Any - Postcodes - argybargy

Dunno whether I'm exceeding my authority here, but I've noticed that when people put up links to vehicle auction sites they often feature what I assume to be the poster's postcode.

Given the dangers from online fraud, scamming and identity theft, it might be an idea (if the site will allow you to do this) to clear your postcode details before posting the link.

Edited by argybargy on 21/12/2017 at 12:32

Any - Postcodes - Manatee

It's reasonable to draw attention to it. I use the postcode of some offices in Hemel Hempstead, several miles away, when searching Autotrader.

Any - Postcodes - Bromptonaut

It's something to be aware of but I for one use a dummy postcode, that of the local comprehensive school.

Any - Postcodes - RickyBoy

...John Lewis/CMK for me!

Also a 'dead' mobile number whern obtaining online insurance quotes, etc.

I like to 'exist' off-the-grid – heh...

...but, MC/HNY to all...

Any - Postcodes - concrete

The problem with most sites is they extract a high level of information from you before they are willing to part with information you want. If I sense the intrusion is too much I come off the site immediately. I have used 'dead' e mail and telephone numbers etc to stave off the unwanted spam when they sell your details on. There is probably a law against what they do, but as usual in this fair country it is far too archane and extremely difficult for the average person to invoke it against these leary sites. Just be very circumspect when surfing online for anything.

Cheers Concrete

Any - Postcodes - Smileyman

I generally use the postcode for where I used to work ... the office was closed down and all staff made redundant so there is no guilt on my part! (that was 2012)

Any - Postcodes - RobJP

I generally use the postcode for where I used to work ... the office was closed down and all staff made redundant so there is no guilt on my part! (that was 2012)

Ditto - the postcode I use is 4-5 miles from home, my old employer.

Any - Postcodes - SteveLee

Yes, I've pm'd people about this before - and may have posted on the matter too.

Any - Postcodes - oldroverboy.

And not only that. if you are on a laptop or tablet switch off your microphone and camera. you are being randomly watched and listened to.

If you have siri/cortana or alexa be careful what you say.

Do not use any password or login savers on any computer.

Run a security scan before doing online banking but after you have cleared your search history and deleted all cookies. when you have finished online banking do it again.

I was almost caught a couple of years ago with one of the major banks and although i was aware that something was amiss, the said bank didn't really care. so no more online banking with them.

also "dead" mobile number

Edited by oldroverboy. on 22/12/2017 at 06:39

Any - Postcodes - argybargy

Good to hear you guys are on the ball, and particularly good advice, ORB.

I do actually use my own postcode when searching Autothingy, but I remove it if posting links elsewhere.

Slightly unrelated, but we had an incident locally a few years back where the staff in a petrol station were using a cloning machine to duplicate debit cards being used by customers to pay for fuel, then employing the cloned cards to fund illicit purchases and other activities. My son was done to the tune of about 100 quid but he did get it back, eventually. Talk was that these guys were using the money to raise money for the Tamil Tigers. It was a small chain of about 3 garages, and the boss was eventually prosecuted and, I think, jailed.

Any - Postcodes - RickyBoy

..."Talk was that these guys were using the money to raise money for the Tamil Tigers."...

...Same happened to me many years ago. Consequently, have only ever used cash for fuel purchases since...

Any - Postcodes - argybargy

..."Talk was that these guys were using the money to raise money for the Tamil Tigers."...

...Same happened to me many years ago. Consequently, have only ever used cash for fuel purchases since...

Same here, and it amazes me how many folks continue to use cards for so many small transactions.

My son's problem was that he would buy fuel and small items by card from the garage on the way to and from work every day, often more than twice a day--drinks, choccy bars, fags when he was still a smoker, etc--and because he was using his card literally dozens of times each week, he lost track of what was happening to his account.

The skimmers did that thing where they take a small amount to check whether you notice and whether your account is active, and then started taking larger amounts until eventually he twigged when he ran out of money sooner than he expected. The bank were pretty good and he got his money back within a few days.

Edited by argybargy on 22/12/2017 at 18:08

Any - Postcodes - FP

ORB gives good advice here.

I would add: don't ever allow websites to save your credit card details. When mine was used to purchase bitcoin in several transactions (which I fortunately picked up very quickly), the c/c company told me it was likely someone had compromised one of the websites I had used to make a purchase. I was reimbursed, by the way.

Secondly, if you're using Windows 10, raise your privacy options to the maximum. Go to Windows Settings > Privacy and review everything there. It's a very long list - go through the whole thing patiently and switch off as much as you can, making sure you understand the implication of each option.

Thirdly, don't just switch off your camera; when you're not using it put masking tape over it if it's a laptop (even Zuckerberg of Facebook fame does this), or put the shutter down if it's attached to your PC.

I will not have anything to do with Siri, Cortana or Alexa.

I use CCleaner to get rid of all cookies etc. every evening before shutting down the PC, and also back up all data to a separate hard drive that is not plugged in until the last moment.

Make sure your anti-virus is up to date and do periodic scans with something like Malwarebytes.

Be very careful not to click on links to anything you don't expect or don't understand, especially if it's an e-mail. At the moment I'm plagued by dodgy-looking messages saying my Apple account needs updating or whatever. As I don't have an account with Apple I don't react, except to report them as phishing.

Edited by FP on 22/12/2017 at 13:20

Any - Postcodes - Warning

There is some good advice. I share your concerns.

They track people via cookies. Now they are storing stuff called 'file system' objects. On my browser, I notice is deletes the cookes when I clear my cache, but not the file system objects. I don't know if this is the same for other web browsers, because you don't know that it has really done.

Also, if you use GoogleMaps, drivers are being tracked all the time. I turn off my GPS when not in use and also, put in some other location.

I was in Central London and I noticed an exhibition sponsored by Mozilla. Their aim was to help people reduce their digital footprint....

blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/10/24/mozilla-and-tacti.../

 

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