You could be forced to look over your shoulder for the rest of your life.” Adam Levin doesn’t mince words when it comes to warning people about protecting their privacy. He is the author of new book Swiped, and founder of Credit.com and Identity Theft 911.
The recent Ashley Madison hack saw 36 million accounts compromised with massive ramifications ranging from divorce to suicide. Not to mention, hundreds of “high profile” employees from more than 80 well-known institutions who were either directly or indirectly implicated for using the controversial cheating website that advertises “privacy” for its members.
In addition to the personal and professional conflicts this breech has caused, Levin believes Ashley Madison highlights a much bigger problem. “Breeches,” such as this one, have become a “third certainty in life” for most Americans, he says.
This is especially true for teenagers and college students who are known for oversharing and living in revolving door environments where they are vulnerable to privacy hacks.
Levin talks to Carey Pena about a few simple safeguards to “compartmentalize your life so as not to jeopardize every aspect.” From government surveillance to social media and search engine tracking, Levin shows us, there are many ways Americans are vulnerable and need to watch out.
We always like to end the show by asking guests what personally inspires them. As a consumer advocate with more than thirty years experience in personal finance, privacy, and government service, Levin says he is inspired by civil rights leaders like John and Bobby Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr. He reminds us, “It’s all about how you give back, what you do for people, and how you stand up for what you believe in.