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Russ Warner
Russ Warner is a consummate software entrepreneur who has led multiple companies including Converus, makers of EyeDetect. He is a frequent speaker and columnist on Internet safety issues and deception detection techniques. Readers can contact Russ via @RussWarner.

Entries by Russ Warner

Ban the $100 Bill to Thwart Terrorists and Despots?

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 2:18 PM

The $100 bill is highly recognized around the world. And it's not because of Ben Franklin. The $100 bill is a favorite among dirty politicians, criminals and terrorists.

Dealers, Evaders, Terrorists and Politicians

Large denomination bills help facilitate the transfer and concealment of sizable amounts of...

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Viable Alternatives to Spying

(1) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 6:35 PM

We live at a time when trust is in short supply. This is unfortunate due to the essential nature of collaboration and teamwork to the success and stability of organizations, while security and safety are essential to the peace and stability of communities. Without trust, these...

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Let's Crowdsource to Expose Government Bribe Takers!

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 5:37 PM

Over $1 trillion per year is lost to corrupt politicians and others. That amount of corruption affects us all. Why don't we crowdsource to publish the names of government bribe takers? It won't cost taxpayers.

Who are they?

Corruption takes many forms. For some, corruption...

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Want Higher Revenue Growth? Get a Compliance Ethics Program

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 12:37 PM

What does it take to grow a business?

An honest business requires a sound business model, hard-working employees, long hours, and a "can-do" attitude, right? Of course, there are companies that take a different route and uses incentives to bribe those in power, hoping it will...

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The 'Do Whatever It Takes' Attitude Gone Wrong

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 8:09 AM

In the 2008 movie The Dark Knight, the Joker made a very thoughtful observation when he said "You see, their morals, their code, it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble." (Warner Bros. Inc. Entertainment)

Was he talking about the...

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Which CEO Character Traits Yield the Highest Returns?

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 4:14 PM

Machiavelli said, "It is better to be feared than loved, if you cannot be both." And for that statement, as well as other views, he is famous, or rather... infamous.

But that begs the question: Which leadership style yields better financial results? Does an organization...

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The Very High Cost of Global Corruption

(1) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 12:57 PM

It was $30,000,000,000,000 or in simple terms, $30 trillion. That's how much has been lost to corruption in the past 15 years. To put that in perspective, if you placed 30 trillion $1 dollar bills end-to-end, it would measure almost 1.5 billion miles. That would cover the distance from the...

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What's the Most Accurate Lie Detector? It's Not What You Think

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 11:48 AM

The most well known contender, the polygraph, is an instrument that measures various physiological signals from sensors attached to a person undergoing questioning. The science behind the polygraph is based on the premise that under the stressful affect of questioning about potentially deceptive issues,...

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You Can No Longer Hide Your Lyin' Eyes

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:08 AM

Lying is, in a pure physiological sense, an unnatural act." -Lewis Thomas

So why do we lie? Sometimes, it's done to embellish the story about the fish that got away. Sometimes it's intended to shelter someone who would be hurt by the truth (i.e., "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa...

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What Should I Do if an Employee Is a Liar?

(2) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 5:51 PM

"The best predictor of future behavior is the past." Sound familiar? This psychological theory has been around for a long time. It's used as a basis for many personality, behavioral, and integrity tests.

Courts of law use this line of thinking to make judgments about accused criminal activity. Similarly, police...

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How Do You Deal With an Unethical, Productive Employee

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2014 | 3:51 PM

Business can be difficult, but business is business. Sometimes you have to do hard things because it's better for the organization. But deciding what is best for the organization can be a bit fuzzy at times.

Consider, for example, if you have a...

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Which Profanities Are Trending in Today's Movies? What Can Families do?

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 1:07 PM

Profanity has become more commonplace on-screen and online in recent years. However, new research shows the increasing rate of profanity use in today's Hollywood films. (See chart below.)

For example, in 1939, Gone with the Wind was the first film to use a profane word. Everybody remembers that line, Scarlet....

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Without WiFi, Life Would End (aka Teen Internet Addiction)

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 5:08 PM

The Internet is just like the world. It can be wonderful and amazing or frightening and terrible. Each person must choose the path to take.

On average, kids spend over 44.5 hours a week in front of a screen (i.e., smartphone, tablet, TV, computer, gaming console, etc).

A recent...

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Anyone Can Find Your Personal Info Online, Right Now

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 4:39 PM

Most people know that it is best to be safe and cautious when posting information on the Internet or social networks. But what most people don't know is just how much personal information can be found online.

Data Sales Inc.

For one thing, the data sales industry collects facts and...

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Facebook's 'Nearby Friends' May Be Trouble

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Facebook's new feature, Nearby Friends, will allow anyone to get closer to friends -- literally. In hopes of narrowing the gap between online and face-to-face interactions, Facebook's Nearby Friends will notify you via cell phone or other mobile device whenever you are near a Facebook friend.

Nearby Friends will need...

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What You Say Online Can and Will Be Used Against You

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 3:21 PM

It is no secret that Facebook, Google, Microsoft and others are targeting your personal data. They use complex methods to gather, store, and reuse information that is important to you.

They look at the things you post, the things you search for, the websites you visit, the things you...

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Fake Facebook Pages and Promos May Steal Your Identity

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 12:52 PM

Facebook estimates that between 5.5 percent and 11.2 percent (68 to 138 million) of its user accounts are fake. While most of these fake accounts pretend to be individuals, some are fake company pages.

Take Southwest Airlines, for example. If you search for "Southwest Airlines" on Facebook, it...

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Tips for Parents to Avoid 4 Online Traps for Kids

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 4:18 PM

Hand over your iPad or smartphone to a child these days and watch them -- immediately launching apps, playing games, sending messages, posting pictures, and watching videos.

It seems kids these days as young as two are very comfortable using technology. They just seem to "get it." They know...

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Facebook and Others Predict Life Events Based on What You Post

(3) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 8:18 AM

More than 1 billion users give Facebook their personal info every day, including basics such as name, city, school, employment, relationship status, interests, events attended, etc.

But in spite of the option to set your privacy settings to "high," Facebook continues to gather more and more data about you. In...

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Why You Should Care about Social Network Over-Sharing

(1) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Everybody has a "friend" on social media that clogs up the newsfeed with excessive posts and pics that are more nuisance than news. This "friend" may share too many items, too often. Let's face it, in some cases, that "friend" could be you.

Security and privacy experts recommend reviewing your...

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