The price of technology

Reblogger Ian Niquette
Home Inspector with Square One Home Inspection

Very good post about everyday thing we don't even give a second thought.

Original content by D B

Don't know if any of this is true... but it is something to think about - SAFETY FIRST! This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.
 GPS 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 lot 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=2 0prominently 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 th at they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

MOBILE PHONE 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.'
</ div> When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn.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 Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.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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Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Serves as good reminder to us all. I only use the First and Last initials of people's name in my phone directory and we don't give out information via text message without a phone conversation first.

I watched my dad go through the identity theft routine and I learned my lesson from his mistake. 

Jan 28, 2009 04:20 AM #1
Conal Campbell

I think we can leverage more technology to enhance our safety, without the purchase of additional tools. I am launching a personal safety service that works from your exisiting cell phone. Moby connects and directs friends and professional security to your location in your emergency. The beta evaluation program starts in April and I'm looking for participants to try the software and share their experiences. It's free and there are prizes for participation. Sign up at

Conal Campbell
Director, Personal Safety Services

Mar 17, 2010 06:31 AM #2
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