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There are simply too many ways to move files into a windows system without leaving much trace. If you OS is recent, you have powershell installed which cah run HTTP(S) downloads easily and without creating any log, for instance. Or, as you noted, FTP. A simple way for the scammer to upload and execute some code easily would be to use the clipboard: start ...


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As written in @Rob's comment, the scammer is trying to get the S/N of your printers (information gathering, the first step in a social engineering attack) so later on will place the real scam: either call and pretend he's your legitimate printer supplier (after all, he knows the S/N of your printers) and persuade you to order cheap paper and toner supplies ...


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All an authenticated HTTPS connection does is validate that if https://www.example.com is shown in the address bar, that you are in fact connected to www.example.com. The certificate does not certify that www.example.com is not malicious in any way. An Extended Validation Certificate with a green highlight shown around the address bar will allow you to know ...


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Appropriate audiences is the right phrase to use. Certainly some missives are more appropriately cast in a manner that would make them palatable to the listener. The interaction between a group of two is entirely different from a crowd of thousands. Similarly, would you like to know that the doctor who treats your disease had a teenhood that encompassed ...


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I would like to quote Edward Snowden on this: Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say. Just because you have nothing to hide (you likely do, but let's assume you are really OK with your government, foreign ...


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For the fraud and "identity theft" angle on this, people should remember that dealing with it always takes someone's time and money. Identity theft can be extremely inconvenient or expensive, and your time is not usually covered by insurance. Another angle is price discrimination. "We see you have $1234.50 in your bank account, therefore the price of this ...


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Positive reasons Instead of a beach holiday, we joined a Christian Mission this summer in Malawi. We're keeping quiet about it in case the children are teased at school. I leapt into the road and saved a toddler's life. I just walked away because I don't want any fuss. Controlling dissemination My wife is pregnant, great news! We want to tell close ...


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Just to address one point: Credit card insurance protects them from fraud This makes several assumptions, none of which are to be relied on: You assume that the insurance will pay out. It would be safer to assume that the insurer will try to avoid paying out, and require you to prove that you didn't give away your card details. This may be tricky if ...


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One of the reasons to guard your privacy is that whilst the government is doing its best (ehem) to protect you from criminals, the latter also have methods to get the information about you, wire-tap your phones, and eavesdrop your communications. There are powerful crime syndicates out there that have the technical abilities of law enforcement. And this is ...


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There's a great short essay written by Bruce Schneier on the right of privacy: The most common retort against privacy advocates -- by those in favor of ID checks, cameras, databases, data mining and other wholesale surveillance measures -- is this line: "If you aren't doing anything wrong, what do you have to hide?" Some clever answers: "If ...



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