October is Anti-Bullying Month. If you are a teen, kid, parent, teacher, or if you interact with any of these people, bullying probably has affected you somehow.
Bullying can take many forms, from teasing and spreading rumors about someone to physically hurting to exclusion to anonymous cyberbullying. Have you ever been bullied? Have you ever bullied someone? Have you ever stood by and not said something while someone was being bullied? Have you ever spoken up for someone?
The more we all educate ourselves about what bullying is, what the causes are, and what we can do about, the more safe our schools, gyms, streets, and cyberspace will be.
If you haven't read Mat Honan's Wired article yet, you should. In the span of half an hour, he lost access to his email; his iPad, iPhone, and MacBook were erased remotely; and his Twitter account was hijacked to spout a bunch of offensive nonsense. His eight years' worth of email and, even more devastatingly, all of the pictures he had taken of the first year and a half of his daughter's life.
The question for the rest of us is: how can I make sure this doesn't happen to me?
I know, most everyone can determine that the letter from the exhiled Prince of France is a fake. You will not get back $3 million for your meager $2,500 investment. And I know you know that. But scammers also know you know that, so they have moved on to new tricks, are you prepared to avoid them?
This topic has recently been troubling me because I have gotten several emails from our "System Administrator" informing me that I am over the limit on my mailbox storage, emails that I know are fake. The problem is, they are written convincingly enough that I'm worried that if people don't know what to look out for, they could be taken in by it.
Here's the full text of the email that was sent to me: