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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  • Should Dating Sites Require Background Checks?

     

    It’s no secret that there are kooky people in the world, and those
    kooky people seem to gravitate to the Internet. My theory is that those
    with ulterior motives relish the anonymity of the web, which allows them
    to lure in their victims more easily. I can see why they’d appreciate
    that. It’s easier to lie online.

    There’s no body language, no intonation in one’s voice, and no
    emotional connection to the other person. It’s harder for a person’s
    sixth sense to connect with an avatar.


    The Internet provides a great cover for predators.


    In Connecticut, State Representative Mae Flexer introduced a bill
    designed to make online dating safer. “Sexual predators now have a new
    tool to find victims — Internet dating websites,” she told the General
    Law Committee.


    And in Texas,
    State Representative Diane Patrick, is proposing that online dating
    sites be required to disclose to members whether or not background
    checks are done, which she believes would make online dating safer.


    Online dating sites argue that people should use common sense, and
    point out that not all background checks are entirely accurate. What if
    the person’s profile is made from stolen information in the first place?
    The fact is, online dating sites are selling a lot more than an
    opportunity to connect. They market to the public, inviting them to find
    love using their website. And they give users an air of legitimacy by
    default. Posting a profile on a mainstream dating site implies a certain
    level of credibility.


    Background checks would be a good start, and can often provide
    someone with all they need to make an informed decision. But they may
    also create a false sense of security and cannot be relied upon
    completely, especially when people lie about their identity.


    Dating sites could incorporate another layer of protection, such as
    checking the computer used to create the profile in the first place. Device reputation
    spots online evildoers in a fraction of a second, by examining the
    computer, smartphone, or tablet used to connect to the dating website or
    social network. If a device is associated with unwanted behavior, such
    as spam, online scams, fake profiles, bullying or predatory behavior,
    the website can reject the new account or transaction. If the computer
    or smart phone passes the first test of not being associated with
    unwanted behavior, further identity and background checks would be
    performed. If the device does not pass, there is no need to pay for
    further checks.


    According to Jon Karl, Vice President of Marketing at iovation Inc.,
    “We stop 150,000 online fraudulent activities every single day. At one
    of our international dating clients’ websites, one out of five profiles
    created are found to be fraudulent. We help protect their brand and keep
    their members safe by identifying the bad actors upfront before they
    have a chance to come in contact with legitimate members.”


    That being said, it would be a good and prudent practice for any
    online dating site to further vet and screen users. It won’t keep all
    the bad apples out, but it will significantly reduce those who are
    currently using the system for no good.


    Robert Siciliano, personal security and identity theft expert contributor to iovation, discusses Safe Personal Dating on Tyra. (Disclosures)



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