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10 Online Security Myths

When it comes to online security, you can get in more trouble by believing things that just aren’t true. Here are the truths behind some common online-security myths that may be influencing your online security practices. If you know the truth, you can make better decisions about protecting yourself online. Here are some myths many people believe about online security.

My Password Is Secure

The truth is that the majority of passwords are far weaker than we think they are. For example, obscure long dictionary words are not good passwords. In fact, passwords shouldn’t be regular words at all. A passphrase with some special characters is by far the best—for example, instead of “kittens,” use “k1tt3n$.”

It’s Okay To Use A Single Secure Password For Different Accounts

You should never share passwords between accounts in different organizations. In other words, you don’t want your password for your bank account to be the same as your password for your Gmail account, your Twitter account, or your Facebook account. If a password is exposed on one account, then all your accounts are potentially exposed.

An Anti-Virus Solution Eliminates All My Worries

An anti-virus tool does not protect you from everything. No software program can prevent someone from doing dumb things like clicking on a suspicious link in an email or providing a bank account number to someone you don’t really know.

Mac Users Are Immune From Such Attacks

While it is true that there are currently less viruses targeting Mac users, more people are using Macs and iPhones these days, and as a result, we are already seeing malware that targets Macs.

Facebook And Twitter Friend’s Links Can Be Trusted

Because of the popularity of Facebook and Twitter, the same bad guys who have been sending spam via email and perpetrating online scams are now targeting social networks. These people have ways to post messages that look like they are from your friends but really aren’t.

How to stay under the radar, hide your guns, and other off grid caches…

A Locked Padlock Displayed On My Browser Means A Website Is Secure

Not all browsers use the locked-padlock symbol. Not only that, but cybercriminals are quite adept at reproducing it.

An Email From Someone I Know Is Always Okay To Respond To

If you get an email from a friend or relative saying something like, “I’m in Paris, and I was robbed. I can’t get home—please wire me money,” don’t fall for it. The likelihood of that is so small; you should try to contact that friend directly. Their account could have been compromised. Try to contact them, but not through their email account.

Authentic-Looking Email Can Be Trusted

Consider the context of an email and what it’s asking you. This can be hard, although sometimes the bad guys are comically inept. You have to ask if it makes sense for this person or business to be asking you for this information. Scammers tend to make their phishing expeditions time-sensitive. They often come just before Christmas or April 15th for good reason.

You Should Respond To The Scammer To Tell Them To Stop

If you respond and ask a spammer to remove you from his list, you’ll probably get more spam. Mark them as spam and forget them.

Viewing An Email Message Without Clicking On Any Attachments Or Links Is Safe

If you think an email is probably spam or a scam, don’t open it! There are ways an attacker can launch an email attack that doesn’t require you to click on a link—ways that can be just as dangerous as clicking on an infected attachment.

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Thursday, July 12th, 2012 Prepper Survival Comments Off on 10 Online Security Myths

President Bush protecting us from end of the world? DMT? Looking glass? Pineal Gland? ?

ATTENTION: Please read this, this will blow your mind. It is crazy stuff and makes you think really hard about our situations in the world and what will happen to us when we are gone. I’m 16 years old and I’m not someone trying to convince other people stuff. This is just really, really interesting information I found and I would like people to read what i write and watch this video I post.

Okay, I’m about 50 minutes into this video, and it’s about a lot of things leading up to the worlds end. I usually don’t even bother with these things but this one is extremely convincing. My friend was over earlier (around 10pm, its 2am now) and we were talking about astronomy and stuff and what happens when you die. I dont know how it got brought up, but when he left, I started searching stuff online and reading and an article led me to how the world would end on 2012. Now, I’ve head about this 2012 theory and the Mayan calender and never believed it, until I watched this video. It is pretty long (95 minutes) but please watch it. It doesnt have to be now, but when you have free time. I really want some feedback and comments about this. It is making me think so hard right now and I had to write something online and talk to people about it cause all my friends are sleeping. I’m not a weird hippie kid, I consider myself a jock, or a prep, so don’t think I’m all spiritual and drugged out. Just take the time out to watch this video. You have to watch it from start to finish because it all leads up and makes perfect sense. Its almost scary.

The link to the video is:

The beginning is a little slow but trust me, it is worth it when he starts pouring out the information. Email me about it, my email is (its my old email and im using it because I forgot the password to my new one)

You’ll be really interested once you watch it.
To that first comment, I know it sounds crazy. Bush being involved. Its weird. If you watch it, you will stop your b*tchin and actually think and use ur mind

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Saturday, August 13th, 2011 2012 Astrology 2 Comments

Does any one else believe this of Yahoo?

This was the original question I answered:
Question: What do astronomers think will be the significance of Dec 12, 2012?
Question Details: I am asking for astronomy based answers. thanks! Dec 21st!! Ooops! pls state if you are an actual astronomer. Raymond – Thank you! btw- The winter solstice Sun lined up with the galatic equator in 1998… and nothing happened.

This is what I tried to answer:
Deleted Answer: People who answer the truth to questions about 2012 better be careful. Their answers are turned in to Yahoo Customer Service as violations of terms of service, Community guidelines, and their answer is deleted. There is the threat from Yahoo about having their account suspended in either here Answers or all of Yahoo.

I got an email from Customer Service saying:
Violation Reason:Community Guidelines and/or Terms Of Service Violation

I wrote back to them this:
Since when is pointing out the result of a complaint about a truthful answer and its consequences with Yahoo Customer Service a violation of the community guidelines and terms of service?
Did I lie to someone? Whom did I insult? Are you joking?

Two times today I got the same email rejection of my cut-and-paste answer to 2012 questions.

(By the way, I think anything about 2012 predictions is baloney.)
I have had about 15 answers that were deleted for spurious reasons reinstated when I appealed before this 2012 mess.

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Thursday, April 14th, 2011 2012 Astrology 10 Comments

Does Astronomy & Space Remember the Troll?

The Trouble with Trolls
Do you all remember the A&S troll? He’s gone now, thank goodness. He cost people time, points and created general havoc. But especially damaging was his trolling in the 2012 questions. I bring this up only because I see a lot of "not so nice" and belligerent answers in some of the 2012 questions. Don’t set yourself up, guys. Keep your answers "unremovable" in its language. I started just using a copy and paste format that is well within the Y!A guidelines.

What are your ideas and thoughts on this?
Long story short, the "Troll" was someone who had multiple accounts and used them in any way possible to try and suspend the account of anyone with a Top Contributor badge. This went on for a very long time. It was not uncommon to see 5 or 6 thumbs down going down the list of answers to a question. He also used the accounts to falsely report TC’s to Yahoo! for abusive answers or answers that violated the guidelines/policies of Y!A. It was a bad time in A&S, but I think Yahoo! finally caught this sicko and terminated all the accounts he was using.
I guess the most disturbing thing I’ve found out is that Yahoo! did NOTHING about this guy; he simply moved on to another section. I just got an email from one of the other members that confirms this. So there you have it, people. Keep your answers within the Y!A guidelines b/c if he’s still out there, then the no-good pig will be back…..(yea, he’ll probably find this and I’ll get a violation in a couple of months).

Thanks for the comments and info and I appreciate everyone’s efforts to make A & S a good, informative section that is nice to participate in.

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Monday, February 21st, 2011 2012 Astrology 8 Comments

What is your take on this e-mail my ex girlfriend sent me, what is her intent?

Me and my ex have been on and off since April last year. disagreements and arguing forced us apart a couple times. We have not spoken to each other in 2 months. I sent her an e-mail about a month ago, and she seemed upset with it, and told me to cease contact with her; probably she didn’t want to be heard from me if all I was going to do was hurt her with the e-mail. Understandable. Anyway, I sent her an e-mail last night about astrology; something that she’s interested in, just to bury the hatchet and stop the hostility towards each other… and maybe just be civil and more mature to each other. We were supposed to be each others better half/soul-mate so to speak… but we ran into many problmes and neither one of us has been very happy apart and also not very happy in a relationship that’s meant to be– but wasn’t working liked we had hoped.

What do you think her attitude, demeanor, intent, or motive is… with what she is saying in her response? I can’t read her perfectly but I think she wants to end the hostility as well. I think maybe finally we stopped reacting with our emotions and came to our senses. What is your take on what she writes?

The e-mail:

"Impressive! Finally an email that is 100% accurate, minus the jabs! What stands out to me the most is that you FINALLY acknowledged the fact that I am a positive person. I can’t ****ing believe it! Are you feeling okay? Your ear has been leaking a lot of fluid again hasn’t it? LoL Seriously though, you are right. I do have a lot of bottled up negativity & though I try not to let it control me, at times it does. And you’re absolutely right in saying someone has to give me a reason. I was just analyzing this sh*t last night & I realized I have been depending way too much on external sources to fulfill my needs. 90% of the things I want from others is things I could but don’t give myself. Problem is, if I fulfill all my own needs a partner won’t be of much value to me. Been there done that. My conclusion is, we’ll all be dead in 2012 so f*** it! Lmao! No, i’m only joking. My real conclusion is, I’m damned if I do & i’m damned if I don’t. Nevertheless, I do not & will never fulfill my own sexual & emotional needs. So in the end i’ll just be a heartbroken, disappointed, lonely & horney old women. = )"

Thanks for any replies… I’m just looking for other opinions.
Jeff… i don’t think either one of us wants to reconcile. Neither one of us are anxious to get back into a stormy mess. We’re just both on the same page as far as civility is concerned. I believe she is where I’m at… she just wants to end the hostile relationship we had together/apart… and be kind to each other while we’re apart now. Establishing a relationship again would take a lot of work… and I’m not sure either one of even know if its possible for us based on our own wants, needs, demands. The feelings are still there for both of us, we just don’t know if we are able to even be in a relationship with each other. We kind of jumped in one throwing caution to the wind… and this is where it got us. She’ll try to speed things up, this is how she usually returns and wants to get back together. I believe it is my job to slow her down and keep her grounded. Make sure we can actually meet each others demands first, before ever jumping into a relationship. Maybe we’re bet
-ter off with other people and as friends, not enemies. I don’t know. But, I will find out. Smartly!

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Thursday, February 17th, 2011 2012 Astrology 4 Comments