January 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm #360
Another issue that came up in the last meeting was how to let the recipeints have privacy and save them from cyber thieves, as most of them do not know much about how to use a computer and will rely on cyber staff to help them manage their accounts, this will expose them to theft of funds from their accounts especially in the case of Skrill.
January 5, 2016 at 6:10 pm #372
Yes, security is always a problem with money. One of our advantages is that we use external money transfer services, so we benefit from their security measures. The biggest thing is to choose a secure password and to make sure no-one else knows it or can find it.
I spent a lot of time reading about encryption and security issues. Although I didn’t become an ‘expert’ I did learn enough to know that most experts are wrong (to be polite) and most online advice is not very good. Here is an excerpt from an article by Bruce Schneier:
First he goes into why most password strategies are not as secure as people think, and then he says:
So if you want your password to be hard to guess, you should choose something that this process will miss. My advice is to take a sentence and turn it into a password. Something like “This little piggy went to market” might become “tlpWENT2m”. That nine-character password won’t be in anyone’s dictionary. Of course, don’t use this one, because I’ve written about it. Choose your own sentence—something personal.
Here are some examples:
WIw7,mstmsritt… = When I was seven, my sister threw my stuffed rabbit in the toilet.
Wow…doestcst = Wow, does that couch smell terrible.
Ltime@go-inag~faaa! = Long time ago in a galaxy not far away at all.
uTVM,TPw55:utvm,tpwstillsecure = Until this very moment, these passwords were still secure.
You get the idea. Combine a personally memorable sentence with some personally memorable tricks to modify that sentence into a password to create a lengthy password. Of course, the site has to accept all of those non-alpha-numeric characters and an arbitrarily long password. Otherwise, it’s much harder.
The full article (link) is worth reading.
I should also make a wiki page and start to produce something that will be simpler to read while still useful to our recipients.
Also, there is no foolproof way to completely secure your online money. The best thing to do is to remove it from your account as soon as possible. Skrill charges around €2.40 per withdrawal, so you would not want to withdraw €10 but if you’re getting 100 per month that would be ok.
Reading the mainstream articles about computer security will make you scared of everything. Keep an open mind and remember that the computer security industry makes more money the more scared people are. There are a few basic principles you can learn about which are quite simple, and which will protect you from 99.9% of all the scary stories out there.
January 5, 2016 at 6:14 pm #373
Re Privacy, this is definitely something we should discuss. We have the recipients’ real names and are posting videos etc. Millions of people around the world are ok with this. Let them know that they can use pseudonyms if they like, but if they do they must tell their sponsors (no need to tell regular viewers).
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