Our Lives Have Changed Forever

The Internet changed the way we live, learn, communicate, do business, even meet our spouses… forever.

We share and gain so much.  For example 72% of all Internet users have a profile on at least one social networking site.

What do we give up in return?

We certainly lose privacy.

There are safety concerns.

Every human advance gets weaponized in some way.  The internet is no exception.

According to one study, every second, 18 people become victims of a cybercrime, ranging from social network profile theft and spreading viruses to stealing money from bank accounts and child pornography.

Plus the internet can spread misinformation and speed up the creation of panic… make the stock market fall.  Currencies can crash faster.

Internet can become an addiction so we ignore other important parts f our lives.

The gaming industry, like tobacco and alcohol companies have discovered profitability in addiction.

Many studies confirm it.  One study found that 7% of Chinese students (elementary and high school) suffer from internet addiction. Surveys in the United States and Europe suggest Internet addiction rates can reach 8.2% of the population.  Research in Britain unveiled that 18% of all surveyed students could be considered pathological users who have problems in their functioning.

The benefits of the internet outnumber the bad effects, but our internet risks should not be ignored.


One Man – Millions Ruined

Forget nuclear threats.  No one will do it.  Mad (mutual assured destruction) still works.

Plus building an A bomb is a lot of work.

Hacking is much better.  The damage is formidable.

Even one man can do a lot towards bringing a nation down.

Russian involvement in America’s election was bad enough.

Yet they have done so much more.  The Wall Street Journal article “Russian Hackers Stole NSA Data on U.S. Cyber Defense” (1) says “The breach, considered the most serious in years, could enable Russia to evade NSA surveillance and more easily infiltrate U.S. networks.”

The Russians are not the worst worry either.

We have enough security worries from the US alone.

Look at the damage that one single person can do!

Recently the Federal Reserve Bank sent me a letter saying that a Fed employee had stolen data about customers of numerous banks including ours… and including Merri’s and my accounts.   They gave me two years of free credit security.

One person, one 500 gigabyte flash drive and your life and millions of others can be ruined.

Once that data is out there who knows what those who have access to it will do… to you and to me?

One Fed employee isn’t the only sad story.

Equifax claims that a single mistake, by just one employee, exposed sensitive personal information of nearly 146 million Americans.

In the same month, Yahoo admitted that a 2013 hack affected all three billion of its accounts. (2)

Everyone it seems… from a single person to entire nations… want their hands in your pockets.

Their pen on your checkbook..

Their eyes in your room.

Which nations?

We have heard plenty about Russia, but China with more than half of its 1.4 billion people online, has a slew of cyberspies and hackers.

In 1999 Chinese hackers planted messages denouncing “NATO’s brutal action” on several U.S. government websites.  Two years later Chinese hackers defaced thousands of U.S.-based websites, including the White House site.

Then they went quiet, so one wonders what they are silently up to.   If they can get in the White House web sites… what else can they do… to me and to you?

Then there is North Korea.  While they talk big about A-bombs and ICBMs, they have quietly been stealing bitcoins.  There have been three attacks against South Korean cryptocurrency exchanges in just the last few months.  The hackers go after cryptocurrency exchanges, swap them into other, more anonymous cryptocurrencies — or move them elsewhere and eventually withdraw them in traditional currencies.

They go after traditional banks as well.

North Korea is linked to attacks on banks in 18 countries including Bangladesh, Ecuador, the Philippines, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Malaysia, Nigeria, Poland, Taiwan, Thailand, and Uruguay.   One of their cyberheists on Bangladesh’s Central Bank netted them tens of millions of dollars.

If they can steal from central banks… what chance do our individual accounts have?

Getting their hands on our money isn’t all.

Hackers, individuals and governments, are after control of our electricity grids, our subways and smartphones.

They can influence us… disrupt, divide and even bring an entire nation to a standstill.

No gas.

Nor cell phones.

The lights go out.

Food and water in stores is… gone.

No radio.  No internet… no TV.

What can we do?

Sadly, when it comes to protecting our money, our privacy and ways of life that involve the internet… there is not much we can do.

There is a way, however, to take advantage of modern technology but still have a safe lifestyle as well.

Become a Pruppie.

See below, how to gain a better,  higher income, but with a safe and low stress life.


(1) www.wsj.com: Russian hackers stole NSA data

(2) finance.yahoo.com: 2013 hack hit 3 billion Yahoo accounts

(3)  money.cnn.com: North Korea hackers take bitcoin


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