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Author Topic: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !  (Read 3754 times)

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Offline weasel

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POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« on: April 15, 2009, 08:39:05 AM »
Hullo ALL ,
                I am doing well !

  This morning I logged on to Pos Personals !

  MY PROFILE  DETAILS  HAVE BEEN  CHANGED !

   I have NO idea  how anyone can change MY  details ?

   Not  ALL of them , but a significant amount of info was  changed !

  ************************************************

   I will NOW  have to change  my  profile  name and  details !

   BE CAREFUL ! , I HAD NO IDEA PEOPLE COULD DO THIS !

                                           GOOD DAY TO YOU ALL ,
                                                                         Carl


   
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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2009, 08:50:50 AM »
Hi Carl, glad to hear you're doing well.

You need to direct your complaint to the people who run the POZ personals portion of this website. Those of us who are admin and mods in the forums have no access to POZ personals on that level. If you click on the bright pink box on the top of the main POZ personals page, you'll get a pop-up that says:

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Avoid scammers

Scammers are becoming an increasing problem on POZ Personals. Here are some tips on how not to get duped:

· Trust your instincts! If it doesn't seem right, it probably isn't.

· Any POZ Personals member who is asking you for money is either a scammer or is simply violating POZ Personals rules on soliciting.

· NEVER give out personal information such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card account numbers, etc.

· Report all scammers to personals@poz.com. Make sure you include their username and any messages they sent to you. We need your help to catch them!


Even though this isn't a scammer situation, that email is the same one you need for your complaint. Only they can look into this further for you.

I can give you some suggestions though...

For someone to have gained access to your account, they would have to know your password. If it is a very simple one based on your name, birthdate, or other obvious information about your life, then it could be easily cracked. Commonly used ones like 12345, qwerty, "password" (using the word itself as the password) and similar are also easily figured out.

Is it possible that your partner may know your password?

Please make sure you change your password to something YOU can remember but others couldn't figure out. I'm sure if you google something like "creating safe paswords" you'll get more information about keeping your password safe.

Ann
« Last Edit: April 15, 2009, 08:55:08 AM by Ann »
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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2009, 08:58:53 AM »
Thanks Ann ,
                    I will do that !

   NO  Bob does NOT know pass-word  nor has Bob used a computer for 25 years !

   He  HATES them !  LOL


                                             Have a great day !
                                                                        Carl

   
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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2009, 09:07:47 AM »
You're welcome, Carl.

Make sure you do both - send an email and  change your password. You don't have to change your profile name (unless the prankster changed it), just the password.

Ann
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Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline RapidRod

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2009, 09:17:25 AM »
No website is really secure if a hacker wants to get into it. They just broke into the power grid last week and they have hacked into the Pentagon several times. It's just frustrating but it makes IT security folks work that much harder to over come hackers.

Offline weasel

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2009, 09:25:50 AM »
HEY Rapid  :) ,
                       I have to wonder if anyone else has been altered ?

   I do know that my issue with " RADIO SHACK "  could be the answer !

   Radio Shack  has  my old computer , and as it had frozen I was unable to

   remove  my info !

  BUT  I NEVER  have the computer  remember my  Passwords , as laptops

 can be lost so easily !

 Anyway , I don't have any Important  info on it !

 I am OLD an do NOT trust  security  of  online  banking or any  type of money  transactions !

 And of course  my  personal  info  is  vague ?

 Who knows

                                be good , be healthy ,
                                                                  Carl
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Offline Texan38

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2009, 12:27:57 PM »
Hmm, what's funny is that I received a notice from Poz Personals that I had a response. When I logged on and read the message, it was from a female informing me she liked my profile and appreciated my response but she had found someone with whom she started a relationship with.  HUH? I had no idea what the heck she was talking about. I know I didn't respond to any females' ad. I just deleted it and had forgotten all about it.

Oh and Carl, I too do not trust the internet for any money transactions. I still mail out checks to pay my bills!  :D
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2009, 12:31:20 PM »
Carl, you never know. Hope they would have better reputable people working for them.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2009, 12:37:31 PM »
I've used on line banking/bill paying for years and have never had a problem.  It's incredibly convenient to set up payments all at once, but be able to select different dates for the payments to go out, and never have to deal with stamps, envelopes, mailboxes and/or post offices.  Not trusting this sort of thing reminds me of 70 year olds who refused to use ATM cards back in the 80's.

Also, you can set it up so utility companies send your monthly bill electronically to your on line banking account, and thus cut down on paper waste.
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Offline David_CA

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2009, 12:52:21 PM »
Hmm, what's funny is that I received a notice from Poz Personals that I had a response. When I logged on and read the message, it was from a female informing me she liked my profile and appreciated my response but she had found someone with whom she started a relationship with.  HUH? I had no idea what the heck she was talking about. I know I didn't respond to any females' ad. I just deleted it and had forgotten all about it.

Oh and Carl, I too do not trust the internet for any money transactions. I still mail out checks to pay my bills!  :D

I also got a similar response from a female, which I'm definitely NOT seeking!   :D

As to not trusting the internet for transactions... I guess one might think it's safer to put a check in an envelope and either mail it (hopefully not in a private mail box) or drop it off in person.  A payment made in paper surely passes through more hands than one made electronically, and who knows how reputable those folks are.  Like Miss P, hubby and I have used online payments for years with no problems. 
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Offline denb45

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2009, 02:20:25 PM »
I also got a similar response from a female, which I'm definitely NOT seeking!   :D

As to not trusting the internet for transactions... I guess one might think it's safer to put a check in an envelope and either mail it (hopefully not in a private mail box) or drop it off in person.  A payment made in paper surely passes through more hands than one made electronically, and who knows how reputable those folks are.  Like Miss P, hubby and I have used online payments for years with no problems. 

I get that a lot, even the ones form overseas, I just delete em' I told one female who lives here in the US, that "Honey I like the same thing you do, "I'M Queer", so, that took care of that  :o
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2009, 02:32:42 PM »
Why are all of you partnered folks slutting around the internet?
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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2009, 02:36:15 PM »
Why are all of you partnered folks slutting around the internet?

:o  And with women, no less!  ;D
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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2009, 03:00:02 PM »
A few day ago had a message just like you discirbed.I was sure what to make of it.
Scooter



Hmm, what's funny is that I received a notice from Poz Personals that I had a response. When I logged on and read the message, it was from a female informing me she liked my profile and appreciated my response but she had found someone with whom she started a relationship with.  HUH? I had no idea what the heck she was talking about. I know I didn't respond to any females' ad. I just deleted it and had forgotten all about it.

Oh and Carl, I too do not trust the internet for any money transactions. I still mail out checks to pay my bills!  :D

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2009, 03:02:38 PM »
A few day ago had a message just like you discirbed.I was sure what to make of it.Because like me have nothing better to do.And on rare occations I get to make a new Friend.
Scooter




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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2009, 03:13:13 PM »
I have used internet banking for years, and never had a problem.   As Miss P states, it saves on stamps, trips to banks/post offices, etc.   Also, I do not pay ANY cost at all for banking.  It is totally free for me (Regions Bank) if you 1. have direct deposit  2.  use online bill paying .   Even back in the 70's, I remember paying $6 or $8 a month for a checking account!   I use very few paper checks, some months only one, the one I pay my rent with (landlord comes by to pick up).

I hate to get behind someone at the grocery store or at Wal-Mart who is paying by check.   Why not get a debit card?  It's the same thing....just SO MUCH EASIER and faster.  Wal-Mart runs the checks through a scanner (thus using it as a debit card) and then hands the check back to the person!

Online banking is fantastic, in my opinion.   ;D
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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2009, 03:28:42 PM »
Hi Ann/Philly

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Why are all of you partnered folks slutting around the internet?
..and

:o  And with women, no less!  ;D

I'm sure there are a few of us waiting to hear about THAT little Gem of information.. ;)

WEASEL..It's good to see you back and keeping ell.

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #17 on: April 15, 2009, 03:36:01 PM »
I am to scared to do online banking.Don,t get me wrong my little disability check is gone before I can enjoy it.
Scooter

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #18 on: April 15, 2009, 04:58:35 PM »
Also, you can set it up so utility companies send your monthly bill electronically to your on line banking account, and thus cut down on paper waste.

If the utility and credit card companies would stop selling insert space/statement stuffers they could save a few more trees.  Imagine, an entire month without a $1 premium offer from Globe Life  ;D  Have the best day
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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #19 on: April 15, 2009, 05:03:17 PM »
Why are all of you partnered folks slutting around the internet?

Nothing wrong with keeping your options open, with Death, Extreme sickness, and the lack of a sex life, ( do to health reasons) I don't think it's a bad idea ;D even my otherhalf knows about my POZ-Profile, he was the one that help me fill-it-out ( just incase something tragic happened to him, he's a lot sicker than I'am), and, he told me, that if something should happen, he just wants me to be happy, and not all alone ,and to live my life! the sex part of all of this is totally up to me, currently tho, I really don't have a lotta time to invest into that, as taking care of someone, is a full-time-job, I'm up by 6AM, and in bed by, at least 10PM, and at the end of the day, I'm so beat , I can't do anything else :-\
« Last Edit: April 15, 2009, 05:17:25 PM by denb45 »
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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #20 on: April 15, 2009, 09:48:39 PM »
My little " honey Bun "  was   pissed when I showed him my

ALTERED  profile !

 He had NO idea that I emailed or conversed with people I concider

 to be  "space"  Friends !

 I KNOW  a few people on here  personally and we have emailed !

 Bob was NOT a happy Camper  today !

 When he read that I liked to talk HE felt THAT  was his duty !

 Well  , it is and it ain't !

 I need  HIV  support and YOU  guys  give it to me !

 So I will  stick around when I need to know  there IS a world out there !

 and I do THANK ALL OF YOU  :-*

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #21 on: April 16, 2009, 06:35:01 AM »
When you log into poz personals, and you type your user name or password incorrectly, it displays what you typed in clear text.  This makes it very easy to hack even for an amateur.

I would suggest that your computer itself is insecure and you install a firewall and password protection program.  There are plenty of them out there but I suggest sticking with things like symantec because they are common and lots of people use them.  The personals site is only responsible to make sure that no one accesses information without logging in and is required by law to keep credit card numbers secure.  However, if someone accesses your PC and hacks your information through any number of methods, the websites you are accessing are not responsible for that.

Unfortunately identity theft is rather common.  The ability to get into someone's computer and obtain passwords isn't that uncommon. 
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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #22 on: April 16, 2009, 10:26:38 AM »
My little " honey Bun "  was   pissed when I showed him my

ALTERED  profile !

 He had NO idea that I emailed or conversed with people I concider

 to be  "space"  Friends !

 I KNOW  a few people on here  personally and we have emailed !

 Bob was NOT a happy Camper  today !

 When he read that I liked to talk HE felt THAT  was his duty !

 Well  , it is and it ain't !

 I need  HIV  support and YOU  guys  give it to me !

 So I will  stick around when I need to know  there IS a world out there !

 and I do THANK ALL OF YOU  :-*

                                                   Carl

 

 ;)  THANK YOU!  nice to have you back Carl, yes we all do need each other  :D
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Offline dixieman

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #23 on: April 16, 2009, 04:22:17 PM »
I recieved the same message and just sent it to the poz-personals as a spammer...

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2009, 01:26:53 AM »
I'm not surprised to find this topic.  I think someone put asshole magnet on my profile because that's all I've been meeting on there.  With the exception of like a few I've had horrible luck meeting someone nice.  LOL 

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Re: POS PERSONALS ! NOT SECURE !
« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2009, 01:46:56 AM »
Well yeah, it's the 21st century version of a seedy, dimly lit fag bar so I'm not sure why anyone would be surprised at all about that.  If you want a tea party you need to wear white gloves and go across town.
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