Practical Security Lessons *updated*

Posted by MWS On Sunday, July 21, 2013 0 comments
*My deepest apologies to all my email and RSS subscribers. I posted this article (that Angela shared with me) via my mobile and due to technical glitches, it was posted four times. I was not aware of it till a few minutes later and deleted the posts in my blog. Unfortunately, this post may still appear four times in the RSS feeds because once a feed is burnt, it may be undone. My deepest apologies for inconvenience caused. I will make sure this will not happen again.

Subject:  Not all thieves are stupid

1.  Some people left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose
while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on
the car's registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to
the people's home in Pebble Beach and robbed it. So I guess if we are
going to leave the car in long-term parking, we should NOT leave the
registration/insurance cards in it, nor your remote garage door
This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

2.  GPS.
Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game.
Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football
stadium and specially allotted to football fans.  Things stolen from
the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS
which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.  When the victims
got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just
about everything worth anything had been stolen.  The thieves had used
the GPS to guide them to the house.  They then used the garage remote
control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house.  The
thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time
the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they
had to clean out the house.  It would appear that they had brought a
truck to empty the house of its contents.
Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address
in it... Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can
still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know
where you live if your GPS were stolen.

I never thought of this.......
This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her
cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained
her cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen.  20 minutes
later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had
happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number
and I've replied a little while ago.'  When they rushed down to the
bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.
The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in
the contact list and got hold of the pin number.  Within 20 minutes he
had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.
Moral of the lesson:
    a.  Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in
your contact list.  Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby,
Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc....
    b.  And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked
through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
    c.  Also, when you're being texted by friends or family to meet
them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came
from them.  If you don't reach them, be very careful about going
places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.

4.  Purse in the grocery cart scam...
A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse
sitting in the children's seat of the cart while she reached something
off a shelf...wait till you read the WHOLE story!  Her wallet was
stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel.  After returning
home, she received a phone call from the Mall Security to say that
they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did
still hold her personal papers.  She immediately went to pick up her
wallet, only to be told by Mall Security that they had not called her.
By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into
and burglarized.  The thieves knew that by calling and saying they
were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough
for them to burglarize it.

Even if this does not pertain to you....Pass it on to your family and friends.

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