Spreading Some Non-Profit Love

LoftusLaw is decidedly for profit.  However, it is important to give back.  Not only does it feel good to give, it is just the right thing to do.  Hopefully I can inspire some giving here, by telling you a little bit about my favorite charities.

World Wildlife Fund

I like WWF, because of their support of professional wrestling… ha ha, /r/dadjokes.  Actually, my support of WWF began after a few glasses of wine and a WWF commercial starring some adorable elephants.  I was compelled by the opportunity to ‘adopt’ an elephant, although I am not sure the customer service representative appreciated my somewhat inebriated pattern of speech at 11:00pm on a Tuesday.  Needless to say, I have been a regular contributor ever since.  Charity Navigator gives them 3 stars out of a possible 4.

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Back in 2012, I had an opportunity to volunteer at Greater Chicago Food Depository for an evening, during which I put together boxes of food for families in need.  The people at GCFD are great, and it was abundantly clear to me that these people are doing great things in the community and definitely have their heart in the right place.  And if all that isn’t enough to convince you, Charity Navigator gives them a perfect 4 star rating.

Chicago Animal Advocates

I know the founder of CAA personally, and I can attest without reservation that every penny donated to CAA goes to dogs, cats and other animals right here in Chicagoland.  They have saved hundreds of animals from being euthanized and brought joy to countless families by matching them with loving animal companions.  You won’t find a Charity Navigator score, but you don’t need it because I can personally vouch for this one.

Charity Navigator

I mentioned Charity Navigator several times already.  Although it is not a charity itself, I love the idea that someone has done some work to vet the various charities to whom I might want to give money.  Few things are more frustrating than to find out that 98% of my donation to a particular charity goes to the CEO’s salary.  You can use Charity Navigator to find charities that actually do good and click right through to make a donation.

Do you have a favorite charity?  Feel free to comment below!  Nothing would bring me more joy than to find out that this blog post inspired even one donation!  So rather than my usual call to action, this time I encourage your to click through to one of the charities above and make a difference in the world.


It Always Feels Like Somebody’s Watching Me!

At first glance, this picture does not look particularly controversial or even interesting. But if you look closely, there is something extremely important going on here. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has placed a piece of tape over the webcam on his computer. It’s a remarkably low-tech solution to a fairly high tech problem, which is that hackers have figured out how to access the camera in your computer to spy on you.

The process of hacking a webcam is a bit too complicated to explain concisely here. If you are curious about the details, I recommend checking out episode 5 of the Hackable? podcast.

How you can protect yourself:

First and foremost, be skeptical of any link or attachment you receive in your email in box. If you get a link or attachment from someone you do not know, don’t click it! This is how they get you. If you have any question, contact the sender to make sure they actually sent the content to you before you click the link or open the attachment. Better safe than sorry.

Secondly, cover your camera! Zuckerberg’s low-tech and low cost solution works great! You can use tape or a post-it. If that is a little too boring or lacking in style, or you don’t want to have to rip a piece of tape from your camera when you want to use it, you can get a little slider device from etsy.

It’s a scary world out there when people can, in some cases, peer right into your bedroom through your computer camera. Fortunately, protecting yourself is fairly easy and cheap.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me at 773-632-8330 or patrick@loftus-law.com.  And finally, as always, I am honored by your referrals.  To learn more about my practice, please shoot me a line!  And if you are looking to buy or sell property, I would love to set you up with one of my fantastic real estate brokers.