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Old 04-18-2016, 08:36 PM   #61
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After watching 60 minutes tonight I had a question because program got me thinking . Anyone can join the forum ? So a unethical person would know what and where all the trailers are located ? If they came to your home and you are supposed to have this trailer and it isn't there , you probably aren't home ? What are others thoughts on this ? Pat
Honestly if you park your trailer at your house...everyone in the neighborhood knows when you are gone. An unethical person on this forum coming to your house is highly unlikely.

But at the same time, when your car isn't in your driveway...most likely you aren't home.

In CA, it is not uncommon for a grieving family's residence to be burglarized during the funeral especially if the death was on the news.

Social media also contributes. When we go on a trip NO ONE knows until we get back..if at all. Broadcasting your plans is setting yourself up to say hey...I'm going to (insert destination for a week) feel free to burglarize my house.

Identity theft is totally something different.

We fly "way under" the radar...something that was engrained into lives for a reason

I hope this answers your question.
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Old 04-18-2016, 08:39 PM   #62
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In the summer it's not unusual for burglars to enter a home through an open window or unlocked sliding glass door, etc. AND the owners are home and asleep. Frankly, I'd rather be gone and out camping if they're coming into my home. YMMV
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Old 04-18-2016, 09:35 PM   #63
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This thread has been an interesting read. I bring my perspective of having just retired from my 18 years of work in the Canadian justice system. I know that other forum members also have similar work experience.

Yes there are very smart criminals out there. I've met a few of them. But, I sincerely doubt that the truly smart nefarious criminal types are lurking around our forum in order to learn when they can do a B/E. Those guys are too busy running their crews.

Yes there are smart street level criminals doing B/Es but again it is highly unlikely they are lurking. They are too busy trying to get the $ for their next high. ID theft is another thing. Same as the basic precautions we take when leaving for our holidays. Frankly, I'm more concerned about posting pictures of my grandchildren on Facebook where a sex offender could take a fancy and begin to collect information.

Our property protection is unique because we live with our children and up till now we take alternating away dates. For one, we are stuck with feeding their cats so we stay home when they are away.

I'd say we should all just be thoughtful and, on this Forum, only share whatever personal information we are comfortable with being out there on the Net.

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Old 04-18-2016, 09:42 PM   #64
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Somebody borrowed my credit card
numbers a few years ago. They bought three plane tickets, two to Turkey and one across Turkey. $2700. I paid nothing, my visa provider took
care of getting me a new card. Months later a $2700 credit appeared on my monthly bill. They had been caught and made restitution. Once we got that straightened out, my new card was again compromised at the local Walmart. Again no problem. I got too much going on to worry about some lightweight thieves. Remember, you can leave a pick axe on any job site and it will be there the next day,
Nobody will steal something that is work to operate.
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Old 04-18-2016, 10:39 PM   #65
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Frankly, I'm more concerned about posting pictures of my grandchildren on Facebook where a sex offender could take a fancy and begin to collect information.

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I think the statistics show that the perp is more likely to be a family member, so they'd probably have their own pictures from Thanksgiving.
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Yea, the offender is likely someone the victim knows, like a relative.
The other kind also exists.
For my money, although I post on it, Facebook can be a dangerous place
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I've almost completed unfollowing most of the people posting on my Facebook. If I get bored, I've got 27 'friends' that are waiting approval. Then I can unfollow them.
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I've almost completed unfollowing most of the people posting on my Facebook. If I get bored, I've got 27 'friends' that are waiting approval. Then I can unfollow them.
Reminds me of the anti Mr Rogers "could you not be mine"
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The OPs original question isn't about identity theft. It's about social engineering attacks and crimes that leverage social media.

These are real concerns, no doubt. Criminals evolve in their methods as society evolves. With the web being so universal, and with so much information readily available, it's relatively easy to become a victim if proper precautions aren't taken.

I deal with securing PII/SPI every day. It's part of my job as a cyber security professional. Securing this information does include not providing PII on social media sites and forums. Most of the recommended precautions fall under what I'd call common sense.

But, to the original point, you also have to look at not just what information you provide, but how likely it is that the information could be misused. So, on the subject of using an owner's map, which is very non specific, to conclude that an owner isn't home because their trailer isn't there? This is a serious reply to the question. The serious reply is that there's little to no threat here.

You are hundreds of times more likely to fall victim to credit card fraud or real identity theft from the breach of your PII, than to be burglarized because your trailer is on the owners map.

On a side note, it may appear that a reply of "I choose not to live in fear" is just a statement and not an answer, or that it's flippant. I consider it just the opposite. I consider it an informed opinion, based on risk analysis and likely outcomes. As such, I heartily agree. One could be struck by lightning when it's raining, so one possible precaution would be to avoid the rain at all costs. A more informed approach would be not to avoid the rain, but to avoid a lightning storm while standing on a hill and holding up a golf club.

Cyber security is no different.
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The OPs original question isn't about identity theft. It's about social engineering attacks and crimes that leverage social media.

These are real concerns, no doubt. Criminals evolve in their methods as society evolves. With the web being so universal, and with so much information readily available, it's relatively easy to become a victim if proper precautions aren't taken.

I deal with securing PII/SPI every day. It's part of my job as a cyber security professional. Securing this information does include not providing PII on social media sites and forums. Most of the recommended precautions fall under what I'd call common sense.

But, to the original point, you also have to look at not just what information you provide, but how likely it is that the information could be misused. So, on the subject of using an owner's map, which is very non specific, to conclude that an owner isn't home because their trailer isn't there? This is a serious reply to the question. The serious reply is that there's little to no threat here.

You are hundreds of times more likely to fall victim to credit card fraud or real identity theft from the breach of your PII, than to be burglarized because your trailer is on the owners map.

On a side note, it may appear that a reply of "I choose not to live in fear" is just a statement and not an answer, or that it's flippant. I consider it just the opposite. I consider it an informed opinion, based on risk analysis and likely outcomes. As such, I heartily agree. One could be struck by lightning when it's raining, so one possible precaution would be to avoid the rain at all costs. A more informed approach would be not to avoid the rain, but to avoid a lightning storm while standing on a hill and holding up a golf club.

Cyber security is no different.
I got it Robert but I also was thinking about information on where these trailers are located . These trailers are becoming more of interest including low life's . Brings in more money then stick built trailers I am sure . That was my main concern . Pat
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