The Information Age : How Safe Are We?

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The Information Age: How safe are we?
General Purpose: To inform.
Specific Purpose: I want my audience to understand that there are significant dangers in the age of technology and the Internet particularly regarding the privacy of protected information.
Preview: While the Internet, cellphones and ATM machines provide us with a very convenient lifestyle there are inherent dangers-mostly and especially financial dangers, to those who share their personal information online or on their home computers.
I. Attention getter: I was checking my email and I ran across a message from PayPal, a popular internet site for processing online payments, that indicated that my account was being frozen due to suspicious activity and then asked me to verify personal information. I know for a fact that PayPal never asks for personal information via email so, I was being targeted for a scam to gather personal information. I wondered, how safe am I really, how much of my information can be used against me? Against anyone? I decided to investigate the phenomenon of the invasion of privacy and the business of information gathering in order to determine the overall damage done to those of us who trust supposedly secure websites, devices and businesses.
II. Introduction: I am positive that I am not the only one here who has been subject to scams, information gathering techniques or ads targeted at them via emails or cellphones based on electronically stored information obtained by
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