Here are 5 things you should know.
1. Firefox is offering a service to check wether your data was breached or not. It checks databases in DarkWeb for your email. The service is free and you can check unlimited emails with the service.
Here are what Firefox recommend to do:
What to do after a data breach. You get an email, either from Firefox Monitor or a company where you have an account. There’s been a security incident. Your account has been compromised. Getting notified that you’ve been a victim of a data breach can be alarming. You have valid cause for concern, but there are a few steps you can take immediately to protect your account and limit the damage.
Read the details about the breach. Read closely to learn what happened. What personal data of yours was included? Your next steps will depend on what information you need to protect. When did the breach happen? You may receive the notice months or even years after the data breach occurred. Sometimes it takes a while for companies to discover a breach. Sometimes breaches are not immediately made public.
If you haven’t yet, change your password. Lock down your account with a new password. If you can’t log in, contact the website to ask how you can recover or shut down the account. See an account you don’t recognize? The site may have changed names or someone may have created an account for you.
If you’ve used that password for other accounts, change those too. Hackers may try to reuse your exposed password to get into other accounts. Create a different password for each website, especially for your financial accounts, email account, and other websites where you save personal information.
Take extra steps if your financial data was breached. Most breaches only expose emails and passwords, but some do include sensitive financial information. If your bank account or credit card numbers were included in a breach, alert your your bank to possible fraud. Monitor statements for charges you don’t recognize.
Review your credit reports to catch identity theft. If you have credit history in the United States, check your credit reports for suspicious activity. Ensure that no new accounts, loans, or cards have been opened in your name. By law, you’re permitted to one free report from the three major credit reporting bureaus every year. Request them through annualcreditreport.com. And don’t worry, checking your own credit report never affects your score.
Here are some useful links to check:
2. You can send presents to less fortunate kids this Christmas by going online, selecting a USPS letter, and send the gift to the child!
What a great way to make a kid’s Christmas a little brighter!
3. You should always ask the dog owner before petting their dog, if you’re initiating the interaction.
Not all dogs are always open to interacting with strangers. It can especially be dangerous if it’s a small child, and I think it should be educated better to make sure to ask the owner before running up to a fluffy friend.
This is a polite gesture for both the dog and the owner. In the human side of the case, this is true if it has ever happened that their dog or their space has been violated by a random stranger. Some people are simply trying to have a quiet walk, and a sudden hand coming out of nowhere can sometimes be really startling. Plus, it’s the owner’s dog, their family in the first place. Imagine a stranger suddenly grabbing your child!
However, most of the time, it is more important to know when to respect a dog’s space. Especially for rescue dogs. Some may have severe trauma from being abused by people, hence extremely terrorised by human hands reaching towards them. This can result in biting, being very dangerous for small children.
So please, make sure you ask whenever you would like to pet someone’s dog. When they say no, they don’t like being pet, respect their warning.
4. SAAV, Sheltering Animals of Abuse Victims. If you and/or your family are fleeing domestic violence, there are many organizations that will take your pets and provide them free, confidential shelter and often medical care while you are seeking safety.
Also called SAAF, Sheltering Animals of Abused Families and a few various names.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse or violence, and a DV shelter cannot take in your pet, you might have a local organization specifically devoted to caring for your pet until you are ready to have them back with you.
According to SAAV Wisconsin, they aim to:
“Reduce barriers to safety for domestic abuse victims by providing safe refuge for animals when a victim leaves an abuser. Domestic abuse shelters typically cannot take animals into shelter and, when they can, it is only for a brief time. Research shows that up to 48% of domestic abuse victims delay leaving an abusive relationship because they have no safe shelter for their animals. Countless victims stay to protect their animals. SAAV reduces this barrier to safety by providing victims with temporary, safe, and confidential shelter for animals for up to 90 days while the victim transitions to safety. Shelter is provided primarily through foster homes.”
And “Raise community awareness about the link between domestic violence, animal cruelty and other forms of family violence.”
Here are some broader resources:
National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/
Check to find your local organizations that shelter animals of DV victims https://www.thehotline.org/help/pets/
RedRover is a good resource for finding local organizations https://redrover.org/resource/domestic-violence-and-pets/ and https://safeplaceforpets.org/
Los Angeles area https://spcala.com/programs-services/asn/
NYC area https://urinyc.org/uripals/
Chicago area http://www.noahsrest.org/
Dogs Trust Freedom Project https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/help-advice/hope-project-freedom-project/freedom-project
This page lists several local organizations https://www.reducingtherisk.org.uk/cms/content/pet-refuge-services
5. The 2020 U.S. Census will not ask you about your citizenship status and is confidential.
The 2020 census is predicted to have a massive undercount of millions of people related to budgeting issues, fear of reprisal and an inability to properly prepare. Here’s some facts to clear the air and make you feel more comfortable with the Census:
The 2020 Census will not ask you if you or anyone in your household are citizens. This was a question that was suspiciously enacted by the director of the census, which tied into minority suppression by gerrymandering. The decision went to the Supreme Court where it was shot down. To reiterate: The Census will not ask you if you are a citizen of the United States.
Your census info is kept completely confidential for 72 years.
It is absolutely illegal for any information gathered in the census to be shared with anyone for anything. It is explicitly for the use of the census and nothing more.