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Pierogi talks about scambaiting and how to avoid scammers.

Avoid Scammers by Learning How Their Scams Operate

Scammers have learned to use systems like shipping, rental cars, and rental homes against us. And they’re really good at staying under the radar. They also know a lot of psychological tricks to manipulate us and use our own brains to get us caught in their traps. In order to avoid scammers and stay safe,…

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Sander van der Linden talks about misinformation techniques and how you can become foolproof.

Identifying Misinformation Techniques to Become Untrickable

Modern communication is lightning-fast, and the internet is available all the time. Misinformation and disinformation spreads quickly, and it’s easy for even smart and aware people to be caught by it. But there is a way to keep misinformation from tricking you. By understanding disinformation and misinformation techniques, you can “inoculate” yourself against false and…

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Chris Chabris and Dan Simons talk about scam methods and how they fool even smart people.

How Scam Methods Fool Our Brains (and How to Spot Their Tricks)

Like malicious magicians, scammers use distractions and illusions to keep you from figuring out their tricks. They know if they can’t keep up the facade, you’ll realize it’s fishy. Many of the common techniques of scams – like urgency and rushing your decision – are really ways to hijack your decision-making brain and keep you…

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Mikko Hypponen talks about IoT devices and security and the future of cyber war.

IoT Devices, Cyber Warfare, and the Future of Security

If you think about it, the technology we have around us today is pretty incredible. From generative AI tools like ChatGPT to DNA testing, so many technological abilities that are normal now would have been something out of a sci-fi film or a James Bond movie thirty years ago. But just like in science fiction,…

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Robin Dreeke talks about communication techniques to build trust.

Communication Techniques to Build Trust and Avoid Manipulators

Whether you’re talking to a friend, interviewing a potential employee, making a sale, or recruiting a spy, human psychology doesn’t change. The foundations of an honest conversation are the same. We can use communication techniques to inspire trust and get the information we need. Master manipulators may know how to sound good without answering your…

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Roberta Blevins talks about MLMs, MLM scams, and red flags to watch for.

Avoid MLM Scams, Manipulation, and Loss by Watching for These Red Flags

People end up in a multi-level marketing company, or MLM, for different reasons. Maybe you wanted to help a friend. Maybe you wanted to make some extra money. Or maybe you were tricked and didn’t intend to sign up at all. It’s important to know that not all multi-level marketing companies are bad. But MLM…

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What you need to know about the Meta Threads app.

Meta Threads: The Good, the Bad, and the Concerning

Twitter has had a pretty rough year. Regardless of what you think about Elon Musk, it’s pretty clear that his changes to Twitter have made a lot of users consider jumping ship. If you’re one of them, you may be looking at the dozens of alternatives out there. Some are new, some have been around…

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Chase Hughes talks about how the ability to read body language can help you spot scams and manipulation.

Learn to Read Body Language and Understand Behavior to Spot Manipulation

Scammers, fraudsters, and manipulators of all kinds are out there trying to take advantage of you. Often, they are incredibly skilled at it. Even the smartest and most aware person can get caught in a scam. But there are stills we can learn to help. Learning to read body language and understand human behavior can…

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