Twelve years ago today, I started the I've Been Mugged blog. During the first few years, the blog served as a tool to organize news, resources, and observations about data breaches, fraud alerts, credit reports, and credit monitoring services. All of this was new, as I struggled with how to respond to a former employer's data breach.
Over time, the I've Been Mugged blog expanded to cover privacy, surveillance, internet-connected devices, payments processors, energy providers, travel, and more. Many new technologies have emerged with sensors and cameras that collect data about consumers. The good news: there's plenty to blog about. The bad news: there's plenty to blog about.
Along the way, several guest authors have contributed. Thanks to them all. Bill Seebeck is still missed. I valued greatly his deep experience in banking and public relations. ProPublica has emerged as a new source of content.
Next, I'd like to 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.
And, I especially want to thank my wife, Alison. Without her support and flexibility, I couldn't write I've Been Mugged. Last, some humor is below. Enjoy!