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Homeland Security to Collect Social Media Usernames on Immigration and Visitor Applications

Geneva Sands, CNN 

Washington (CNN)   The Department of Homeland Security plans to begin requesting social media information on applications for immigration benefits and foreign travel to the US, an expansion of data collection already taking place.

Some foreign travelers to the US, as well as applicants for immigration benefits, will be asked to list their social media accounts and usernames for the past five years, according to a notice in the Federal Register. The information will be used to determine whether an individual "poses a law enforcement or national security risk to the United States."
Social media platforms that DHS will ask about include Facebook, Instagram, Reddit,, Weibo, Myspace, YouTube and Linkedin. The agency says it will not collect passwords and will review only publicly available information.
The change...
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Learning About Facebook Risks

AUTHOR: Marcelina Hardy, MSEd, BCC

Many people are unaware of Facebook risks when they create a profile on this social networking site. Facebook allows people from all around the world to connect with old friends, and make new ones, using a community interface. However, despite all of the benefits of this social networking site, there are bound to be some risks.

Learning About Facebook Risks

Learning about Facebook risks will help you to safeguard yourself and your computer. You don't need to avoid this social networking site, you just need to know what to do and what not to do to stay safe.

Your Profile: Careful of What You Write

Recently, employers and college admissions staff have looked up applicants on Facebook in order to get a better picture of the person they may be interested in hiring or admitting. Creating an unflattering profile will surely have some...

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Facts About Direct Mail

Some people come to the DMA choice mail preference service planning on completely stopping all the direct mail they receive because they think that doing so will help save paper and the environment. But before you do this, here are some numbers you may find interesting.

  • Direct mail is a green way to shop. If Americans replaced two trips to the mall each year with shopping by catalog, we'd reduce our number of miles driven by 3.3 billion—a 3 billion pound reduction in carbon dioxide and a savings of $650 million on gas alone.


  • Mail represents only 2.4% of America's municipal waste stream.


  • The production of household advertising mail consumes only 0.19% of the energy used in the United States.


  • Mail is made from a renewable resource. The vast majority of paper produced in America today comes from trees grown for that specific purpose. The...
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How Do Consumers Register For DMAchoice?

Online registration:

Consumers can register at DMA's consumer website: for a processing fee of $2 for a period of ten years. Registering online is the fastest way to see results. DMAchoice offers consumers a simple, step-by-step process that enables them to decide what mail they do and do not want.

In addition, DMAchoice online offers registration for DMA's:

· eMail Preference Service (reduce your unsolicited commercial email);
· Telephone Preference Service (to reduce national commercial calls for consumers who live in Pennsylvania and Wyoming - consumers in other states are referred to the National Do Not Call Registry:;
· Deceased Do Not Contact list (for name removal of deceased individuals' names); and
· Do Not Contact list for Caregivers (for caregivers to...

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About Gift Card Scams


Be aware of scams involving App Store & iTunes Gift Cards and Apple Store Gift Cards.

If you believe you're the victim of a scam involving App Store & iTunes Gift Cards or Apple Store Gift Cards, you can call Apple at 800-275-2273 (U.S.) and say "gift cards" when prompted.

A string of scams is taking place asking people to make payments over the phone for things such as taxes, hospital bills, bail money, debt collection, and utility bills. The scams are committed using many methods, including gift cards. As the fraudsters are sometimes requesting codes from App Store & iTunes Gift Cards or Apple Store Gift Cards, we want to make sure our customers are aware of these scams.

Regardless of the reason for payment, the scam follows a certain formula: The victim receives a call instilling panic and urgency to make a payment by purchasing App Store & iTunes...

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These Are the Best Days to Book 2019 Holiday Travel

Michelle Baran 

It’s not too late to score a good deal.

Haven’t booked your Thanksgiving or end of year holiday travel yet? Fear not, procrastinators. According to online booking data, the best days to book are still ahead of us.

The cheapest airfares for Thanksgiving travel will be available between October 29 and November 13, online booking giant Expedia revealed this week, based on historical data analyzed by the company. Booking two weeks to a month in advance of Thanksgiving can save travelers more than 5 percent. But if you wait too long (read, until the week before), you could pay more than 20 percent above the average rate.

For Christmas, the cheapest time to purchase flights will be between November 23 and December 9, Expedia reported. Booking during that window can save travelers around 15 percent. Interestingly, those who wait until...

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I Work for N.S.A. We Cannot Afford to Lose the Digital Revolution.

Technology is about to spend our entire national security infrastructure.

By Glenn S. Gerstell

Mr. Gerstell is the general counsel of the National Security Agency.

The National Security Operations Center occupies a large windowless room, bathed in blue light, on the third floor of the National Security Agency’s headquarters outside of Washington. For the past 46 years, around the clock without a single interruption, a team of senior military and intelligence officials has staffed this national security nerve center.


The center’s senior operations officer is surrounded by glowing high-definition monitors showing information about things like Pentagon computer networks, military and civilian air traffic in the Middle East and video feeds from drones in Afghanistan. The officer is authorized to notify the president any time of the day or night of a...

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October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Internet-enabled crimes and cyber intrusions are becoming increasingly sophisticated and preventing them requires each and every user of a connected device to be aware and on guard.

“It’s no longer enough to be on the lookout for something in your inbox that appears suspicious,” said FBI Cyber Division Assistant Director Matt Gorham. “As criminals have grown savvier and their efforts more targeted, individuals and organizations need to scrutinize messages and requests that appear legitimate.”

Some of the most common and damaging Internet-enabled crimes begin with an employee clicking a link in an email that appears to be from a colleague, following the instructions in a message that looks like it came from a supervisor, or opening an account link or invoice that seems to be from a trusted vendor.

“These routine actions can be what...

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Warning Signs of Human Trafficking

Since human trafficking is often a crime that is hidden in plain sight, it is important to be aware of its warning signs. Some indications that a person may be a victim of human trafficking include (especially in the case of women and children):


  • Appearing malnourished
  • Showing signs of physical injuries and abuse
  • Avoiding eye contact, social interaction, and authority figures/law enforcement
  • Seeming to adhere to scripted or rehearsed responses in social interaction
  • Lacking official identification documents
  • Appearing destitute/lacking personal possessions
  • Working excessively long hours
  • Living in place of employment
  • Checking into hotels/motels with older males, and referring to those males as a boyfriend or “daddy,” which is often street slang for pimp
  • Poor physical or dental health 
  • Tattoos/ branding on the neck and/or lower back
  • Untreated sexually...
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15 Apps Parents Should Look Out for On Their Kids Phones

Author: Doug Delony, Janelle Bludau

Published: 7:00 AM PDT July 31, 2019
Updated: 4:54 AM PDT August 7, 2019

Before kids go back to school, police around the country are reminding parents about potentially dangerous apps.

The recent arrests of 25 men in Florida for allegedly trying to have sex with children has prompted a sheriff there to issue another 'app warning' for parents, reports CBS Miami.

The arrests happened from July 17 to July 20 after the suspects responded to internet ads, online apps and social media sites, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.


During his press conference last week, the sheriff listed 15 apps as ones that parents need to know about. (Six of them were used by suspected predators who were recently arrested.)

  • 'MeetMe,' an app where teens can easily be in contact with users much older than them, with an...

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