Identity Protection

The Privacy Paradox: Does Privacy Even Matter?

There is an interesting phenomenon that occurs when people talk about privacy. It’s called the “privacy paradox” and it essentially says that people are hypocritical when they are discussing how important privacy is to them. According to this Pew Research article, “The paradox is that people use social media platforms even as they express great concern…

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Protecting Online Privacy – Part 1: VPNs

This is the first in a series of blog posts we’ll be publishing on the topic of protecting your privacy online. Secret Sequence puts privacy first, and it’s important to us that our users understand how to protect themselves online. We hope the following will be helpful in protecting yourself online. What is a VPN?…

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Pharmaceutical Giant Invests $300 MILLION in 23andme

Big Pharma Wants Your Data Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced in 2018 that they would be partnering with Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing Company 23andme. While this partnership may seem harmless on the surface, it underscores the business model of most Direct-to-Consumer genetics companies. Who Owns You? According to medical ethics experts, the real question is, “Who…

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Four Ways To Protect Your Data Online

In the age of Big Data, it is important to practice good “digital hygiene” Digital data is the currency of the internet. Your data tells companies where you go, what you do and what you buy. Wherever you go online, you can bet companies are tracking your every move. They are always looking to find…

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Surprise! Another Huge Hack with Stolen Identities

This Friday, November 30th,  Marriott revealed that they were hacked for hundreds of millions of their customer records and data. According to an ABC News article: “The information of as many as 500 million people staying at Starwood hotels has been compromised and Marriott says it’s uncovered unauthorized access that’s been taking place within its…

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How Much Are Your Genes Worth?

The short answer is – a lot. Just not to you. By some estimates, a person’s genome may be worth up to $50,000. The Direct To Consumer genetics companies know the value of genetic data. Their business models are determined by the value of the data that they can commercialize. They know they can make…

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You Can’t Participate Unless You Share

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A relatively new form of currency is being used on a daily basis by nearly 3.5 billion people world wide.  No, this is not another article on cryptocurrencies, although it would be nice if they had that large of a user base.  Do you think you might know what currency is being referred to in…

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