Goths are middle class according to a Sussex University study and are likely to end up as lawyers, doctors or architects. They are also likely to carry on dressing in a Gothic fashion and retain an interest in literature and art in adult life. Despite my teenage foray into Gothdom (the land that fashion forgot) I am neither a lawyer, doctor nor an architect; what happened? Perhaps it’s because I was never brave enough to get tattoos or piercings, or dye my hair.
Now our caring government has inadvertently shared the names, addresses, birth dates and bank account details of all the 25 million people in this country who have children with potential fraudsters and criminals (aren’t you amazed they could fit all that on two CD-Roms?), we are going to have to be a bit more vigilant about our security online. Eek.
First of all, there’s Facebook, which I like but gives potential fraudsters access to our birthdates, phone numbers, addresses and anything else we are trusting enough to post online: especially if we don’t take care with our privacy settings. Check out this link for a quick Facebook detox.
Hmm. Makes you think twice about ID cards, doesn’t it?
I was feeling quite smug, having been reasonably cautious about Facebook, but then read a scary blog post about Tagged. I signed up for this because a friend sent me an invite, but got nervous at the bit where it asked me for my gmail and hotmail account passwords (I’d already given those to Facebook … oops. I won’t do that again. Not really worth it to contact people you already know). This turned out to be lucky because it apparently then spams people on your email contacts list.. forever. So my own friends have had a lucky escape, but it hasn’t stopped Tagged from spamming me with friend requests from teenage boys. I’ve now cancelled my account and unsubscribed, so am hoping that will be it.
My online bank account is so hard to get into that I’ve now given up, and returned to the unopened envelope system (stick it on the pile, and hope it goes away!), so here’s hoping any potential thieves feel the same way. But the best way to find out about fraud is to read your bank statements. So ignorance is no longer bliss.
This struck a chord with me, as my life is governed by undone To-Do Lists, which have been annoying me now since I did my first To-Do List probably aged about sixteen. Mine are exceptionally dull, however, compared to some of the To-Do Lists on here. Only in America, I have to say, would they have a To Do List Slam. The mind boggles.
I’m kicking off this blog with a very geeky post, basically to recommend Scriptlance for people looking for programmers (for applications, websites etc) worldwide. It’s pretty idiot proof, you set up an account as a webmaster, post a project and the programmers bid for the work. You have to exercise caution, just as you would choosing someone to work for you in the UK – check that you like their designs first! But I’ve found some of the people on here have a very “can do” attitude and are very professional.