Randomness this Tuesday
Brett Favre will know in several weeks whether his surgically repaired arm will allow him to come out of retirement again. And seriously, we are kind of tired of hearing about this guy retiring from retirement. Dude, go play golf in charity events or something like everyone else does.
Using your credit card when you go shopping today? Read this. Every time you swipe your credit card and wait for the transaction to be approved, sensitive data including your name and account number are ferried from store to bank through computer networks, each step a potential opening for hackers.
And while you may take steps to protect yourself against identity theft, an Associated Press investigation has found the banks and other companies that handle your information are not being nearly as cautious as they could be. The government leaves it to card companies to design security rules that protect the nation’s 50 billion annual transactions. Even if your transaction isn’t hacked, you still lose: Merchants pass to all their customers the costs they incur from fraud.
Reading this is hazardous to your family. The Annenberg Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California says that the decline in family time coincides with a rise in Internet use and the popularity of social networks. Their new study stops short of assigning blame. 28 percent of Americans it interviewed last year said they have been spending less time with members of their households. That’s nearly triple the 11 percent who said that in 2006.