Posted by: Katie Cottle | September 17, 2009

Technology Help

I got this in an email and thought it had some good points – so I’m sharing! 
A couple of weeks ago a friend told me that someone she knew 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 mobile 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money was already withdrawn..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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their  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: 
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….
And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts,  
CONFIRM by calling back.

Also, when you’re being text 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.

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