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Using Google Alerts, IFTTT, and BoxCar to protect your information

Published - Saturday, April 27, 2013

Google alerts is a service from Google that will send you an email or update a RSS feed when it's crawler hits new data from your search term(s). IFTTT is a service that lets you set up actions in response to triggers. BoxCar is a service that let you send custom notifications to your phone. I've combined all three of these services to help protect my personal information online.

I've spoken about BoxCar in the past (I wrote my own .net wrapper to their web API, available on nuget). I've used both Google alerts and IFTTT for a while. However it was only recently that I thought of combining them all in order to get almost instantaneous alerts on my phone whenever any information is posted on the internet that I need to know about right away. I've already had this system tell me when apparently Kevin Kinnett was arrested multiple times recently. I look really bad in that picture ;-)

Maybe 5 years ago I set up some Google alerts to update RSS feeds search for several numbers that I would never ever want to see appearing anywhere on the internet. These include several of my credit card numbers, my social security number, my drivers licence number, etc. Luckily these Google alerts have never hit.

I then set up a IFTTT 'trigger', which in this case is an new post on each RSS feed. IFTTT then sends a message to my BoxCar account, which I have set up on my phone. I get an almost instant notification and link to the relevant information and I can take action if need be. 


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I am Kevin Kinnett, a software developer in Atlanta, GA.More about me.

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I am a Senior Software Engineer/Consultant working for Innovative Architects.

Innovative Architects is a Gold Certified Microsoft Consulting company located in Duluth, GA, right outside of Atlanta.

I am mainly engaged with BizTalk development projects, although I also specialize solving business needs using ASP.NET, and Sharepoint among others.


I my previous position I was a Software Engineer working for ADAM Inc.

Adam specializes in software for employers, benefits brokers and healthcare organizations which provide customizable health solutions to help hospitals, managed care organizations, and consumer web sites become an integral part of the online consumer healthcare experience.

I was responsible for several mission critical applications, including being on the 2 person team that was charged with the final stages of the rewrite of the company’s flagship product


In a previous position I was a Software Engineer working for Nexidia

Nexidia has applied years of research and development to deliver a comprehensive range of solutions for audio and video search. Nexidia works with some of the world’s largest contact centers, rich media companies, government agencies, and legal firms to help them realize the amazing possibilities now discoverable in audio and video content.

I was part of serveral .NET application development projects including standalone tools, applications, and frameworks used to perform system testing, automated functional testing, load testing, and automated UI testing. Also applications for continous integration and automated deployment of configurable complex data sets into installed products.


While attending Kennsaw State University I majored in Computer Science

While in the STARS program, I developed a software application to keep track of the audio/visual equipment the department loans out, which is currently in use and written in Java Swing and uses a MySQL database for persistence

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