Identity Theft Expert Speaker Robert Siciliano

 
 

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ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of www.IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His “tell it like it is” style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment’s notice on breaking news. His goal is simple – to wake up and empower people across Main Street USA so they can avoid becoming victims of crime. His personal security and identity theft expertise are assets to any program or organization that demands straight talk, common sense, and potentially life and property saving results right now. Whether he is speaking on camera, to a reporter, or sharing his identity theft and width="288"personal security stories and tips as a keynote speaker or workshop leader, Siciliano’s direct and to-the-point tone of voice can be counted on to raise hackles, capture attention, and – most importantly – inspire and empower action. He wants people everywhere to do the right things to keep family, data, and property safe. Audience members describe his credible, from-the-trenches advice as life-changing and life saving. Siciliano’s media credentials include hard hitting and provocative contributions to The Today Show, CBS Early Show, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox News, Inside Edition, EXTRA, Tyra Banks, Sally Jessie, Montel, Maury, Howard Stern, USA Today, Forbes, BusinessWeek, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Consumer Digest, Smart Money, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many more. In addition to his role as a frequently quoted television news correspondent, Siciliano is the author of “The Safety Minute:” Living on High Alert – How to Take Control of Your Personal Security and Prevent Fraud.” Chief Executive Officers, Chief Information Officers, and Boards of Directors from leading corporations such as McAfee Anti-Virus, Intelius, ADT and Uni-Ball Corporation rely upon Siciliano’s insights, perspectives, and guidance to bring additional fire power and protections to their system and customer security initiatives. Each day, Siciliano consumes at least three hours of media. He subscribes to over 500 RSS feeds, and he monitors over 100 Google Alerts to stay up to speed and in the know about all matters relating to personal and information security. “I’m always on top of what is new and ahead of what is next with respect to all things personal security,” Siciliano says. Along his 29-year career path, he’s studied martial arts, self defense, human behavior, white collar crime, cyber crime, and identity theft. He’s even worked as a bar room bouncer and a personal body guard. His lifelong and personal interest in these subjects is an asset to those who engage and benefit from his expertise. Security is a wide and deep topic. Security is personal, physical and informational. Robert discusses all aspects of security as they relate to violence and fraud prevention in both the physical and virtual worlds. He can show you how to keep home invaders from assaulting you and taking your family hostage or keeping criminal hackers from accessing your network and downloading client data. He provides topical, timely and cutting edge programs your group needs and wants. Each program is developed based on the consensus of the group and can be customized to your exact specifications.

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  • Twitter Crime on the Rise

     

    Twitter is now beginning to see a substantial rise in active users. A recent report
    found that the percentage of Twitter users who have tweeted ten or more
    times, have more than ten followers, and follow more than ten people
    rose from 21% to 29% in the first half of 2010.


    Spammers, scammers, and thieves are paying attention.


    In the physical world, when communities become larger and more
    densely populated, crime rises. This also applies to online communities,
    like Twitter and Facebook.


    Twitter’s “direct messages” and “mention” functions are laden with
    spam, often prompting users to click various links. Why anyone would
    want me to “Take a Good Look at Hypnotherapy” is beyond me, but someone
    must be buying because the spam keeps coming.


    Common Twitter scams include:


    Hijacked Accounts: Numerous Twitter (and Facebook)
    accounts, including those of President Obama, Britney Spears, Fox News
    and others have been taken over and used to ridicule, harass, or commit
    fraud.


    Social Media Identity Theft: Hundreds of imposter accounts are set up every day. Sarah Palin, St. Louis Cardinals Coach Tony LaRussa, Kanye West, The Huffington Post, and many others have been impersonated by fake Twitter accounts opened in their names.


    Worms: Twitter is sometimes plagued by worms,
    which spread messages encouraging users to click malicious links. When
    one user clicks, his account is infected and used to further spread the
    message. Soon his followers and then their followers are all infected.


    DOS Attack: A denial-of-service attack left Twitter dark for more than three hours. The attack seems to have been coordinated by Russian hackers targeting a blogger in the Eastern European country of Georgia.


    Botnet Controller: One Twitter account produced links pointed to commands to download code that would make users’ computers part of a botnet.


    Phishing: Hacked Twitter accounts are used to send phishing messages,
    which instruct users to click links that point to spoofed sites, where
    users will be prompted to enter login credentials, putting themselves at
    risk of identity theft.


    Twitter Porn: Please, “Misty Buttons,” stop sending me invites to chat or to check out your pictures.


    Twitter Spam: The use of shortened URLs
    has made Twitter’s 140 character limit the perfect launch pad for spam,
    shilling diet pills, Viagra and whatever else you don’t need.


    To prevent social media identity theft, take ownership of your name
    or personal brand on Twitter. Protecting yourself from other scams
    requires some savvy and an unwillingness to click mysterious links. In
    other cases, you’ll need to keep your web browser and operating system
    updated in order to remain safe. Make sure to keep your antivirus
    software updated with the latest definitions, as well.


    Robert Siciliano, personal security expert contributor to Just Ask Gemalto, discusses hacking wireless networks on Fox Boston. (Disclosures)



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