Baron Davis Lawyers Send Strong Warnings Over Stolen Laptop

August 13, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Laptops

Baron Davis Lawyers Send Strong Warnings Over Stolen Laptop

Seems NBA Star Baron Davis lost his laptop to thieves. Worse, said laptop contains pictures and video that “depict, among other things, a variety of private images of [Davis], his associates and his colleagues.” There also seems to be “audio files [that] contain copyright protected compositions not for sale or release.”
This according to an aggressive legal notice sent out by Davis’ law firm Lavely & Singer. Lawyer William Briggs II basically asserts that any media outlet that purchases information stored on Davis’ stolen laptop are basically buying stolen goods (against the law). Based on the language of the stern warning, … [Read More]

Buying Gadgets from Strangers: 3 Rules

July 27, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Tricks

Buying Gadgets from Strangers: 3 Rules

Before you plop down your hard-earned cash for that dream second-hand gadget, here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Demand the Gadget’s Serial Number
After you get the serial number, search for it online, on Google, Yahoo, Bing, and any other search engines you can think of. Chances are that, if the gadget you’re about to buy is stolen, the previous owner dutifully reported the theft on user group forums, blogged about, or found a way to publicize the theft online. He or she most likely posted what was stolen (including the item’s serial number), where, and how.
What if the … [Read More]

What a Hacked PC Means to You

May 29, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Desktops, Laptops

What a Hacked PC Means to You

I have a feeling that many of us know unconsciously what can be done with a Hacked PC, but it took The Washington Post to illustrate the concepts, categorizing the various badness into six neat categories (click the pic below to see the Post’s graphic in full):

I will admit considering the vulnerabilities of Financial Credentials as a revelation. Aside from the almost-cliche possibility of stolen credit card numbers and bank accounts details is the potential to manipulate stock trades and mutual funds on your non-consented behalf. Overlooking those is understandable, especially since many of us don’t really have the sound … [Read More]

Why You Should Never Let Stuff Get Stolen

April 7, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Ramblings of a Gadget Geek

Why You Should Never Let Stuff Get Stolen

Why? Read on below:
A friend’s old-generation Macbook Pro was stolen over a year ago. So imagine his surprise when he encountered it on a for-sale forum. The serial number posted by the seller indicated that it was my friend’s long lost Macbook Pro!
So my friend contacts the seller, confronting him about the laptop while asking him to return it. Initially, the seller agreed to return the laptop immediately, and look for the thief. Unfortunately, on the agreed date, the seller was a no-show.
Now I’m assuming the seller had nothing to do with the original theft. After all he posted … [Read More]


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