Not a lot to add really to what is said in the part you quoted, if your email address is 'email@example.com' you should be able to send an email to 'firstname.lastname@example.org' and it will land in the email@example.com inbox. Does it not work for you?
Originally Posted by Tebs_on_tour
You're just creating an email alias, that's all, saying 'it only exists on the bookies system' isn't correct, the *alias* exists at gmail's side so anything that's sent to the alias is filtered into your inbox.
If you're unsure about it you're probably best off either leaving it alone or testing it out first - pretty simple to test out, just send an email to 'firstname.lastname@example.org' (obviously replacing 'example' with your email address local part) and it should arrive in the 'email@example.com' inbox.
I haven't used it for a long time now because I have my own domain and I use the same kind of system as above but with '-' instead of '+' (because quite a few places don't allow '+' in email addresses even though it is a valid character to have in an email address).
There's some other good reading in these:
Originally Posted by mario
The Gambling Times - Threads Tagged with security
If you want to use a unique Moneybookers address and have unique emails for each site, then what do you do with sites like Betdaq who say that your registered email must be the same as your Moneybookers email too?
In my experience you have to use the registered moneybookers address unfortunately. I started out adding a new email address to my Moneybookers profile for each site that required you to use the same email address as your MB address (Centrebet and Canbet come to mind), but quickly stopped doing that since you can only add 5 email addresses to your profile at MB and it's VERY hard to get them removed (in my experience anyway, maybe they've made it a bit easier now to remove email addresses from your profile but last time I tried it took untold numbers of emails).
Originally Posted by musicbox
It is a pretty bad thing having to do that, there must be a lot of books which keep your password in plain text, so if you have to use your MB address to register at the site in question it wouldn't be too hard for an unscrupulous CS operator to take your email address and password, login to Moneybookers and do what they want.
There was one poor chap in the chatbox the other night you had his MB account broken into, wouldn't be too far beyond the realms of possibility to imagine that's ^ what happened there.
On a similar note, it's bad at places like 5dimes (I think?) where you have to send them your username, password, email address (can't remember if it has to be your MB address at 5dimes but quite possibly), date of birth and god knows what else just to change your password! With all that info they could probably manage to steal your identity as well as any funds in MB... places like that I just leave my password unchanged, much safer IMO than changing it with that ^ rigmarole every few months.
Will reply on here, kind of off topic on the IASbet thread...
Originally Posted by enigmam
The other show stopper with Keepass is Flash login forms, I could never get Keepass to work in Flash which I suppose is a bit annoying. Not sure why it doesn't but would be vaguely interested to know.
Security for your gambling PC
I couldn't find a guide on the site for securing your betting PC so I thought I'd write one.
Plenty of people will read about two more lines before dismissing this guide as applicable to the tin-foil-hat brigade only. It's not, it's applicable to everyone. I work in the computer industry for a living and I've seen what really happens when PC's and laptops get stolen. I've seen important stuff get hacked. The true cost is way, way more than 'just a pc'.
If at any stage you think this setup is over the top, go to wikipedia and read up on the Dunning-Kruger effect.
Note : I'm getting nothing for writing this and get nothing if you follow the recommendations. None of the links are affiliate links. All the recommended products bar one are free.
Most of you will have a not-so-insignificant sum of money stored online for use in matched betting/arbing. The following is a guide about how to secure your computer, at negligible cost, to help keep that money where it's supposed to be. In your accounts.
1) Passwords - 'letmein', 'password' and 'money' are not good passwords. Neither is your date of birth. In order to have a secure setup you need good passwords and there are plenty of trustworthy tools that will do this for you. My favourite password tool is Lastpass from www.lastpass.com (free) but Keepass www.keepass.info (free) is a good alternative. Both these tools remove the need for you to remember passwords, both will generate complex passwords, both auto-log you in and both are incredibly secure. You have absolutely no excuse for using the same weak password on multiple sites.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to have unique and strong passwords for all your sites.
For fun, take the lastpass test. Allow it to search your PC for stored passwords and then test their strength. Chances are you'll be (unpleasantly) surprised by what it finds, and the number of places you've used the same old password. Also remember that whatever lastpass finds is available for a thief or rogue program to find just as easily.
Oh, and no. Having one weak password for your 'casual' sites, a better one for 'important' sites and a good one for 'financial' sites is not a good password policy.
2) Remember Me/Remember Password - If you tick this box on any website, quite frankly you deserve to lose your money. How much effort does it take to type in a password ? Anyone who steals your laptop/PC and clicks on an icon is going to have an awful lot of fun gambling away your money. The bookies will love you too. You should never, ever use this function.
3) Windows logon - Not having a windows logon password (free) is just lazy. If your PC boots straight to windows to save you time, well, it'll boot straight to windows for the guy who steals it too. A windows password isn't total security but it's a nice deterrent to the casual thief's curiosity.
4) Full disk encryption - Truecrypt from www.truecrypt.org (free) will encrypt your entire harddrive. There's no performance hit and it's just one extra password at boot. I use Truecrypt and when I power on the only thing showing on the screen is my phone number. Windows only loads after I type my password, which is nice and strong. Actually, to give you an idea of how strong, here's the actual password. It's '1/4PounderWithCheeseMealLargeWithCoke'. I can tell you because I trust you
My phone number is there so that if my laptop is stolen/recovered I've a great chance of getting it back.
Also I know that if my laptop is ever stolen it's going to take one really, really computer literate thief to even get a windows logon screen. If he's that good at hacking, he wouldn't need my laptop to get into my accounts.
5) Keyloggers - Keyloggers generally get on your machine when you install some dodgy software or visit dodgy sites. They collect your keystrokes and silently send them back to the bad guy. To protect against keyloggers I use Keyscrambler from www.qfxsoftware.com (free). Automatically obfuscates all my keystrokes during input. I don't think it protects against hardware keyloggers but it'll certainly stop a lot of the software based ones. (Read the rules if you use AutoHotKey)
6) Online behaviour (particularly browsing pr0n) - If you browse porn you are going to get hacked. If you browse porn on your betting PC, you're asking to have all your money taken from you. Just don't do it. Go take a cold shower or something instead. If you really, really have to browse then use Sandboxie www.sandboxie.com (free). It creates a virtual sandbox on your PC and when you close it, 'poof', everything you downloaded has gone with it. (Yes, even your browsing history). If you are browsing anything on your betting PC, you should do it in Sandboxie. It's not just porn sites that host malware.
7) Antivirus - You really, really need antivirus. It also needs to be updating. I use NOD32 (not free) but there are free alternatives (www.av-comparatives.org will give you an idea about how good each antivirus package is). If you are not using antivirus you are begging to be hacked. Anyone who disables antivirus due to 'performance' issues really needs to think again. Switch vendor if performance is a problem, don't compromise your security to load a web page 0.001 seconds faster.
8) Windows Updates - Another free one. Switch them on. Auto download them all, they are available to you for a reason. They rarely cause issues (I auto-patch over 1000 production machines every month and cannot remember the last time there was a problem). They either give you extra functionality or fix security loopholes. Both are good from our point of view.
9) Anti-malware - I use MalwareBytes from www.malwarebytes.org (free). If malware did make it past everything above, this is one more free chance you have to detect it and stop it. Absolutely no reason not to have it.
10) Game/software cracks - If you download cracks, you are hacked.
11) Secure backups - Just a helpful one. Got important data ? Photo's or documents ? Dropbox at www.dropbox.com (free) allows you to store and sync whatever you want. If your machine crashes and you need to rebuild it's a great feeling knowing that all your important stuff is safe up in the cloud.
12) Suspect files - Got a file you really want to open/install and don't know if you should ? Upload it to www.virustotal.com (free) and it will be run against 40-something different antivirus tools, including all the mainstream ones. If they all flag it as clean it probably is.
Although the setup runs perfectly well without, I have purchased the full versions of all the above products (except Dropbox) to get the premium features. I didn't get the cracked versions because these are all anti-hacking tools and the main purpose of a lot of crackers is to get control of your PC. If a guy whose main motive is to control your PC suddenly offers to give you free software to protect against guys like him, would you take it ?
Finally, this is your money. If you've never had a machine stolen or a password compromised you WILL underestimate the impact it will have. Most of us have had a car stolen (I've lost two). Remember how you felt when it was missing ? "I wonder where they've gone with it, what have they done to it, I bet they've damaged it, it'll never be the same...." Well, when your PC goes you can add "I hope they don't post on a forum in my name, oh wait, they've got access to all my email too, now they can get all my logon info for everything. I need to contact my sites. Now, there's errm, betfair and Bet365, and, errr, that one I just joined, thingy...." There's also the classic "Oh, crikey, I do hope they don't look in that folder..."
Is there a version of Sandboxie for XP SP3?
The latest appears to be for 2000-Windows 7.
I can see a list of older versions but it doesnt say what OS they support.
Some brill advice there, thanks for the post/info.
I've recently been reading up on both keeppass and Truecrypt. I have a lot of my spreadsheets on a usb stick which I carry with me as I bet on my base unit when at home and laptop when out at a friends. Both PCs hold a regular back up of the usb stick. So encrypting them all it seems would be a very sensible thing to do.
Something to do sooner rather than later!
Don't forget to backup your brain too. You get squished and your loved ones could never figure out where all your money is.
Just write an explanation document for them that can be found when the great bookie god limits you to zero.
Originally Posted by OldMan
Yes, there's just one download and it's compatible with XP.
bump given the last few weeks stop being lazy you miserable gits get a moneybookers token!!!!!
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