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DougCP

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Posted: 06/27/12 12:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"Marketers can use this information to build a detailed dossier on you. They know your interests. They can guess your annual income and how much your house is worth and may even know your medical problems.
And then there are malicious sites that will use this information to attack you. They can target specific vulnerabilities in your software. They can craft phishing attacks based on the banking sites you use."
(italics mine)

The above quote is from a web site about PCs and mobile devices. I
have known marketers keep info on people's web site usage and then
you get ads, as a result. Like when I visit RV related sites, I then
get RV ads. But, I'm gonna get some type of ad. That's how sites
make money. That's a long way from developing a phishing scam, that
I will fall for. People on the phone have tried doing that back in
the 1980s. The sites I do use to make transactions, have an image
to help make sure that you're at the right site.

I really don't think anyone is gonna fool me that way. I have seen some very good e-mails, that look like a major bank I do business with. I was not duped and I reported it. I keep track of the
images and I do not store my critical info on any browser. That info
is in hand writing, stored in a file cabinet. So, I believe that
stops a lot of possible problems, like those programs that would
collect and send out passwords and user names. It doesn't take very
long to type in a bank's web address. So, that's part of my overall
security.

I just wonder about the privacy issue. Someone out there can tell I'm into RVs, pets, military and nature history and some other things.
But so what, I do not see that making me a target, or that info
being of any real significance. There are many different scams out
there in the real world. I just don't see how my surfing history
makes me more vulnerable.

powderman426

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Posted: 06/27/12 12:36pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is there a question in there somewhere???


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Use Google Chrome, incognito tab if you're worried

2oldman

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DougCP wrote:

so what, I do not see that making me a target, or that info being of any real significance.
Agree. There's always somebody somewhere all in a paranoia frenzy about privacy. It's what seeded the HIPAA laws and what keeps the medical profession steeped in 1950s technology.

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powderman426 wrote:

Is there a question in there somewhere???


My question is; Does marketing data and surfing history that we all know is being collected on people, have anything to do with the scams out
there. That unfortunately some people fall for? I really don't see a connection.

How about the "target specific vulnerabilities in your software", part
of the quote?

About all I know to do about that, is keep my browsers and other programs up to date. Anything else that can be done about that, I'm not aware of?

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Posted: 06/27/12 05:24pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

http://www.abine.com/
This site has a free program to stop the tracking in its tracks! In fact right now it has stopped two tracking companys on this site. Have used it for several months and works very well giving you the site names that it is blocking.


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Posted: 06/27/12 05:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

DougCP--

Is it possible that your first name is "Doug"? And here you are (on an RV site) wondering how to keep your browser from releasing information about you without your permission?

To answer your question: YES, professional scammers assemble dosiers on a pool of targets, trolling the internet for individual pieces of information from which they assemble attackable vulnerabilities. Many people dismiss this threat, but if you are expecting a Fedex and that morning recieve an email from Fedex apologizing for a delay and asking for your personal information, many people would not slow down to make sure the email is from Fedex.

Sound like a lot of bother for a thief? They use computers!

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Posted: 06/27/12 06:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wcjeep wrote:

Use Google Chrome, incognito tab if you're worried
yes use the absolute worst offender... just do NOT log in to Chrome.

Dave


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Posted: 06/28/12 02:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Interesting

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schneid wrote:

Interesting


Is that your new tag line?

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