Sunday, April 27, 2014

Credit Cards for Peanuts

9:51 PM 0 Comments
Route 666 Sign
#creditcards #radioactive #Heartbleed
I'm not only feeling old age in my bones, I'm waking up! 'Welcome to the new age, to the new age; This is it, the apocalypse.' The age where we are merely plastic numbers leaving digital footprints.footprint
A digital era where credit cards are not only a convenience, but a necessity in real life and online. In real life credit cards are susceptible to Credit Card Skimming at Gas Pumps, ATMs, etc. (skimmers are devices illegally installed to record information from the credit/debit card’s magnetic strips) Currently online; the bug Heartbleed allows hackers to steal information without leaving a trace. (AppCheck for Heartbleed vulnerability). 'January 17, 2007 hackers accessed 47 million T.J. Maxx customers credit cards, debit cards, checking information.' (read more T.J. Maxx Computer Systems Intrusion: Press Releases). 'Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 (2013), Target Corp estimates that 40 million customers credit card data were breached by hackers.' (More information is available at Target’s corporate website). October 26, 2012; South Carolina Internal Revenue Service was hacked, leaving "3.8 million Social Security numbers, 3.3 million bank account numbers and information for nearly 700,000 businesses stolen.USA TODAY (FAQ about the Dept. of Revenue hack attack).

Credit Card mag-stripes (magnetic stripes) have become a gold mine for hackers. So if you can't use or are required to use your credit card in enough places already, there is always the mobile credit card reader. 'Take payments anytime, anywhere. Swipe, scan or key in credit cards, sign. Many retailers offer a free card reader and app for your iPhone, iPad or Android device.' 'Welcome to the new age'.

Consumers Pay 9 cents to give Hackers free digital info

Printer ProblemsMy wake-up call came was when I entered Office Depot to merely get a 9 cent photocopy. The self-serve copying machine required a credit card! I requested to pay cash and was told I'd have to purchase a free special copy card for 9 cents to insert into the copier, instead of a credit card. Or I could pay 1 cent more to have the Store Associate print a copy from the in-store Copy & Print Depot™equipment.

For an extra 1 cent profit, the Company will be spending more because I will need the 'Xerox-certified' Store Associate to take time from a profitable custom print order; merely to show me how to operate the newfangled self-serve copier.

However, the extra 1 cent is worth it for me; especially taking into consideration hackers. "Nearly every digital copier built since 2002 contains a hard drive - like the one on your personal computer - storing an image of every document copied, scanned, or emailed by the machine.cbsnews.com" This includes 'social security numbers, birth certificates, bank records, income tax forms'. The information easily extracted from the copiers hard drive are sold on the black markets, globally. Today my document may be stored, but not my credit card!

Just when I thought my trip from the Twilight Zone was over, my brief flashback from Star Trek gadgets had subsided; on my drive home, I saw our local Boiled Peanut Stand was advertising 'Now Accepting Credit Cards'. More like credit cards for peanuts! 'Welcome to the new age'.

Data Breach
Learn and continue to surf safe, secure; at least until the next virtual radioactive meltdown of a security breach.Radioactive Symbol

UPDATE:"US Computer Emergency Readiness Team and its British counterpart tell people to stop using Internet Explorer until Microsoft can fix it...that allows attackers to install malware on your computer without your permission. That malware could be used to steal personal data, track online behavior, or gain control of the computer."

May UPDATE: "Microsoft issued a fix on Thursday for a security flaw in Internet Explorer that led the Department of Homeland Security to suggest users change browsers until the problem was solved." Elizabeth Weise, USATODAY

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Tax Man Cometh

12:08 AM 1 Comments
grim reaper

What Happened?

At first I thought this was funny...then I realized the awful truth of it. Be sure to read all the way to the end!

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes
Are the rule.

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties, irs tie
Tax his shirt,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his cigars,
Tax his beers,
If he cries, then
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways
To tax his assdonkey
Tax all he has
Then let him know
That you won't be done
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in
Which he's laid.
Put these words
Upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me
To my doom..."
flatbroke gravestone
When he's gone,
Do not relax,
Its time to apply
The inheritance tax.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL license Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel permit tax
Gasoline Tax (42 cents per gallon)
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Interest expense
Inventory tax
IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Taxes
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Room Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road usage taxes irs check
Sales Tax
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone federal excise tax
Telephone federal universal service fee tax
Telephone federal, state and local surcharge taxes
Telephone minimum usage surcharge tax
Telephone recurring and non-recurring charges tax
Telephone state and local tax
Telephone usage charge tax
Utility Taxes
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

Forwarded from on the internet somewhere:)

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