Laura’s Cheap Trick #33

Caution Can Save You Money.

Consider well before you act. “Melius est cavere semper, quam patiri semel.”

And look before you ere you leap,
For, as you sow, you're like to reap.

Look before you leap. Look twice before you cross the road. These phrases oft cross our path and are wisely heeded.  Sometimes thorough research is needed, other times it is a mere second glance that is warranted.  And in the case of new technology, smart phones, computers, aps, personal identity and so on it is really a new form of muscle memory we need to develop.

Phishing – a 21st century way of luring you in to give up your personal data.  Birth dates, Spouses, pets, birth cities, passwords, bank information.  There are some very official looking sites that might convince you to tell all. Be sure of whom you are conversing with before you reveal your personal information.

Virus embedded photos – Yup it’s true stupid people who get off on making our lives miserable (as if learning and keeping up with technology isn’t hard enough)…They embed a computer virus or malware into a popular photo…such as a celebrity you might search for.  (#1 virus infected photos, Heidi Klum, Cameron Diaz, Miley Cyrus) Don’t download random files and aps from just any old site.  (this includes all the shareware and limewire (aka slimewire) and other sites that.  (Remember free is never free – you will pay something it might be a piece of you identity or buying habits or it might cost you your computer with a virus)

Social Networking – Keep a close watch on your privacy settings. And don’t make the obvious post, hey going away for my 2 week vacation…Crooks check out my home address and photos and rob me cause I won’t find out about it for 2 weeks!

What can you do?  First – Keep your computer backed up as all times.  Second – Don’t download files of any sort to your computer unless form a trusted site.

Consider the adage “If it sounds too good to be true it probably is not.”

On the Flip Side:  “He who hesitates is lost.”  So don’t let caution and worry stop you in your tracks from sharing, living or making a decision too late.

 

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About laurascheaptricks

Laura is a mom entrepreneur who owns a successful television production company in the greater Washington DC area. As the daughter of a couple of WW2/victory garden parents she is a free - associative thinker and often explores new and more efficient ways to accomplish tasks and save money. "I come by naturally."
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