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Old 04-19-2016, 01:43 AM   #71
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What's PII/SPI?
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:22 AM   #72
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I didn't spend a lot of time on this. I just looked at the map, picked out a likely marker ( your profile says 17B and Santa Fe and that you are in Nanaimo ). You also said in your post that you are one of two houses on your block. I found where your marker currently is and then went to Street View to look around nearby. Found the trailer that I posted ( not yours. but I'm guessing near yours ).
People do reveal a lot of info if a bad guy has the time to spend sleuthing, but as posted above, there are easier ways to go about it. I spent about five minutes looking. There are two other 17Bs north of Nanaimo, but I didn't bother looking at them.
That was very interesting Glenn how you tried to figure that out. I went through the same steps you described but darn if I could find that house. I guess for the time being I'm still safe from an unexpected visit from you.
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Old 04-19-2016, 06:54 AM   #73
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That was very interesting Glenn how you tried to figure that out. I went through the same steps you described but darn if I could find that house. I guess for the time being I'm still safe from an unexpected visit from you.
Hi: sunrisetrucker... Anybody that steals my identity is welcome to it... as long as they take my debts also!!! Alf
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:20 AM   #74
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What's PII/SPI?
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pers...le_information
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Old 04-19-2016, 07:56 AM   #75
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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.
Other than all that techo-geek stuff, a good summary of the risks and situation here as I see them too.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:20 AM   #76
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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
I used to think that concerns about trailer theft were misplaced, but I recently found out otherwise. Last week I met a Canadian couple returning from Texas to Montreal. They are full-timers. The man told me that a few years ago they lived in a fifth-wheel trailer pulled by a Ram 2500. One day he went into a store in Drummond and when he came out his truck and trailer were gone, along with all of their possessions. He reported the theft to the police and waited to see if they would recover them.

After some time passed the cops told him that the theft was probably organized crime and that the truck and trailer were likely on containers somewhere, not to be seen in Canada again.

The couple now travels in a Bigfoot, which is a nice trailer btw. I was impressed with it.
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Old 04-19-2016, 10:02 AM   #77
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Is it not true that if you never share anything as "Public" or "Friends of friends" on Facebook, your information/pictures are only seen by people you know (assuming you never accept friend requests from people you don't know)? Or am I naive to think Facebook's privacy settings actually work as advertised?

(Sorry, Pat - I know Fb isn't the object of your question, but the discussion has pulled it in and now I am curious.)
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Old 04-19-2016, 11:40 AM   #78
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Is it not true that if you never share anything as "Public" or "Friends of friends" on Facebook, your information/pictures are only seen by people you know (assuming you never accept friend requests from people you don't know)? Or am I naive to think Facebook's privacy settings actually work as advertised?

(Sorry, Pat - I know Fb isn't the object of your question, but the discussion has pulled it in and now I am curious.)
Mary good question because we do Facebook too . Am also interested in answers . Pat
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:17 PM   #79
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The thread is labeled identity theft, but seemed geared toward possible burglary of the house while gone on vacation. Now it has veered toward theft of the trailer itself. From what I've seen there are many ways to protect your trailer from theft or at least make it harder to steal though nothing is foolproof and all discussed in many other places on the forum.

There has only been one Escape Trailer theft that has been listed on the forum here; Stolen Escape 19' (South Surrey). I do wonder if it has ever been found.

Protect yourself as you see fit. Insure your house, car and trailer against loss from accident and theft and then live your life. Fear is a terrible thing to live with and as others have pointed out why bother living that way.
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:30 PM   #80
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Now that I have read this thread, a new ad banner appears at the top of the page for me from "Identity Guard" Doesn't take 'em long!
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