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Celebrating 8 Years Online!

Eight years ago today, I started the I've Been Mugged blog. Since then, I've learned a lot about identity theft, fraud, privacy, surveillance, and data breaches. This blog has been a good tool to organize my thoughts, learnings, and the online resources I've found.

So, I'd like to first thank all I've Been Mugged readers. I am grateful for your readership and for the comments you have submitted. We have explored together many interesting topics.

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. Some bloggers I'd like to thank by name: Lori Magno, Michael Krigsman, Drew McLelland, and Ronni Bennett (who leads by example far more than she realizes). I'd also like to thank my numerous followers on Twitter, including GetCocoon.

Third, I'd like to thank guest authors Bill Seebeck, and R. Michelle Green. 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 IBM for losing my sensitive personal data during its February 2007 data breach. That incident caused me to start blogging, and more importantly to start thinking about the privacy of my personal information. 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, I named this blog in honor of IBM's data breach = I've Been Mugged.

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? The rapid pace of technological change means there is a lot to write about, such as the Internet of Things (ioT). We'll continue to cover the FCC and Net Neutrality, plus banking and mobile devices, If it's a controversial issue that has privacy concerns, we'll cover it.

If you are a new visitor, there are several easy ways to explore the blog:

  • The right column includes a tag cloud with subjects
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  • If you don't see a topic you want, try the search box on the right
  • To find older blog posts, select Archives in either the top horizontal navigation bar or in the footer navigation bar
  • To access product and service reviews, select Reviews in the above horizontal navigation bar


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