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May 25, 2012

Be Wary Of Opening Pictures, Attachments, Etc. From Phones Or Accounts You Don't Know

This could be nothing, but someone I know has received an email from a "tracfone" (a throwaway phone you can't trace -- a "burner").

Could be nothing. Could just be someone who wants to protect his own anonymity.

But this person has never received an email from a tracfone before in his life.

Pictures and attachments can be used to inject hacker code into your system.

Like I said, I may just be unduly alarming you. Nevertheless, I think it's my duty to warn you. Things like this do happen, after all.

Be very, very wary.

Do not open things if you don't know something about cybersecurity and have any doubts at all about the sender.

Like I said, this could be the most innocent thing the entire world, but there is really no sense taking chances.

Also: Be wary of emails and spoofs generally. Be aware of pretexts to fish information out of you.

Someone who knows you doesn't have to ask about such things-- and could call you, using their own recognizable voice, if they somehow forgot where you lived.


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