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    Old 07-15-2011, 06:59 PM
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    The thread about computer crashes and backups reminded me of this incident, and I thought I'd pass a warning along:

    My teenaged son spends quite a bit of time at a local independent computer repair shop. The other day when I picked him up, he told me one of the owners of the shop was doing some virus cleanup on a laptop that an attractive young woman had brought in. My son witnessed the owner of the shop copying pictures of the woman from her hard drive to his own personal thumb drive. This just gave me the heebie-jeebies!

    Be careful and only use companies and people you trust!
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    Old 07-15-2011, 07:17 PM
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    Dang! What will they do next?
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    Old 07-15-2011, 07:22 PM
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    sounds like you need to guide your son to a different shop to hang around...if they copy pictures who knows what else they could expose him to ... imho boys will be boys having had 2 of them :)
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    Old 07-15-2011, 07:55 PM
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    Fortunately, I didn't need to give him any guidance at all - he decided on his own he was done. Made his mama proud.
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    Old 07-15-2011, 08:18 PM
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    If I knew of something like this I would feel the need to report it to someone, try to let the owner of the computer know. Warn people about going to that shop. That is just creepy.
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    Old 07-15-2011, 08:22 PM
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    This sounds like voyerism to me. Have your son watch this man closely as he really could have a sick streak to him. He he feels that the man is about to act on something, he should report his conduct to the authorities.
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    Old 07-15-2011, 08:46 PM
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    You should report it to the police
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    Old 07-15-2011, 08:50 PM
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    Not good and illegal. glad your son has the good sense to distance himself immediately. On the same vein, never give computer away or even take to recycle or trash without scrubbing the hard drive so that no one CAN retrieve personal info.
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    Old 07-16-2011, 05:17 AM
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    Originally Posted by Dreameaver
    Not good and illegal. glad your son has the good sense to distance himself immediately. On the same vein, never give computer away or even take to recycle or trash without scrubbing the hard drive so that no one CAN retrieve personal info.
    There is no real good way to scrub a hard drive without some very sophisticated programs. The best way to be sure your information is secure is to remove the hard drive and find a sledgehammer. My BIL is in IT and shared that with me.
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    Old 07-16-2011, 05:19 AM
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    I would report the owner!
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