it. Intrigued about who had sent me such a gift, I inquired as to who the sender was. The deliveryman’s reply was, he was only delivering the gift package, but allegedly a card was being sent separately… (the card has never arrived!)
There was also a consignment note with the gift. He then went on to explain that because the gift contained alcohol, there was a $3.50 “delivery verification charge,” providing proof that he had actually delivered the package to an adult of legal drinking age, and not just left it on the doorstep where it could be stolen or taken by anyone, especially a minor.
This sounded logical and I offered to pay him cash. He then said that the delivery company required payment to be by credit or debit card only, so that everything is properly accounted for, and this would keep help in keeping a legal record of the transaction. He added couriers not needing to carry a bunch of cash, would make them less likely targets for robbery.
My husband, who by this time was standing beside me, pulled his wallet out of his pocket with the credit/debit card, and ‘John,’ the “delivery man,” asked my husband to swipe his card on a small mobile card machine. It had a small screen and keypad where Frank was also asked to enter the card’s PIN and security number. A receipt was printed out and given to us as our copy of the transaction. He then said everything was in order, and wished us good day.
To our horrible surprise, between Thursday and the following Monday, $4,000 had been charged/withdrawn from our credit/debit account at various ATM machines. It appeared that somehow the “mobile credit card machine,” which the deliveryman carried now had all the info necessary to create a “dummy” card with all our card details after my husband swiped our card and entered the requested PIN and security number.
Upon finding out about the illegal transactions on our card, we immediately notified the bank which issued us a new card, and our credit/debit account was closed.
We also personally went to the Police, where it was confirmed that it is definitely a scam because several households had been similarly hit.
WARNING: Be wary of accepting any “surprise gift or package,” which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package.
Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.
Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction! Pass this on, it may just prevent someone else from being swindled.