Thursday, January 29, 2015

"Instant Checkmate" is more than an opening trap in chess


AOL News is informing its subscribers of another site that allows one to check up on potential dates, employees, etc.  It’s call “Instant CheckMate”.   The AOL article seems accessible only to AOL subscribers, but the actual site is here (it makes you agree to a disclaimer) is here. Again, this is an amalgamation of public records.  
      
I would suspect that if you use the site, you can expect the target to know about it if he or she also subscribes. 
   
It is pretty obvious that this kind of facility can be horribly abused.
  
Many communities put their real estate records online, which could be accessed for wrongful intentions. 
  
The illustration shows, White can be checkmated in two moves.  It actually takes White three moves to confer the shortest possible mate. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"Been Verified" lets anyone look up anyone else's public records, but it's really a two-way street



I got a tweet promoting "Been Verified", as a replacement for search engines.  I went ahead and signed up for a few months, just to see what is out there on myself.  The service shows all data from public records (and that means where you live and home number) and claims to show social media, but that's only Facebook and LinkedIn, no mention of blogger, twitter, or personal sites.

Much of the information is also on a credit report, but you have to be a lender or employer or legitimate member to order a report.  Yes, people will use this service to check out prospective dates.  Or for dangerous purposes, maybe.  But the information is out there anyway.  There is no privacy anyway.

The service will also tell you, by email, if anyone orders a report on you, which is a good thing to know,

No, I don't include to "check up on people" out of curiosity.  Have no concerns.  Unless I tell you myself, I won't run this on "you".  The TOS says you can't use it for employment decisions, just "personal".

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Hackers can now lift fingerprints from high resolution photos


Hackers can now lift fingerprints from photos of people, if the photos have enough resolution, and then these to break into certain iPhones or workstations secured by biometrics, at least fingerprint technology.  A story on Fox DC by Sarah Simmons explains here
     
It sounds rather hard to believe, but the “proof of concept” has already happened in Germany.

  

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

IRS, news media warn of phony tax collection phone calls and phishing attacks


The IRS has reported an aggressive phone scam where criminals call individuals and try to collect supposed tax debts from them.  Livingston Daily Press (MI) has a typical story here.  The IRS does call people sometimes, but not until numerous contacts by US Mail.  There isn’t much question that phishing attacks mimicking the IRS also occur. 
   
The IRS has a fact sheet listing five ways to identify fraudulent calls, here
     
ABC affiliate WJLA in Washington DC reported on this matter Wednesday.