"I don't even follow Vanguard's emailed URLs to my account statements--I don't know how long it will be before some nefarious person decides to spoof them and send out an email the day before Vanguard emails their notices but with the links taking a person to an out-of-country site."Excellent point, Mark. Even where we do have accounts need caution. I insist on hard copy of all financial statements and transactions, even though elsewhere in my life I am desperately trying to go digital (did records to CDs, am slowly scanning photos, with the plan of moving albums to the attic, and just got a DVD recorder and hope to get rid of a couple of hundred VHS, mostly culled from PBS, along with rerecording old movies).One of the things that has struck me, as I've somewhat kept track of relevant goings on re: my Wave investment, has been how slow banks have been to jump on a serious solution to continuous security problems, that cost them plenty (not to mention losses to customers). There's a big problem, and passwords, which are a pain, anyway, are very vulnerable. Of course, part of the problem is, to get real authenticiation, we will have to move to some kind of universal, physical feature (fingerprint, iris scan) ID, and this upsets some Civil Libertarians. I'm a Civil Libertarian, but I also live in the real world, and I know if the government wants to find me, in this modern world, I'm not going to be able to go "underground," only at risk of recognition through my fingerprints. Unless I'm willing to give up all my assets, I'm findable, and at this point I'm a lot more at risk of some criminal stealing my identity or raiding an account or misusing a credit card number than I am of the secret police coming after me for saying that spending tens of millions of dollars for a toga party to celebrate the triumph of the rich when our National Guard are making huge sacrifices for our country is obscene.
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