Reddit, that bastion of human kindness and human depravity, is the perfect source for Evil Week. With anonymous handles and endless discussions taking place, people are more than happy to reveal some of their most devious behaviours. One particular thread of note highlighted some of the most 'unethical' and possibly illegal life hacks that you really shouldn't feel good about performing. Here are the best bits.
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There are few feelings worse than having the sanctity of your home violated by thieves. It's not just the loss of valuable possessions, but that a stranger has completely violated your personal space. This is what happened to someone I know yesterday. But what might sound like a run-of-the-mill break-and-enter was far smarter and will have lasting implications for those involved.
Weak passwords, unlocked devices and disabled security software can make your data vulnerable. But leaving a laptop in a car where opportunistic thieves (or serious criminals) can access it will make security pros pull their hair out. In related news, it seems a Secret Service agent will be staying back after work for some extra security training this week...
With modern cars becoming more connected, with smarter features, hacking is a real danger. It's rare, but it's already happening. We're not in the "stop your engine" world yet, but it's easy to break into a car with keyless entry and steal everything inside without the owner ever knowing the car was unlocked.
Australians can now instantly insure their valuables and electronics with just a few finger swipes on their smartphones. The Trov app allows you to turn insurance on (or off) for single items ranging from TVs and laptops to bicycles and musical instruments. Prices start at just a few bucks per month. Here's how it works.
Browser hijacking is fast-becoming an all-too-common scenario. But how do you know if it's happened to you? Maybe your browser is behaving oddly or perhaps your homepage is suddenly different (and you've never seen the website before). If you ever find yourself in this alarming scenario, these tips will help you to remove the threat.
If you're going to perform a factory reset on your phone, don't change your Google account password. Thanks to a new security feature Google's adding to the newest versions of Android, changing your password right before resetting your device will trigger an irreversible 72-hour lockout on your device.
Hey Lifehacker, My father runs a factory which is about 20kms away from our home. It's in a remote area with iffy phone signals and no internet connection. Trucks comes at around midnight every day for loading, but my father suspects the drivers are also stealing some goods during this time. What's the best option for monitoring the area? Does it matter that the cameras can't be connected?
As any armchair anarchist will tell you, shoplifting doesn't cost retail stores anything, because they factor the cost of stolen goods into their pricing -- if nobody stole, we'd be giving them money for free. While this viewpoint is more than a little dubious, it can't be denied that Australians get slugged with a pretty hefty premium to offset in-store losses. According to Euromonitor International’s latest Global Retail Theft report, more than $2,413 million is lost to 'retail shrinkage' in Australia each year, with customers forced to pay an annual "honesty tax" of $290.
Our accidental IT pro columnist returns. This time around, he's dealing with two common challenges: stolen laptops and angry execs.