|Mick Charity||11/01/2019 18:28:12|
|322 forum posts|
It is, you are absolutely right. It's what we call an 'idiot tax'.
|Mike Poole||11/01/2019 19:07:28|
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As I had to get a new email after the withdrawal of my old freeserve one I have only given it to bona fide businesses and people who really need it, I have a minimal amount of spam now. My landline has always been ex directory and again only given out on a need to know basis, unsolicited calls are rare which is a shame as I quite enjoy a bit of sport with the muppets on the other end. I had a genuine call from my bank one day and it makes their life difficult when you test them but the lady was happy to answer any questions that would prove it was a genuine call. It was a shame I had to return my work mobile when I retired as I used to get quite a few entertaining calls about my accident that I never had.
|Chris Trice||11/01/2019 19:14:15|
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Since the change in the law where websites now have to ask you to accept their cookies, it's interesting when exploring the cookie settings of such websites how much information they want and to who they're passing it on to. Pretty much every website does it which means a buck is being made along the way. Those that allow me to deny all such requests get my patronage. Those that do not, get no traffic from me. Some do allow you to deny all cookie requests but will still let you read the website (BBC News for example) but the most annoying are those that instantly throw up an "Accept Cookies" window that obscures what you've come to look at with no option to decline. I hit the back button straight away. I've also set up a couple of bogus name email addresses I give to those I suspect will spam me (a) to avoid having to see it and (b) to identify which organisations have passed my information on to the spammers. Last night was an example. Toby Carvery are currently offering a 40% discount if you give them your details. Using my mobile, I found their webpage, gave them the bogus email address, they showed me the discount code on the same application page which I passed on to the waitress and then I deleted the page without completing. Consumers 1, Spammers 0.
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Mike despite having elected for my landline number to be ex-directory it still appears to be included in directories, and despite being registered with TPS I still get a few scammers calling, particularly the you’ve had an accident brigade. Having caller display on my landline I now always check the numbers of callers if I don’t recognise then I don’t answer. I now use my mobile for any telephone communications and fortunately to date it is free of nuisance callers.
|Bill Phinn||11/01/2019 19:56:34|
|114 forum posts|
Mick and Martin, VPNs do actually provide important safeguards for people in certain countries. We are lucky that our need for them in the UK is not so acute:
|Frances IoM||11/01/2019 20:15:27|
|546 forum posts|
|855 forum posts|
Have news for you and anyone else who thinks they're 'safe' within EX-D landline. A neighbour living some way along the road ,often chats to me if our paths cross whilst he walks his dog, but at that time I didn't know exactly which house around corner, and of road. One day, I had a package small enough to easily go thro my letterbox but the address label was damaged which I think was the reason for mis-delivery. The wife/partner of the dog Walker looked up my name on the internet, got my EX-D no and left message on my answerphone to come down to no. xx to collect it. Imagine my surprise when the dog Walker opened the door!
Guess that was down to Google's grabbing every bit of info it can. Just goes to prove that scammers could do the same.
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Keep your ears to the ground. Someone is going to spill the beans about my nefarious activities on certain porn sites unless I pay him US$630 in bit coin. To prove my system has genuinely been compromised, he says. he sent me the email from my own address .... not that that's what the headers say which indicate an origin in Brazil (probably fake) sent via an ip in Mexico.
Oh dear, what to do, what to do.
|Neil Wyatt||12/01/2019 11:59:42|
15224 forum posts
Utter nonsense, I'm afraid.
If it wasn't for a virtual private network, you wouldn't get your magazines.
A VPN is how I am able to connect securely to MyTimeMedia's server and, with colleagues, share the folders containing all the files for each issue of MEW.
In short it allows the internet to provide the connections to MTM's network so I don't have to work remotely.
Almost every business operating from more than one location depends on VPNs to operate.
Yes, like many other things they can be abused, but that doesn't make them fundamentally bad.
|Mick Charity||12/01/2019 16:26:31|
|322 forum posts|
A VPN can be created between computers for no cost at all. This is the type of VPN you are using Neil.
The type of VPN that is nothing more than an idiot tax is something entirely different.
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