Three years ago today, I started this blog. Since then, I've learned a lot about identity theft, fraud, privacy, and data breaches. This blog has been a good tool to organize what I have learned and the online resources I've found.
During the past few months, I have established new relationships with Adify.com and PayPal. You can learn more about Adify on the Advertising page. If you like the content of this blog, you can send a contribution via PayPal. And, I have met some interesting people.
Some thank-you's are appropriate. First, I'd like to thank I've Been Mugged readers. Readership hit a new high of 18,000 monthly readers during May and remains strong. Over 50 people follow this blog on Facebook, and over 300 people follow this blog on Twitter.
April was a particularly busy month as many readers submitted comments. I am grateful for your readership and for the comments. We have explored many interesting topics, and will continue to do so.
Second, I'd like to thank the bloggers and the consumer advocates I've met online. Without their suggestions and encouragement, The quality of I've Been Mugged posts wouldn't be as high as it has been. Some bloggers I'd like to thank by name: John Taylor, Lori Magno, Diane Danielson, Michael Krigsman, Drew McLelland, KeyFrame5 Studios, the Baseline Scenario, Lynne Viera, Ryan Barrett, and Ronni Bennett (who leads by example far more than she realizes).
Third, I'd like to thank my guest authors, Bill Seebeck, and R. Michelle Green, for their interesting, insightful and provocative posts.
Fourth, I'd like to thank the Privacy Crusaders. If you know who they are, then you know the good they've done.
Fifth, I'd like to thank the executives at Facebook.comm for providing a seemingly never-ending source of privacy issues to write about.
Sixth, I'd like to thank IBM for losing my sensitive personal data during their February 2007 data breach. That incident caused me to start blogging. The more I learned about data breaches and the way companies assist (or don't) their data-breach victims, the more I realized that I had to do something. Rather than be angry, blogging seemed like a healthy and appropriate response.
If you haven't noticed yet, I named this blog in honor of the company that exposed my sensitive personal data. I've Been Mugged = IBM.
And, I especially want to thank my wife, Alison. Without her support and flexibility, I couldn't write I've Been Mugged.
What's next for the coming year? There's plenty to write about. I am sure that "locational privacy" and medical identity theft will become a hotter topics, along with data breaches, privacy, and areas where corporate responsibility is lagging. Of course, there are the ongoing issues such as behavioral advertising and identity-theft legislation.
We will continue to report on issues that affect consumers, like changes by the big banks in response to the new federal financial reform legislation. And, we'll sprinkle in some identity-theft humor, since it's never all doom and gloom.
If there is a topic you want covered, suggest it below in a comment below.
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