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Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Autor:

Privacy, Kohë, Të holla

Mua nuk më pëlqen urdhra debiti. Unë kurrë nuk kam pëlqyer idenë se një njësi ekonomike mund të, sipas dëshirës, marrë pothuajse çdo sasi parash mia (mirë … çdo gjë që është në dispozicion). Një koleg vuri në dukje çështjen me MTN do të ishte shmangur nëse kam qenë duke përdorur një urdhër debiti. Ndoshta “komoditet” faktor nuk është e tillë një gjë e keqe.

Unë mendoj pyetja parafundit këtu është nëse apo jo ju dëshironi lehtësi dhe mund të besojnë institucioneve (në këtë rast me paratë tuaja) – ose në qoftë se ju nuk mund të besimit të tyre dhe janë të gatshëm të heq dorë atë komoditet. Në rastin tim, edhe pse unë ende pyetje lehtësi, Kam mësuar rrugën e vështirë me MTN se dyfish mund të jetë i papërshtatshëm që të ketë botën tuaj lidhur reduktohet në “largët ishull” status. Pothuajse të gjithë sot shkon me faktorin komoditet.

Komoditet

Nga ana tjetër, tani një kohë të gjatë më parë, I had a dispute with Planet Fitness ku lehtësi ishte një shpatë me dy tehe. Unë kam raportuar praktikën e tyre të biznesit në Komisionin ankesave të konsumatorëve (që prej ri-organizuar si Komisioni Kombëtar Konsumatorit) and never got feedback from them. The gist of the issue is that Planet Fitness’s sales agent lied to me and a friend in order to get more commission/money out of my pocket.

Unë jam një Discovery Vitalitet anëtar i cili i jep shumë përfitime, duke përfshirë edhe normat e reduktuara të markave Premium – kryesisht shëndetësore të lidhura natyrisht, as Discovery is a Medical Aid/Health Insurance provider. Për ta thënë thjesht, Discovery është awesome. Përfitimet vitalitetin e mbuluar anëtarësimet palestër i cili më tej përfshin Fitness Planet. You still have to pay something, një shenjë të vogël në terezi, të Discovery, për anëtarësim në palestër. Por, në fund të fundit, Ata duan mua për jetë të shëndetshme, so they don’t mind footing the bulk of the bill. Por, me sa duket, kjo do të thotë Planet Fitness’ agjentët e shitjes nuk do të marrë komisioni!

Pra, çfarë e bën këtë të rezultojë në? Rezultati është se agjenti i shitjes PF-së dha një shifër të fryra për një “Vitaliteti-bazuar” anëtarësi. Ai gënjeu. Ai pastaj kishte më të nënshkruani në përputhje me pika për një çmim të fryra prej një “i rregullt” anëtarësi (po, kjo ishte në fakt më shumë se edhe një anëtarësim të rregullt do të ketë kosto), ending up about 4 dhe 5 herë sa më shumë që anëtarësimi vitalitet të bazuar.

Epiphanies

Some time in 2011 Më në fund wisened deri në shpenzimet që unë është dashur të paguajnë. Zbulimi Unë jam i sigurt se nuk do të jetë shumë i lumtur për këtë fiasko. I foli me Menaxherin në palestër, dhe unë u siguroi se kontrata gjithë do të braktiset. Unë nuk jam një për dhunë … nëse e saj për sport … në një tetëkëndësh … por pas vizitës sime 5 me drejtorin për të kërkuar pse Urdhërat Debit janë ende të ndodh, ai më tha se ai ishte i befasuar unë nuk e kishte sjellë armë me mua për vizitën. Pas disa vizitave më shumë, Menaxheri i kishte lënë në fakt Planet Fitness dhe më shpjegoi se “kontratë” was between myself and Head Office and that the local gym, me sa duket një operacion ekskluzivitet-style, kishte pak për të nuk thonë në lidhje me nëse janë apo jo ajo mund të anulohet. Nëse Zyra Qendrore tha se nuk, fat ashpër.

By this point I’d lost it. I had my bank put a stop të urdhrave debitore. It was a huge schlep: I had to contact the bank every month because the debit order descriptions would change ever so slightly. It also cost me a little every couple of months to “rivendosur” the blocking shërbim. Unë nuk mund të ndihmojnë por mendoj se sistemi bankar e mbështet shprehje të rregullta por stafi jo domosdoshmërisht e di se si të përdorin atë.

Technically I’m still waiting on the CCC to get back to me (nuk ka ndodhur kurrë – dhe natyrisht ata u ri-organizuar siç u përmend më sipër në mënyrë rasti ndoshta ra nëpër të çara). Sigurisht, deri në atë pikë PF gjithashtu donte në listën e mua për të mos paguar!

Hero papritur

Një referim i rastit i çështjes në Discovery (Unë mendoj se kam thirrur ata për një vizitë dentisti) rezultoi në një callback nga një prej agjentëve të zbulimit të. Ata pastaj më pyeti për të përshkruar problemin, në detaje dhe në formë të shkruar, për të shpjeguar më mirë nga perspektiva ime se çfarë kishte ndodhur me të vërtetë. Unë i detyruar. Ajo rezulton I kishte të drejtë për ta të mos qenë “shumë i lumtur” në lidhje me të. Në fakt ata vërtet nuk e pëlqen atë. About three weeks later, Planet Fitness kthehet më në mënyrë të plotë për të gjitha paratë që kishte qenë ndonjëherë paguar për to.

Discovery është awesome. 🙂

pjesë
E premte, August 21st, 2009 | Autor:

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.

MyBasicInformation 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 të gjithë 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, clickCreate 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.

Next, go to the Profile Privacy Settings page. Underneath each section you will find aEdit Custom Settingsbutton. 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 settings. 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: Click theProfilebutton 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” në:
    • email address
  • AllowOnly Friends” në:
    • IM Screen Names
  • Remove completely or allowNo one” në:
    • 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!

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

Who Rules?!

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. 🙁

pjesë
E hënë, April 20th, 2009 | Autor:

I’m looking at the South African banking system (partly a result of watching the Zeitgeistdocumentary”) dhe, 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.

pjesë
E diel, April 19th, 2009 | Autor:

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

Po, 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” dhe, 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:

Hi. 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.

pjesë