Drivers talk on cell phones less but surf, e-mail more

Survey finds that drivers are talking on hand-held phones less but surfing the ‘net more

Source: www.usatoday.com

Drivers talk on cell phones less but surf, e-mail more

 

"A survey that has tracked driving behavior for six years finds that talking on hand-held phones while driving is dropping while surfing the Internet, reading email and scanning social media is rising." 

 

Article by Larry Copeland via USA Today

 

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ABA Formal Opinion 469 – November 12, 2014

Source: www.abajournal.com

The American Bar Association (ABA) issued Formal Opinion 469, which address an issue involving prosecutors and debt collectors.

The Opinion states:

A prosecutor who provides official letterhead of the prosecutor’s office to a debt collection company for use by that company to create a letter purporting to come from the prosecutor’s office that implicitly or explicitly threatens prosecution, when no lawyer from the prosecutor’s office reviews the case file to determine whether a crime has been committed and prosecution is warranted or reviews the letter to ensure it complies with the Rules of Professional Conduct, violates Model Rules 8.4(c) and 5.5(a)."

While not binding on any state, this seems like the correct decision. Debt collectors should not be able to deceive debtors using these type of tactics.

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Veterans Day 2014

Honoring All Who Served – Veterans Day 2014

By: Jeffrey Lapin of Lapin Law Offices

On this Veterans Day 2014, thank you to all veterans who have protected our Country from all enemies, foreign and domestic, for your faithfulness, allegiance sacrifice in service of us all.

 

Read our post from Veterans Day 2013 to learn about the history of Veterans Day, some veteran demographics as well as advice from veterans: Honoring All Who Served – Veterans Day 2013 (http://lapinlawoffices.com/lapin-law-offices-blog/honoring-all-who-served-veterans-day-2013)

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Lapin Law Offices’ Blogger Blog: “Secure” Messaging Not As Protected As You Might Think

Source: lapinlawoffices.blogspot.com

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) created a Scorecard to measure the actual security of “secure messaging” tools and apps. None of the popular messaging apps received a perfect score and some received a very low grade. Apple’s FaceTime and iMessage had some of the higher scores among the popular apps. The EFF’s results may be very surprising to some who thought their messages were very secure.

 

Read the full post by Jeffrey Lapin on Lapin Law Offices’ Blogger Blog: “Secure” Messaging Not As Protected As You Might Think (http://lapinlawoffices.blogspot.com/2014/11/secure-messaging-not-as-protected-as-you-might-think.html)

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Infographic: Teens in Cars

Get the facts.

Source: www.safekids.org

*Teens In Cars [Infographic]* Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of teens. The best way to protect teens (as well as anyone in a vehicle) is to use seat belts.  Infographic by: Safe Kids Worldwide 

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Defendants in Massive Spam Text Message, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Scheme to Pay $10 Million to Settle FTC Charges | Federal Trade Commission

Source: www.ftc.gov

Defendants To Pay $10 Million For Trifecta of FTC Violations

 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced yesterday that several defendants will pay approximately $10 million to the FTC to settle charges related to offers of "free" gift cards from major retailers. The "trifecta" of FTC violations are: spam text messages; illegal robocalls; and mobile cramming.

 

As stated in the October 22, 2014, Press Release:

"The settlement marks the completion of a major effort by the FTC to crack down on the senders of unwanted text messages offering consumers “free” gift cards to retailers such as Best Buy, Walmart and Target. The messages contained links to websites that led consumers through a process that the FTC alleges was designed to get consumers’ personal information for sale to marketers, their mobile phone numbers to cram unwanted charges on their bill, and to drive them to paid subscriptions for which the scammers received affiliate referral fees."

 

The settlements are being paid by three sets of defendants in different amounts.

 

Source: FTC: Defendants in Massive Spam Text Message, Robocalling and Mobile Cramming Scheme to Pay $10 Million to Settle FTC Charges

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Why you might fall for a phishing scam

Information is power and, when it comes to the criminal underground, it might as well be gold. Scammers who pick up chuncks of information about you can qu

Source: www.consumeraffairs.com

Why you might fall for a phishing scam

 

Phishing is the use of an email that attempts to scam a user into revealing private information. These emails appear to come from legitimate companies and usually direct you to an "official" looking webpage to update your personal information.

 

"Information is power and, when it comes to the criminal underground, it might as well be gold … Scammers who pick up chunks of information about you can quickly pick your pocket. An effective phishing scam almost always involves trickery and deception. A message in your email inbox is not what it first appears. … The challenge, then, is to find a way to identify these bogus pitches/threats and warn consumers before they make a costly error in judgment. …"

 

Two professors at the University of Alabama in Huntsville are studying phishing scams to determine the best way to help protect people from them.

 

"The researchers say your response to a [phishing scam] warning is based on the strength of the authority issuing it. In addition, you have to understand it, remember it, change your attitude and be motivated enough to change your behavior. … [P}hishing is not just a problem of technology, though fixes are normally offered only in those terms. Rather, a lot of it involves psychology."

By: Mark Huffman via Consumer Affairs

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