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Announcement PSA: Internet Security & Sharing Personal Info

Discussion in 'Forum News and Updates' started by John Foulroberts, Oct 18, 2016.

  1. Matthew Savage Fury

    Matthew Savage Fury Honorable Pirate

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    Unless they ask nicely and say please :D ....... Jk :laugh: --> "most people on this forum are mature" xD''' :p
     
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  2. PrivateRiley

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    I say that if they cook you a decent meal and show you a good time then they're probably a pretty awesome person and therefore will probably only hack you if you don't say thank you.
     
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  3. John Foulroberts

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    I think some people are missing the boat on what I wrote - or are just choosing to be amusing on a serious subject.

    It's important that everyone is aware of the trouble one can get themselves into if they hand over their information to the wrong person - especially if it's in plaintext in a PM somewhere. Once an attacker has enough information they can easily start searching your name and finding your friends and relatives. Depending if money was involved or not, you could also be facing a balance of $0 in your bank account and have to file an identity theft report.

    This stuff is serious. There's a time and place for memes and jokes, but due to recent events I felt the need to address this topic. Not pointing fingers at anyone in particular, but I wanted to clarify the intent of this thread.
     
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  4. Matthew Savage Fury

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    True True : ) If u don't know the person face to face and haven't talked to them for a while... then dont show them any info : ) case closed :stars:
     
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  5. tom da ninja boy

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    what he is talking about here is not really funny at all. its actually pretty serious, hacking happens all the time and it gets people in serious trouble. cant be too safe when you use the internet.
     
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  6. Hector wargull

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    No offense intended towards anyone, but it seems like a lot of these PSA's can be summed up as "Don't be stupid"
     
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  7. Matthew Savage Fury

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    :thumbsup: :D :bang:
     
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  8. Charlotte HeartHawk

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    OMG yes that would of scared me as well, for sure
     
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  9. Jack Treasurehunter

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    Heh, ain't that the truth.
     
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  10. SamMcCloud

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    I am stubborn so yay!
     
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    I'll Keep My Eye On It
     
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  12. Johnny Mak

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    On a lower scale than identity theft, but equally terrifying, before potco shut down I do remember quite a few female users including some members of this forum, clicking random links or whatever it was but the person (predator in my opinion) was taking pictures and watching them through their own web cams. This topic isn't remotely supposed to be humorous... It's about informing our public to keep you all safe... No matter who the person is, sharing personal information 9 times out of 10 backfires...be smart, don't be sorry, just be careful
     
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  13. Jack Treasurehunter

    Jack Treasurehunter Wanted Pirate

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    Better safe than sorry!
     
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  14. TeaboltKris2Sheds

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    Well thats sound advice!
     
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  15. Solomon Helmfitte

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    Well said John! You only need to watch a couple of episodes of Dr Phil and those poor women who have sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to Nigeria (scams that everyone already knows about for 20 years) to understand how gullible the human heart can be in the hands of manipulative without principles criminals. (Quote from "O Brother Where Art Thou": “It's a fool that looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart.”)

    View: https://youtu.be/lYasyRjLbFU


    We all need reminding now and then, here it feels "like home" and there in lies the risk. Meanwhile we must not let these things turn into paranoia because largely you would have to give a lot of specific details for it to be of any real risk and if you are a target of a professional hacker you may not need to give any details.

    So heads up but most people are just what they seem to be, thank goodness (apart from the ones that smile are friendly and then mug you... been there)

    Good will to all mankind, love, peace and joy... Merry Christmas!:tree:
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  16. jamesc1997

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    1password and other password management program are a bad idea due to the fact the they all sync to server or dropbox
    so if the server or dropbox account is compromised you password are all out in open so thats fact one fact two get good
    anti virus software bitdeffender avast malwarebyte and norton are all good choices three if your computer gets infected with tons of viruses wipe the system and reinstall your copy of windows mac linix unix whatever you run dont click on random ads on side of sites they can infect your computer also dont click any randoms link with out knowing what it is
    thats it really just be careful when online
     
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  17. Jim Hexskull

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    Very well said John. I think it's extremely important to practice internet safety, especially right now. With Beta Keys being all the rage as everyone tries to secure their place in the game, some players will be willing to do anything to get their hands on one. I know it's been said before in threads pertaining specifically to beta keys, but I'll say it again here. If someone offers to sell you a beta key DO NOT FALL FOR IT. Trust me, that being able to play whenever you want is NOT worth losing your personal info. People who have your personal information, and malicious intent can and will ruin your life. They could open loans. open credit cards, and all sorts of other things that could ruin your credit and life. It's just not worth it folks.
     
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  18. Roger_ Gunshot

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    I agree completely, one can never be too safe when on the internet. AdBlocker can get rid of ads, and thus help in preventing some viruses obtained through those ads.
    My advice is to never fully trust someone on the internet that you don't know in real life. If they say that they're this age, they could be so much older than that and trying to scam people. Always harbor some sort of suspicion in the back of your mind that says "This person may not really be who he/she says they are." Don't think about it to the point of paranoia, but just be cautious, and don't be dumb with your personal information. One of the best ways to prevent people from getting into your computer and getting your passwords/usernames is instead of having it saved somewhere on the computer, have it written down. It may sound old fashioned, but if that person is already in your computer, then nothing that you have on it is safe, they can access almost whatever they want. If you have them written down, the person cannot see what passwords/usernames you use.
     
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  19. jamesc1997

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    yup adblock is a must
     
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  20. jamesc1997

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    and ya write them down nothing is safe online in terms of password managers
     
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