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Protecting Yourself Against Evil Hackers and Other Assorted Cheaters

In In my writings and teachings on Game Theory and Applied game Thinking I often explore ways to recognize “cheaters”, how to protect ourselves from them and even how to disarm them.

One of the most common forms of cheater is the individual who engages in what has come to be known as the confidence game.  These  schemes, rip-offs, and scams are attempts to steal information, hack computer systems, or to defraud others. The lowest of this class of person are likely those who after first gaining our confidence, exploit characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, vanity, credulity, irresponsibility, naivete, greed, and  compassion. You can see these people at work up close in films like The Grifters and David Mamet’s, House of Games.

I often say, “If you are going to live fully in the material world the devil is your agents and gets a 25% cut of everything.” For many of us that cut can get as high as 90% if we are not wary of those damaged souls that pray on the trusting psyche of other, more vulnerable types. Beware of the confidence trick, the con game, the scam, grift, hustle, swindle, flimflam, and bamboozle. Whether it is done by some street hustler or the president of the United States. Beware!  Do not become what con artists call “marks”, “suckers”, or “gulls” (i.e., gullible). When your internal radar tell you that this person is a bit to sweet, to naïve, smiles a bit too much, or claims to want to give you everything with nothing wanted in return, beware. If they have an associate or a partner in this generosity you may be dealing with a “shills”.

In the digital age there are many ways to con, or scam others. This what I call “cracking”, a sort of evil hack. How do you prevent cracks. One of the best articles on protecting yourself from con artists and hackers is in the  January-February 2017AARP Bulletin. 5 Ways to Protect Yourself is by  By Richard B Stolley


Here are the tips:

Build a wall around your computer. Use both antivirus and anti-spyware software to keep intruders from stealing personal information from your computer.

Don’t open file attachments in emails from strangers. These can contain programs that enable crooks to get into your computer remotely. Be cautious on social media. Anything you reveal about your family, travels or schedule can be easily picked up by bad guys.

Ask lots of questions. If you get an impassioned call for money from a family member, take a deep breath and try not to get emotional. Instead, ask some questions that would be hard for an impostor to answer correctly. Examples are the name of the person’s pet, his mother’s birth date, or his boss’s name.

Slow the process down. Never say yes to a money transfer based on a single call. Always hang up and do some research, such as trying to contact the person directly on her cell or work phone, or talking with someone she is close with to corroborate the situation.

Don’t be embarrassed. If you fear that you have fallen prey to a scam, do not let pride get in the way of contacting authorities. And if you’ve wired money, immediately call the money transfer service to report the fraud. If the money hasn’t been picked up yet, you can retrieve it.

Lifehack!  In the end you will save, money, save time and create greater happiness.



This was an extract from my notes on lifehacking. For a book on the subject I suggest:

“How to Hack Your Life Through Game Thinking” By Lewis Harrison. The book  contains  over 400 high and low-fi hacks.


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