I have now had 5 cards wiped out because stores dont bother keeping their systems secure:(
I think congress should pass some consumer protection laws, to penalize merchants who have data breaches:(
Require the merchant to pay 100% of the costs to replace every card, plus give the consumer 100 bucks a pop for the inconvenience....
I espically hate all the pre authorized transactions like ez pass. I just got the target mess fixed and now I have to start all over again...
of course congress, espically the republicans could care less about the common person. Their only concerns are getting more bucks to run for reelection from big business.
I am sick and tired of spending days straitening out hassles like this:(
Our Democrat in Chief has been displaying his true
side, with the Behghazi coverup (our boys died) and
the Sgt. T in Mexican prison, and o doesn't do much
about it. How about the Latte salute?
Ever heard of paying cash?
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
I've lost confidence in both sides. The Libs propose
legislation, the Reps bluff and bluster for a few
weeks, and sure enough it passes. Two sides of one
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
On Thursday, September 25, 2014 7:53:40 AM UTC-4, Stormin Mormon wrote:
You make it sound like the Republicans are passing most of what
the Democrats want. In fact, compared to previous Congresses, very
little is being passed. Not that I'm complaining. It's just that if the
Republicans were doing what you say, it would, IMO, be a whole lot worse.
They do bother. The problem is humanity. There will always be
thieves. The fact is, if a human devises a security plan, no matter
how good it is, another human will find a way to break it. No matter
how smart and clever you are, there is always someone smarter and more
clever than you.
It will happen again no matter how strong the security seems to be.
You can be sure that as you read this, some hacker is trying to be to
your bank or retailers you shop at. It will never stop.
On Thursday, September 25, 2014 5:56:56 AM UTC-4, Ed Pawlowski wrote:
Now, now Ed. The clear problem here is the Republicans. Despite the fact that
Obama is president and the Democrats control the Senate. If just the
Democrats controlled the House too, there would be no more computer crime.
The govt is good at computer security. We just need more of it so they can
apply the same systems and techniques that kept all our top secret NSA
data secure. NSA data that by the way, didn't have to interface at all to
hundreds of millions of consumers doing billions of transactions.
Can I have an AMEN. As consumers, we have to be vigilant, watch our
accounts every day, make our passwords harder and harder to crack,
change them often, and when it is the fault of a merchant, we have to
make sure the credit card companies cover us. And make sure you know the
privacy policies of every company you deal with. And most of all, make
sure your own computer is patchable and patched. Run firewalls and put
your ISP provided router in stealth mode. And don't open emails from
someone you don't recognize, and even if you do, don't click their links.
Not always a good idea. If the bad guys did not manage to
crack the first one, it is not a good idea to give them a new
one to start over on.
And the bad guys are going around your passwords a lot now
days with key loggers and cracking the vendors databases.
Maybe. XP is not patched. Last I looked, W7 is getting infected
slightly more than XP.
Microsoft Operating system (Windows) are really bad from
a security standpoint. Consider switching to security
hardened operating system, such as Fedora Linux.
Microsoft is such chuckle heads when it comes to security.
Quality too for that manner. Windows Frankenstein (w8)
Excellent idea. Those el-cheap-o routers for $70.00 are
not firewalls, by the way.
Change the internal network away from the defaults.
The script kiddies know how to get around Network
Address Translation (NAT) routers on 192.168.0.0/24
and 192.168.1.0/24. Change it to something like
1) Outlook can execute them automatically. Don't
use Microsoft browsers or eMail programs.
2) The bad guys will steel the infected person's
address book and pick someone as the "From:".
So, there is a really good chance you will
recognize the "From:" name.
So, don't open anything "Cheesy" that has little
or no intimate knowledge of your relationship with
the "From:" person. If in doubt, call the sender
on the phone and ask them if they sent it.
Don't do anything private on line. No bill
paying, no banking, etc.. If you absolute have to,
use a Linux Live CD
And switch to cash when you can. Credit cards
It has been proven that cracking passwords takes a certain amount of
time, I'm not up on how long these days, but changing passwords
regularly throws off their ability to crack it before the next change.
I'm a Windows person and hard to convince to convert but the more I have
to work with open source software at work, the more comfortable I get
with the *nix.
Very good idea.
We just have to be more careful and watch our accounts. I won't give up
CC's for cash just yet.
It is a big debate in security circles. Cracking usually takes a
few minutes using hashes. I have had to crack users password before
and that is about how long it took me. A few I could not crack,
no matter how many times I ran the routine. (It is easier just to
reset their password to blank. That always works)
The big debate is if they failed to crack your password the first
time, why give them a new one they may be able to crack the
next time through. Some IT folks knees jerk pretty hard
when the subject arises.
I just use a huge, nasty password. And, never reuse a password
on other sites!
Also, with Fedora Linux, you can encrypt your entire
hard drive. If you have anything sensitive or private
on it, it is a real good idea. You can do it with
Windows to, but it is a super pain in the arse! It
is quite seamless in Fedora.
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