If you are a part of Borders Rewards loyalty program you may or may not have heard of the recent security breach that took place in April. Apparently, according to the Detroit News (click here to read actual article), “names and email addresses of some costumers appear on a public website.” Needless to say there were many customers skeptical and maybe even outraged by this security breach.
A local source said that “though this breach is was minor, a major investigation was and is conducted to make sure that other costumers will be protected.” A reliable source also said that only “150 customers were affected by this problem.” Though this number is minute on a large customer sale, this still would concern me as if you think about it, 150 people were violated. Anyone could have gotten hold of this information putting identities even at risk.
Borders will be going to great lengths to make sure their security is much stronger than in previous days.
Are you a part of the Borders Rewards program? Did you receive a notification that your information was made public by a security breach? Maybe you didn’t know about this situation and may consider opting out of the program. Either way, please share with us your thoughts and feelings on this subject.
Source: Detroit News
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Online users are looking forward to the Do Not Track policy that will allow them to opt out of online tracking. In fact, recent polls show that 90% of online users are in favor of the policy and as many as 80% of people would use the feature. The Do Not Track policy is fairly simple and is included in new browsers such as Google and Microsoft Explorer. All users have to do is click a simple box and their online use will not be tracked.
Surely, this sounds like a fair and simple solution, especially writing in the favor of an online user. While I don’t mind having my browsing history tracked, it can be quite unsettling to see just how much my computer knows about me, including who I most send emails to, who’s photos I’m wrangling through on Facebook, and what type of music gets me moving.
But if you’re not an online user and one of the big corps at Google, Facebook or Yahoo; these guys are fighting back, saying that the Do Not Track policy will bring about many negative changes. The arguments? Well, here are just a few:
- With users opting out of online tracking, they will be more at risk to security threats.
- Consumers will miss out of rich content that matches their particular needs and interests.
- Web content is free because of advertisements, and without online tracking info that is sold to these third parties, web content will no longer be free.
- The new bill will be costly and labor intensive to regulate and enforce.
- Some companies will adhere to the Do Not Track policy, while others won’t, causing some companies to take advantage.
At first glance, it may seem that Facebook and Google have some good arguments. Yet those in favor of the Do Not Track policy have even better arguments. Online privacy advocates are in support of using online advertisements, but without delving into the online histories of users.
For example, consider the TV industry that makes billions of dollars off commercial advertisements and is able to track popular TV shows without tracking individual viewers. With this approach in mind for online content, online advertisers would be able to bring in revenue and would have more versatility. Instead of just having ads relevant to your browsing history, all things would be advertised to you.
Online privacy will continue to be a controversial issue and only time will tell if the Do Not Track policy will be an effective means for protecting online usage.
There’s no way you can get around cleaning your home, but using harsh cleaners isn’t necessary. We’ll show you how to build the perfect green cleaning kit that will scrub your home from top to bottom! Best of all, making your own cleaning products costs much less than buying them in the store, and you can add your own scents using essential oils.
1/2 tsp. liquid detergent
3 tbsp. vinegar
2 cups water
Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake it up.
1 cup baking soda
squirt of liquid detergent
Sprinkle water on the oven and pour baking soda over the top. Sprinkle more water on top of the baking soda. Let it sit overnight so that the grime loosens and can be wiped clean in the morning. Use the liquid detergent to wash off the rest of the residue.
1/2 tsp washing soda
squirt of liquid soap
2 cups hot water
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle and shake it up until the washing soda has dissolved.
1/2 tsp olive oil
1/4 cup vinegar
Mix the ingredients in a glass jar and store in a cool place. Dip a rag in for use.
2 tsp tea tree oil
2 cups water
Mix ingredients in a spray bottle, shake and spray on mold.
straight vinegar (kills 82% of mold)