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Old January 26th, 2019, 01:41 PM
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USER PROFILE SUGGESTION

The world many of us grew up in is not the same world today. Many of these thieves have become very sophisticated - they troll forums looking for opportunities (which includes Facebook [in particular] & other social media sites).

Be careful what you say and to whom you convey information. Sounds simple, yet - trolling thieves love garnering as much information as possible to make informed decisions regarding theft. If you're going to broadcast you'll be gone for two weeks, you're never home during the day, etc., etc. - think about who can read this information. By default - ANY visitor to this CO website can view your information/posts UNLESS you take [at the minimum] at least one very simple change to your Profile Privacy security setting.

From your Profile (top right-hand corner of the screen), click on your Profile Username then click to open your User Control Panel. On the far left of the screen, under Your Profile, click on Profile Privacy.
In the Profile Privacy click the drop-down menu next to each of the available relationships other users must meet to see the blocks i.e Social Profiles, Profile Picture, About Me, etc. At a minimum you should consider invoking at a minimum 'Registered Members' as the only visitors/users who can view your information. If it is set to 'Everyone', well, you guessed it - ANY visitor [that includes anyone who is NOT a registered member of CO] can view all messages and all information in all posts. Many websites DO NOT allow visitors to view any information contained within a forum UNLESS that person is a registered user of that forum. That's one reason you find many websites REQUIRE a person to register in order to use/view a website. IMO, it is one of the areas in which the Administrators of CO could significantly increase the security of this site. However, get acquainted with changing your Profile Privacy and the information which is shared and with whom. Cheers!

Prove it to yourself, Logout, then view the CO website as an ANONYMOUS end-user without ever having to log-in. Notice how much information is available to ANYONE.



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Old January 28th, 2019, 06:11 AM
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Yikes. Thanks, Norm. I just went and edited all of the above you mentioned. I think you should send your post as a PM to the site admin's, because that is a change that they really need to implement.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Weezer View Post
Yikes. Thanks, Norm. I just went and edited all of the above you mentioned. I think you should send your post as a PM to the site admin's, because that is a change that they really need to implement.
Hi Weezer - Well, LLC dba Internet Brands owns a plethora of websites - I mean hundreds - here's a listing of just their automotive websites. They own many, many more types of websites in other areas. Home & Travel, Health, Legal, etc. Most are freebie websites, but they also have some highly customized (not free) websites. Getting 'involved' with back-end Administrator's takes a lot of time. The CO website has moderators - moderators are provided a 'panel' of things they can change (which are given to them by the CO website Administrators). Even the CO moderators would be hard-pressed to suggest changes because it does take time. Especially on a free website. It's often better to highlight (as I tried to do) some of the features CO users can invoke in their own security settings. Sometimes, it simply just is what it is.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 07:24 AM
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Thanks Norm, good info.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 07:27 AM
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Thanks Norm, good info.
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Old January 28th, 2019, 07:39 AM
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Great point, Norm, thanks!
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Old January 29th, 2019, 05:50 PM
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Thanks Norm, updated mine.
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Old January 29th, 2019, 05:56 PM
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Great point, Norm, thanks!
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Old January 29th, 2019, 05:57 PM
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Thanks Norm, updated mine.
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Old February 16th, 2019, 01:21 PM
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Hello, regarding the cams, do you know if they could be used in a off site (as not on your property). Is there something on the market that would work by not having any wifi connection, thanks Jerry.
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Old February 16th, 2019, 03:05 PM
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Hello, regarding the cams, do you know if they could be used in a off site (as not on your property). Is there something on the market that would work by not having any wifi connection, thanks Jerry.
Many/Most video cams work w/o WiFi. You simply hook up cam hardwired to a device (laptop, PC, etc) with enough HDD space to accommodate the required amount of storage based upon your settings. Unless you're referring to satellite and have extraordinarily deep pockets.
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Hello, regarding the cams, do you know if they could be used in a off site (as not on your property). Is there something on the market that would work by not having any wifi connection, thanks Jerry.
There are cellular cams. They're more expensive than the ubiquitous WiFi cams and you'll need a cell plan for it.
And, depending on how remote your installation is, you'll need a power source.
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