Do you recall hearing “there are no free sandwiches?” Well, this is very true and it’s important to keep an ear to the ground when you get these awe inspiring free-this and free-that offers.
Just this morning, I saw and responded to an internet ad about a free crypto card available by downloading the app. Curiosity nearly killed the cat! After the download I carefully read their terms and conditions and rapidly deleted the download without opening it. Better safe than sorry. They requested access and free use of all the features and information contained in my smartphone and maybe even all my other devices, since they are interconnected. My free crypto card would give them authorized access to you and anyone in contact with me.
Speak of giving the house away. Friends and family would be at their disposal. My buying habits. My reading habits. What articles I save. Which emails do I delete without opening. Credit card numbers. Bank account numbers. Keep your free crypto creepy card, Mister. This kind of embracing and stealing of data should and could be considered criminal intent.
There was an interesting article this morning about how Robinhood app had 7 million accounts hacked during recent weeks. It was mostly people’s names and email accounts. Social Security numbers and other valuable information was safe, yet the hackers did get in and did retrieve a 7 million client list focused on investing. This mailing list is a gem.
It’s important to become aware that additional security can be purchased to protect your accounts, your information and your identity. Some cyber-security companies offer one million dollar insurance to cover the expenses and losses of being hacked. They cost around $200 /year, which sounds reasonable considering all the big hacks taking place on a daily basis.
Personally, I’m considering placing all these non essential and info hungry applications in a separate electronic device that cannot connect to my main data. This would allow me to downloaded and kept the free crypto card application while in exchange giving them access to nothing worthy which the can steal without damaging me.
In the end, we are all being sucked up by Big Brother, but we can at least read the fine-print and hold on to whatever we can. Thanks for reading.
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