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Identity theft are you safe?

 

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. An estimated 10 million americans identities are stolen every year. Many people don’t know that identity theft is not just Financial but can also be Criminal, Governmental, and Medical identity theft.
Identity theft occurs when an impostor steals your Personal Identifying Information (PII). Like your social security number, passport, and drivers license. These thieves can obtain your identity in many ways such as stealing your mail, computer viruses, hacking smart phones, stolen wallets, dumpster diving, data breach and more!
With your PII the thief can then open a new credit card or bank account in your name, even take out a loan. Now the thief is able to rack up thousands of dollars in charges, write bad checks leaving you with the bills and creditors to come after you! Legally you don’t owe anything. Proving your innocence however can be very difficult and can take  quite a long time. Meanwhile your credit is now ruined and the thief has spent all your hard earned money. With your identity these thieves can also commit criminal crimes in your name leaving the police to come and arrest you!
To prevent identity theft there are some important steps you can take to protect your identity. Don't carry important documents with you such as your social security card, passport, or birth certificate. Always carefully review your credit card and bank statements each month for suspicious activity. Shred ALL documents with confidential information like old bank statement, receipts also any credit card applications. Don’t open any emails or click on any links from someone you don’t know. Try to never give your personal information out over the phone. When inputting personal information on the internet make sure it is a safe site.
At PMX we strive to protect your PII.

If you have any questions or concerns about your PII call us at 631-828-5585


What Happened to GoDaddy??

 

On Sept 10th millions of GoDaddy customers websites and email accounts went down. GoDaddy apologized for the outage but says they weren't hacked, Anonymous takes credit. Anonymous claims to have taken down the sites by using a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS- is an attempt to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users. Although the means to carry out, motives for, and targets of a DoS attack may vary, it generally consists of the efforts of one or more people to temporarily or indefinitely interrupt or suspend services of a host connected to the internet) and bots. They claim the reason behind the attack was because GoDaddy supports censorship. However GoDaddy is claiming that this is false and that it was an series of internal network events that corrupted router data tables that caused the outage.
So what’s the truth? Is GoDaddy lying? Or is it this Anonymous person? In my opinion I think GoDaddy was hacked and they are too proud to admit it. But what does this mean for our security? Will this Anonymous strike again? One thing is for sure GoDaddy will have to update their system so this doesn't happen again. For more info on this topic and more please visit our blog regularly thanks for reading...

Samsung Forces Bloggers to Promote Their Products or Walk Home

 

According to reports Samsung contracted bloggers from India and flew them to the IFA 2012 conference in Berlin. Two of the bloggers states that they made it clear to Samsung that they were to attend as reporters and did not want to do promotional work for the company. Samsung was ok with that. However a few weeks before the conference Samsung had some odd requests.

One being Samsung asked for the bloggers clothing measurements. Another was when they arrived they were give Samsung shirt s and told that they would be at a Samsung booth for the whole conference promoting Samsung products to the media. A short while after speaking with a PR rep about his problem he received a phone call from Samsung ‘You can either be a part of this and wear the uniform, or you’ll have to get your own tickets back home and handle your hotel stay from the moment this call ends’.

Minutes later he got another call from Samsung saying ‘that our flights on the 6th have been cancelled, and that they’re bringing us back on the 1st instead. But this is only if, and only if, we agreed to wear at least the samsung branded shirt at the unpacked event, and not blog about any of this incident.’ In the end they did go to the Samsung event in the shirts but did not promote any products and did not have more time to see the rest of the events.

Samsung issued a statement on Sept 3 blaming a coordinator from the tech blogger program and said this is all a misunderstanding between Samsung coordinators and the bloggers and that they were not properly briefed on the nature of the Samsung activities at the IFA event.

What a horrible thing to do to people I think Samsung is a terrible company first copying Apple now this.
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Windows 8 Launch

 

Microsoft just might have one up on Apple. The windows 8 launch is set for October and will be the first operating system designed to work on tablets and desktops. It is said to be one of the biggest launches ever costing over $1 billion. Hopefully Microsoft pulls it off successfully otherwise it will be an epic fail like windows 2000 was.

Microsoft is catching up to the cloud which means that licensing is catching up to the cloud. Will microsoft windows 8 tame the wild west? Or will we have to just buy updating software yet again?

Some key features are hidden from view but we do know that microsoft’s home entertainment platform the xbox 360 and soon the xbox 720 will integrate streaming media with the kinect at the driver seat. Controlling your applications with a “flick of the wrist “ though the kinect still needs more improvement before you can really have fun with it to be 100% in my eyes. Its not friendly to small spaces at all and fluorescent lights affect the input.

I also have a feeling that windows 8 as cool as its going to be, hackers and grandma’s will have to use it. So Microsoft good luck with the launch in october see ya then...

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Apple Vs. Samsung

 

In San Jose, California a jury awarded Apple $1.05 billion in damages for Samsung's infringement of trade dress, software and design patents, and willful infringement on five out of six patents. Apple has asked for a U.S. sales ban on some Samsung phones. A hearing is set on september 20th.
What does this mean for consumers? Less choice’s and innovation or more? I think this will lead to manufacturers making more innovative alternatives. Higher prices? If the decision stands Samsung and Android developers will have to pay royalties. Samsung is one of the largest Android manufacturers making this a big win for Apple in their war against Android.
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