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Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Autore:

Vita privata, Tempo, Soldi

Non mi piace ordini di addebito. Non ho mai piaciuta l'idea che un altro soggetto può, a volontà, prendere quasi qualsiasi somma dei miei soldi (bene … tutto quello che è disponibile). Un collega ha sottolineato la questione con MTN sarebbero stati evitati se avessi usato un ordine di addebito. Forse il “convenienza” fattore non è una brutta cosa.

Suppongo che la domanda penultima è se si desidera o meno la convenienza e può fidare istituzioni (in questo caso con i vostri soldi) – o se non si può fidare di loro e sono disposti a rinunciare che la convenienza. Nel mio caso, anche se ancora in discussione la convenienza, Ho imparato nel modo più duro con MTN che doppiamente può essere scomodo per avere il vostro mondo connesso ridotto “di un'isola remota” stato. Quasi tutti oggi va con il fattore convenienza.

Convenienza

D'altronde, ora molto tempo fa, Ho avuto un contenzioso con Planet Fitness dove la convenienza era una spada a doppio taglio. Ho segnalato la loro pratica commerciale alla Commissione reclami dei consumatori (poiché ri-organizzato come Commissione nazionale dei consumatori) e mai ottenuto un feedback da loro. Il nocciolo della questione è che l'agente di vendita di Planet Fitness mentito a me e un amico al fine di ottenere più commissioni / soldi di tasca mia.

Sono un Scoperta Vitalità membro che dà molti vantaggi, comprese tariffe ridotte sui marchi premium – per lo più correlata alla salute, ovviamente, come Discovery è un fornitore Medical Aid / Health Insurance. Per dirla semplicemente, Discovery è impressionante. Benefici Vitality coprono iscrizioni a palestre, che comprende inoltre Planet Fitness. Hai ancora pagare qualcosa, un piccolo segno di sorta, Discovery, per l'abbonamento a una palestra. Ma, poi, Mi vogliono essere sani, così a loro non importa pagare il grosso della fattura. Ma, apparentemente, questo significa Planet Fitness’ agenti di vendita non si ottiene la commissione!

Che cosa significa questo risultato in? Il risultato è che l'agente di vendita PF mi ha dato una figura gonfiato per un “Vitalità-base” membri. Ha mentito. Poi mi aveva firmare sulla linea tratteggiata per un prezzo gonfiato di un “regolare” membri (sì, in realtà è stato più che anche un abbonamento regolare sarebbe costato), finendo su 4 e 5 volte tanto quanto l'appartenenza basato Vitality-.

Epifanie

Qualche tempo a 2011 Ho finalmente wisened fino ai costi che dovevo pagare. Discovery sono sicuro non sarebbe troppo felice di questo fiasco. Ho parlato con il direttore in palestra, e mi è stato assicurato che l'intero contratto sarà accantonato. Io non sono uno per la violenza … meno che la sua per lo sport … in un ottagono … ma dopo il mio 5 ° visita al Gestore di chiedere perché gli ordini di addebito erano ancora accadendo, mi ha detto che era sorpreso che non avevo portato con me le armi per la visita. Dopo un paio di altre visite, il Gestore aveva effettivamente lasciato Planet Fitness e mi ha spiegato che il “contratto” era tra me e Direzione Generale e che la palestra locale, a quanto pare un'operazione di franchising in stile, aveva poca o nessuna voce in capitolo circa se o non potesse essere annullata. Se Sede detto di no, sfortuna.

A questo punto avevo perso. Ho avuto la mia banca ha messo un Stop agli ordini di addebito. E 'stato un enorme schlep: Ho dovuto contattare la banca ogni mese perché le descrizioni ordine di addebito cambierebbero sempre leggermente. Inoltre mi è costato un po 'ogni paio di mesi per “reintegrare” il blocco servizio. Non posso fare a meno di pensare che il sistema bancario supporti espressioni regolari ma il personale non necessariamente sanno come usarlo.

Tecnicamente sto ancora aspettando sul CCC per tornare a me (mai accaduto – e, naturalmente, sono state riorganizzate come detto sopra in modo che il caso probabilmente è caduto attraverso le crepe). Naturalmente, a quel punto PF ha voluto mettere in blacklist me per non pagare!

The Hero Unexpected

Una menzione a casaccio della questione Discovery (Penso che li ho chiamato per una visita dentista) portato ad un callback da uno degli agenti di Discovery. Poi mi ha chiesto di descrivere il problema, in dettaglio e in scrittura, di spiegare meglio dalla mia prospettiva ciò che era realmente accaduto. I obbligato. Si scopre che avevo ragione su di loro non essere “troppo felice” a proposito. In realtà essi davvero non piace. Circa tre settimane più tardi, Planet Fitness mi rimborsato per intero per tutti i fondi che erano mai stati pagati per loro.

Discovery è impressionante. 🙂

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Venerdì, August 21st, 2009 | Autore:

Have we here a Facebook Stalker?!

Of great consideration to online privacy are facebook stalkers. If a stalker randomly manages to add a few of your friends and you have your Profile Privacy Settings allowingFriends of Friendsto see everything then your stalker effectively has access to your profile even without having added you.

I’ve now adjusted my privacy settings more strictly and I’ve used theSee how a friend sees your profile:” tool to get an idea of how it changes things.

Il mio “BasicInformation I had available toFriends of Friends”. This includesGender, Birthday, Hometown, Political and Religious Views and Relationship Statusaccording to Facebook’s description. You might think it fair that friends of your friends have an idea of how you roll.

But can you trust tutto your friends anti-stalker spidey-senses?

I think NOT.

I previously had it that friends of friends can see my photos and videos but not much else. I’m thinking of changing that now too.

But wait, there’s More!

Further to this, we should be vigilant offakeFacebook profiles. Stalkers are usually apt enough to create more than one account with fake names. If you block one they create another and attempt to get a glance at your profile once more. I’ve created a friend group calledPrivacy Pls”. This group is limited from being able to see anything other than a very basic page. Thisbasicview is akin to when you first started using Facebook and didn’t know you could add lots of stuff in there (stuff you later realised you didn’t want anyway).

If someone adds me and I’m not absolutely sure who it is, I add them to myPrivacy Plsgroup. Also if someone adds me and I don’t want to offend them by ignoring their invite I’ll rather add them to this group. Perhaps you feel you have a pervy boss for example.

But Wait! There’s Moreand this time you can do it TOO!

To do this for yourself, go to your Friends page, clic “Create New List”, and name it something appropriate – “Privacy Plsin my case. Add the appropriate friends to this list now or add any futuresuspectfriends to the group.

Prossimo, go to the Profile Privacy Settings page. Underneath each section you will find aEdit Custom Settings” pulsante. Click the first one and, at the bottom of the dialog that pops up, you will findExcept these people”. Add yourPrivacy Plsgroup here. Do the same for all the sections you don’t want them to see. When done, use thefriend’s viewtool to confirm what is made available to persons on that list.

And the Friend-of-Friend Stalker?

To prevent yourFriend-of-FriendStalker from being able to see your profile, do yourself a favour and think very critically about what you want potential stalkers to be able to see. Now go change those Privacy Settings toOnly Friends”.

For the Photo Crazy

Check up on your Photo Album Privacy Impostazioni. This is set up much the same as your profile settings. Consider carefully who you want to be able to see which photo albums and adjust the permissions appropriately!

Your Personal Contact Information

Lastly, check up on your Contact Information: Fare clic “Profilebutton towards the top left of the Facebook page to get to your profile. Then click on theInfotab within your profile. When you mouseover the Contact Information section you will see anEditlink pop up on the right. Click this button to start editing your details.

Next to each item you will find alockicon. Click this lock to define further permissions for which friends are able to see the items. You’ve never give your address and phone details to a dodgy stranger you meet on the street. Why do we then go and give it away to everyone on the Internet. I recommend the following:

  • AllowNo one” su:
    • email address
  • AllowOnly Friends” su:
    • IM Screen Names
  • Remove completely or allowNo one” su:
    • mobile phone number
    • landline number
  • Limit the following:
    • address detailsgive your area or suburbbut NOT your full address

Hopefully we don’t all have to learn our lessons the hard way.

P.S. (especially to the guys and gals who have asked) I’ve been extremely busy these last couple of weeks. I have a lot of unedited content I’m hoping to make publishable very soon!

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Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 | Autore:
Who Rules?! Who Made this Awesome Image?!

Chi governa?!

When an artist has released his work (even as Creative Commons) and the IPTC / EXIF data is no longer in the image, how do you find out who the original artist is? All I have here is a difficult-to-read signature. 🙁

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Lunedi, April 20th, 2009 | Autore:

I’m looking at the South African banking system (partly a result of watching the Zeitgeistdocumentary”) e, after finding my bank implicated most with regards to the SA-Banking Competition Commission wikileaks scandal, I’m putting serious consideration into switching banks.

What ethical banks are out there right now? I’ve even looked into Sharia (Islamic) banking because of their strict ethics laws but even there I’m looking at even more unknowns. I’m not Islamic and I have nothing against funding pork-related activities.

On that note, do you know if your bank has a code of ethics? If they’re public, where can we see these ethics codes?

Tell me about service levels I haven’t heard of before and which bank you believe deserves to handle my money.

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Domenica, April 19th, 2009 | Autore:

I think the Internet is a scary place. Sì, me. Some days I find myself horrified to find the lowliest of criminal bastards trying to steal our livelihoods.

Sì, people, there are criminals out there and they want your money or they want to use you to make money. What’s even more scary is the lengths to which they are willing to go, even risking YOU. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200.

I received an email saying that I was being offered a job as aRegional Assistant” e, though the details weren’t given, the email suggested that it was a legitimate opportunity. I replied asking about where they’d received my details and also about what they would require of me.

Being the skeptic I am, I thought I could spot scammers a mile away. How fortunate that I can still laugh at the idea.

A few hours later, they replied indicating that I’d soon receive further instructions. They’dprobablybeen referred to me by a friend and they had a pile of referrals and so couldn’t specify which friend had recommended me. I waited patiently and left it to the back of my mind. “They’ve probably found a good candidate already and I’ve lost out”, I thought. “How nice that a friend might refer me. Obviously I’m Awesome.” (and daft :-/)

So later on, I receive my email with myfurther instructions”. This is where I finally realised that I was dealing with scammers:

Ciao. We’d like to start a trial task. Our customer will make a bank transfer to you this week. Please go to our site <site omitted> to submit the banking details where the transfer will go to. Once we’ve established a good transaction history, you will receive between 2-3 transfers per week (amounts of about R10 000 each except the first trial transfers).
Please confirm that you can start. We don’t send any transfers to your account until we receive confirmation from you.
On Monday you will receive notification, detailed information and instructions regarding the transfers. Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Say what??? I checked out the web site in question and, without a doubt, this is a money laundering scheme done by professionals. They know what they’re doing and they probably launder millions every month. What’s more is that, inevitably, they will screw you over and get the cops to arrest YOU. These criminals can leave evidence behind implicating you even if all you’ve done is diligently moved money from one place to anotherand kept a small percentage for yourself. 😛

Money laundering is where illegitimate money (stolen, probably) is transferred via third parties to appear more legitimate. You’re an accessory to the crime and, even worse, you’re even likely to be the victim of it. Recognise when an opportunity is too good to be true. I was fooled for a short while. Next up, given that a victim might give out a lot of personal details, the scammers might steal your identity and start to implicate you in fraudulent activities without you ever having done a thing.

If you happen to have already given any details such as the above where they wanted my banking details, contact your bank and inform them of the situation. They will give you the best possible advice on what to do next. If you’ve already responded to the mail but haven’t yet already given them the information they want, don’t reply any further. I’d also suggest calling your local police for further advice.

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