K-Y-M-O

Other People’s Stuff

 

It’s pretty obvious to me that things just aren’t what they used to be. I know that as I get older I’m tending to be less tolerant of the endless examples of annoying behavior exhibited by people I encounter daily. Is it because I am mirroring the stereotypical curmudgeonly traits of advanced retirement, or is there just more annoying behavior to get under my skin?

One thing I know for sure is that there is an expanding wave of utter disrespect for the sanctity of Other People’s Stuff. As a child, I can’t count the number of times I was told “That’s not yours, don’t touch that!” or “Leave other people’s stuff alone.”

Apparently, today, that axiom has faded from our society. I see it in small ways, like yesterday at the Costco, when a flock of children shopping with their unconcerned elders chanced upon a sectional couch on display. Immediately, one of the younger kids ran up, climbed over the back of the couch and flipped herself lengthwise onto the cushions. Of course, two of the others followed suit. The first one, jumped up and ran along the curved cushions of the sectional chased by the other and climbed up on and jumped off the arm of the recliner at the far end. Of course, this was accompanied by peals of laughter and shrieking joy. What was not in evidence was even the slightest sign of disapproval from their parents.

Somehow, the boundaries between what is mine and what is public have not just become blurred, they have disappeared. Or perhaps more accurately, they still exist, it’s just that no one respects them anymore. Handbill distributors think it’s perfectly OK to trudge across my landscaping, so they can hang their detritus off my front door knob. One recently walked past, inches from a bedroom window, on his way from my front door to my neighbor’s instead of taking the long way, down the sidewalk to the street. Recently, two young bucks took the liberty of walking up my long driveway and carefully examining the windshields of my parked cars in the hopes that they could ring my doorbell and sell me a windshield repair. Alerted by my security cameras, I watched them lean over the fenders, walk around each car, and give it scrutiny. For all I know, they were looking for an unlocked door. When I confronted them, they were actually surprised that I was upset. When I found out that, additionally, they didn’t even have a proper solicitation permit, I had the sheriff escort them out of town. What ever happened to “private property?”

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My Response to EQUIFAX Email

Updated with reply from Equifax below  – 3/8/18

 

Yesterday, I received an email form Equifax, the company that leaked sensitive “personally identifiable” information about 143 or more MILLION American consumers into the wild. The email was written in a chatty “personal” style and was purportedly from “Nancy B.” an Equifax employee, giving advice on things to do to keep my credit secure when “life gets Busy.” I would have included Nancy’s picture in this post, but, of course, their email is copyrighted.

Thanks, Nancy, but if you really cared, how come the return email address is “no-reply@trustedID.com”? More platitudes and a picture of a comely woman in the header to make it feel all wonderful and comfortable. Well, giving me advice on how you keep your credit secure, Nancy, is really nice, but woefully empty.

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143 Million More Victims Join The Ranks

September 2017

Updated 2/25/2018 – I responded to an Equifax “fluff” email. I suggest you do too. Read it HERE please.

Updated 9/28/2017 – New developments added at end of this article.

Updated 9/29/2017 – More things to worry about and how to protect yourself from them regarding your TAXES. New info 2/25/18.

This is the longest article I have ever written for this blog – I apologize that it’s not exciting and full of cool pictures. It’s dry, potentially boring, and really important information for you to know. Please read it.

Equifax spilled the beans. I mean, ALL the beans. One Hundred and Forty-Three Million pots of beans. YOUR beans to be exact.

By now, news articles about big data companies being hacked are unnervingly common, but Equifax? One of the “Big Three” credit monitoring institutions in the world left the gate open. What’s worse, is that they had the opportunity to lock the gate months before someone walked in and just helped themselves to YOUR personal, private, critical, personally identifying information. They were warned that their systems were vulnerable, notified that a patch was available, and just stood by and did nothing.

Then, they waited months before telling 143 Million potential victims that their data was “in the wild,” and watching their stock value plummet from $142 to $95. Months, during which some of their corporate executives dumped $1.8 Million worth of their personal Equifax holdings. But, they say they weren’t aware of the data breach when they sold. And, I trust them! Don’t you?

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