End the Lie

Thought-provoking evidence showing the need to protect your identity

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By Brandon Jackson

Contributing writer for End the Lie

YouTube recently featured a viral video (see below) of a clairvoyant named Dave who has a tent set up in Brussels, Belgium. Dave asks people walking through the square if they would like to meet with a mind reader — himself — and they agree. Many are blown away at how much Dave knows about their homes, what they do, and how much money they have in their bank account. Scariest of all, he knows people’s bank card numbers.

They are sold on the fact that he must be the best mind reader in the world until a curtain in the tent falls and reveals that a room full of hackers in masks were feeding Dave private information about the participants. When the participants saw how Dave was receiving the information, they were shocked and disturbed. Beside the hackers, there was a screen that read “be vigilant,” advising the participants to protect their valuable information.

Where to Look for Security

This viral video from the Belgium bank Febelfin was intended to inform and scare viewers into protecting their finances and personal information, because their lives are online and easily accessible. To protect yourself from identity theft and fraud, look into protection. If you’re not sure which security company to go with, many advertise and promote their packages and offers on social media sites, such as Lifelock.com on Twitter. Social media is a good place to start because users who have experience with certain companies offer reviews of the service they received.

Participants were amused with the mind reader, but not as much when they knew how the information was revealed. The commercial illustrates that identity theft can happen to anyone, so it’s important to remain in charge of your files and personal information at all times. If you want to find identity theft protection suited for you, make sure the company’s team is monitoring your information, bank accounts and online statuses. They will be the first to know if you are the victim of an identity-theft-related crime and will notify you to take further action.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

This video comes at a time when the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is celebrating its ninth annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month, as it does every October, which educates users about levels of security online and how they can protect their information. The first event to kick off the month of conferences will be at University of Nebraska’s Omaha Scott Conference Center and will outline the importance of cyber security for people and businesses.

Panel discussion participants from cyber industries like ADP, Visa, Microsoft, PayPal and McAfee will explain to business owners and users why increasing their modes of cyber security and that understanding protection tools is increasingly important. Panel discussions during the conference will be streamed live from Facebook. The NCSA hopes the conferences and discussions highlighting cyber security and its tools will encourage users and businesses to take the proper measures to protect their most vital information.

Brandon holds a degree in business communication and works in the insurance industry. He lives in the Rocky Mountain area with his wife, Dawn, and their three children.

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