Craigslist Scams to Watch Out For

by Laura-Lee WalkerCraigslist is a vibrant marketplace brimming with deals, but it also has a dark underbelly because it’s a cesspool of scammers wanting your money.Some of the scams grossing the most money include rental and car buyer and seller scams.Rental scamsOne common rental scam involves con artists duplicating ads for properties and offering...

Christmas: It’s the Most Dangerous Time of the Year

Written by Laura-Lee WalkerThere'll be shoppers for scamming Valuables for stealing And drunk driving out in the snowThere'll be scary homicidal stories And tales of the nightmares of Christmases long, long ago It's the most dangerous time of the year-Adaptation of Andy Williams: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the YearThere’s a dark under belly to Christmas lurking...

The Unintended Consequences of Using Social Media

Written by Laura-Lee Walker (Photo Credit: Courtesy of HTSABO)“The problem is much larger than any one individual’s ability to control their personal information, because there are so many new ways every week or every month in which we can be tracked or things can be inferred about us.” –Alessandro Acquisti, privacy economistThe reasons we...

A New Era of Fraud: In Screen We Trust

Written by Laura-Lee Walker“If you control the code, you control the world. This is the future that awaits us.”—Marc Goodman, Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About ItMarc Goodman, a global security advisor and futurist, wrote a book called Future Crimes and was featured on TED Talk...

What you Need to Know About Canada’s New Anti-spam Law

What if you knew that sending an email to someone without their consent could cost you everything: your house, your car, all of your money and even your business? Would you still send that email? That’s exactly what could happen when Canada’s new anti-spam legislation, passed on December 10, comes into effect this July...

Heartbleed Aftermath: When changing your password is not enough

Many companies have scrambled to make security updates in the Heartbleed aftermath and many users have changed the passwords to their accounts. Do these security measures mean your information is secure?Our reliance on using the Internet to navigate our daily lives coupled with flaws in our primary defense, passwords (which are notorious for being...

How to Spot a Fraud

“53 per cent of resumes and job applications contain falsifications.”–The Society of Human Resource ManagersPeople will often lie when telling the truth won’t get them what they want, such as a job or promotion. That means that your new hire could be a potential liability.Incidences of people misrepresenting themselves are commonplace, and the consequences...

Does Privacy on the Internet Exist?

"If you have something you don’t want anyone to know, you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place.” –Eric SchmidtInternet users disclose huge amounts of private information about themselves online. Businesses, white-collar criminals, stalkers, employees, predators, and the government benefit from accessing that private information.Although the future may be promising in using biometrics...

How to Find People Online

Investigators often need to find a subject's contact information such as their email, home address, and phone number. There are vast amounts of information online and it can be challenging to navigate and determine what sources of information are reliable. Google searchA good place to start is by doing a Google search on a subject....

How to Use Social Media for Online Investigations

"The online world is just like the offline world in many respects: Your friends can inform on you to police, and detectives can go undercover to catch you in the act."—Heather Kelly, Writer/Producer, Technology at CNN Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media websites contain large quantities of data. This is where searches tend to bring...