Computer Security and Scams Discussed, Explored

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF

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Members discuss various aspects of computer security, starting with a concern about privacy should a device's camera be activated remotely.

Explorer Rita reports having been 'phished', and how she handled the incident. She recommends vigilance, since fraudulent websites are nearly impossible to detect. Bruce describes the bogus IRS collection phone calls that he has been receiving. As well, fraudulent vendor calls for cash (to pay 'overdue' utility bills) are now common.

Explorer AnnieScott reports receiving emails infected with links that are designed to cause trouble.

Bruce reports a new electronic scanning device being used by thieves to 'read' remote car locking devices and open the car after the driver 'locks' it and walks away. The group explores how to protect credit cards and passports containing RFID chips, and listen with interest to members who suggest where to find products containing RFID blockers. 

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from Sequoias, San Francisco circle discussion April 12th, 2016.


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Key words: 
computer security, phishing, fraud, scams