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1 hour ago, CharlieH said:

Did you know many of the "Customer Service" chat lines are actually A.I. now

It doesn't bother me really but there's always a but and I found recently that with AliExpress it was impossible to get an answer to my question.

All email addresses were not available, I will not use them again.

 

My UK on-line bank has started AI now on log in page, you can still get in touch with a person if you want though or use the message system..

 

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I figure if some entity really wished to do me some disservice they would find a way to access my data relatively easily! so I try to be straight in data I provide, thus a repeat question will get the same response if checked.

Other than that have dealt with AI and on one occasion was actually supplied with the answer, mostly though if I submit a question have usually been through the simple. First level options provided by AI customer service.

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56 minutes ago, swissie said:

Before, every village had it's village idiot. They were mostly ignored and their "reach" was limited to the village. These days, the same village idiot, thanks to his keyboard, has a "global reach". Social media is the gratest "manure-spreader" the world has ever known.


Afraid of the "Big Brother(s)?: Make it hard for them. For a start: Stop using your credit card and pay in form of cash. Because: "Tell me what you buy and I know who/what you are".

This thread is looking for our village idiots. They'll show, but the real loonies don't even go online. That's probably the best solution for them anyways. Just go live in the forest "off the grid".

 

I'd like to see all the conspiracies put on a timeline because most of the believers seem to forget the last ones and move on. I mean what happened to the 5G, chem trails and those earthquakes made by the CIA or whoever in the US. Maybe I shouldn't have mentioned anything. Now, the zombies are coming.

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2 hours ago, swissie said:

Newsflash: The Swiss Navy will take over the French Submarines that the Australians diden't want in exchange for letting the Swiss Banks off the hook in connection with money laundering in France.
Greetings, the village idiot.

How come we never hear about the Swiss Navy Knife? Kinda makes you think. Let that sink in.

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1 hour ago, BritManToo said:

Never been bothered what secret government organisations know about me.

I'm probably the dullest and least interesting person in the world.

 

Good luck using my latest FB posting of my dinner (pork steak, chips and HP sauce)!

It's not the pictures of your Pork on your plate that is of interest to "big brother". It's your posts here that give a good portrait of your live/personality/livestyle.  Will eventually end up in someones "database".

 

Not in my "database". Overall I like your posts.

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47 minutes ago, cdemundo said:

How come we never hear about the Swiss Navy Knife? Kinda makes you think. Let that sink in.

This is top secret: The Swiss Navy has a Navy Knife. A special fishing rod where whales as well as sardines can be catched.  Don't spread it around. The Chinese Copy-Cats are everywhere!

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4 hours ago, robblok said:

Im sure some people have the skills and resources to check my phone maybe get to deleted messages. However this is only the case for a select few really good people. Its not as easy as you think, so these resources are used for stuff like the wuhan lab. Not for me a nobody.

 

Normally a banking app is strong enough if it was not and if it was so easy criminals would have used it. I am pretty sure that what you say about intelligence agencies that they can do as you say. But its NOT easy and takes time effort and risk. So the chances it happens to you are really low.

 

I think basically most things can be cracked and hacked if a good enough person with enough resources tries. But that is so rare that it does not happen to many people. Once it becomes more normal defences will be put up. They like to keep these backdoors hidden.

 

Im not sure if you followed it but plenty of high profile cases phones could not be unlocked by governments. If it was all so easy those cases would never be in the news. So i don't dispute what you say but just think its nothing to worry about unless your an important enemy of some intelligence agency. 

 

 

all people interested in the stuff on your phone are not created equal. 

criminals don't have huge computing resiurces like the larger intelligence services.

also, criminals cannot use back doors made for them in operating systems, applications (got any applications that seem useless but can't be uninstalled from the phone, huh?), etc. 

yes, encryption is strong against criminals who cannot read the decrypted info directly from your phone screen as if they were there. the big guys can. 

 

yes of course, 99% of people dont need to be alarmed, because they are not a person of interest for these operations. 

things can change rapidly though. running for a political mandate, even small... being a vocal anti-nuclear protester?.. a journalist that disturbs the command levels? member of a computer security group? highly skilled specialist in a sensitive area? journalist in belarus or russia? 

many people are potentially at risk. 

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6 hours ago, tgw said:

(got any applications that seem useless but can't be uninstalled from the phone, huh?)

Root your phone - this gives you total control

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7 hours ago, tgw said:

all people interested in the stuff on your phone are not created equal. 

criminals don't have huge computing resiurces like the larger intelligence services.

also, criminals cannot use back doors made for them in operating systems, applications (got any applications that seem useless but can't be uninstalled from the phone, huh?), etc. 

yes, encryption is strong against criminals who cannot read the decrypted info directly from your phone screen as if they were there. the big guys can. 

 

yes of course, 99% of people dont need to be alarmed, because they are not a person of interest for these operations. 

things can change rapidly though. running for a political mandate, even small... being a vocal anti-nuclear protester?.. a journalist that disturbs the command levels? member of a computer security group? highly skilled specialist in a sensitive area? journalist in belarus or russia? 

many people are potentially at risk. 

What your saying is still too negative, 99%.. id say 99.999999999% or something like that. I think you overstating the group.

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15 hours ago, CharlieH said:

What are your thoughts? do you even care? many often say "they can watch me all they like, got nothing to hide"

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All I know is I feel you are always following me wherever I go...

 

There! There you are again!

 

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8 hours ago, seedy said:

Root your phone - this gives you total control

lol, yeah, sure.

I'm afraid you got no say, even if you root your phone.

you will need to reinstall device drivers, an operating system, etc. they all have undocumented security vulnerabilities. 😉 the fixes stay "on hold" until the vulnerabilities get discovered by third parties.

there are teams tasked with collecting and grandfathering zero days, and managing their lifecycle.

 

that's why the "no Huawei" ruling was made.

hardware can come loaded with special chips containing backdoors (US equipment delivered to sensitive countries routinely got re-chipped at an NSA facility before shipping, this is not done anymore I believe because customers of interest wisened up), and all platforms will download drivers, updates, etc. from servers designated by their access provider's DNS, and authenticated by official OEM certificates, both of which can be corrupted.
by the way, that's how Stuxnet worked.

 

to be safe, a country has to control production of both software and hardware. it's only a part of what needs to be done, but it is a prerequisite.

 

 

as a related information, here are some crispy details about a (former) vendor of secured communication systems and "hardened security" phone devices:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crypto_AG

 

just make up your own mind and think about what lengths you would be willing to go to "catch the bad guys" or "protect your country" if you were personally in charge of running your contry's signal intelligence with a huge budget.

 

would you for example setup or acquire a major VPN and encryption service ?

or several?

technically brilliant, huge coverage, aggressively priced?

😉

 

some people are in need of secure phones - that would be your core capability right? why not sell that service and make a few bucks for your budget too?

 

there are no limits!

 

and the few bits that came to light in the media are just tiny scratches on the surface of the whole thing.

 

 

 

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