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Monday, May 1, 2017

Somebody seems to be spending some good money to track me down. (False Alarm. Sorry)

   



Well, at least he or she or they seem to be watching me, which may mean they are watching you if you read this blog.

Tonight I was doing a little work on the blog, and I noticed I had somebody coming onto the blog from Nurnberg, Bayern. I guess this is in Germany, looked like it from the map.  They came in at 2137 local and left at 2145 local.  I noticed because I don't get a lot of German visitors. Then I saw the web page they came from, and it looked odd so I went there.

Timer4web/Harry Flashmans Blogspot

It would appear this is some kind of data mining company working out of Poland. Most of the things it tracks are Greek to me. I know the I.P. is your internet address, and it tracks that. But the rest of it, I have no idea what they are looking for.

If I read the header on the page right, this company first started tracking me in March of 2013. That's odd, since I didn't start this blog until July 2013. Later it says some of the reports were first made in March of 2014, so maybe they just messed that up. Since I don't know what all the little things they are tracking are, I don't know what they want to know about me. Other than my location, the best thing to do would just be to ask me.  This service is not cheap, at least not by my standards, so I am assuming that whoever is doing this, is not just following me on their account but others as well..

Interesting, probably I should be flattered that somebody was interested enough to do this. I am a little concerned that one of the things they can tell is who visits the blog, but I didn't see anything that indicated that. Maybe someone more conversant with this can tell me what the other things they are tracking mean. Most of them came up with no hits anyway. Does seem a bit strange, all around.

update:
Dr. Jim sent me this link.  Now I know that no human being cares where I am (I'm uncertain whether this is a good thing or bad thing) but I still hope this hasn't gotten on my site. I use AVG so maybe if they want to inflate my numbers AVG will prevent it.

Timer4web/Harry Flashmans Blogspot

This link explains what this company does. It has to do with advertisements on your blog, which I don't have anyway.


My daughter just sent me this video. Weasels are related to ferrets, but are smaller and much harder to care for.  Below Ozzy the Weasel does his war dance.


22 comments:

  1. It's probably related to that stinky bigfoot monster with the red glowing eyes in your woods.

    They're all aliens.

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    1. or wetbacks from Gainesville.

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    2. Gainesville, GA or Gainesville, FL?

      Only two things that smell come out of Gainesville, FL, commie-gators and welfare queens.

      On the other hand, if it is a bigfoot thingy, you could probably make some serious money if you finally shot one and proved the durned critter's existence.

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    3. Well, I wouldn't want to shoot it. It's like bears, I'll leave them alone if they'll leave me alone. Cryptozoologists the world over would burn me in effigy if I shot Big Foot!

      I guess I could say that in the dark I mistook him for a crack head. ;-)

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  2. They're what's called a "spam referral" provider.

    Googled for them and found this:

    http://botcrawl.com/block-timer4web-com-referrer-spam-in-google-analytics/

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    1. Well, that sure bruised my ego. Here I thought somebody was willing to pay $25.00 a year to find out my address and telephone number, and they're just looking for somebody to spam. That's embarrassing. I ought to delete the post, but that really wouldn't be fair, so I will just have to suffer some embarrassment. :-)

      I appreciate your letting me know that. Years ago I had some trouble with some Brits who were harassing an Israeli friend of mine on line. They really did track me down and it was ugly. Never figured out how they did it, but I shut down the blog about that time anyway, and got a new phone number.

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    2. Harry, when it comes to tracking people down, some of these internet denizens can be very resourceful...just read up on the battle between the leftist actor Shia LeBeouf and the internet forum 4Chan. While I imagine it's not amusing at all when it's happening to one's own self, it *is* actually rather amusing in that instance. The difference is that in your case, you're not narcissistically making a huge public spectacle of yourself, while LeBeouf is doing exactly that.

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    3. These guys and girls from England would call me on the phone at all hours of the night, and say they were coming over here to kill my wife and kids. I knew they were full of it, I doubt between them they could raise enough money for bus fare out to Heathrow. But it was unpleasant, and since I worked late a lot, it worried me. Trying to get the phone company to do anything was a joke. I finally paid to get a new phone number and that solved that.

      I'm not so much worried about some flake finding my location, though I'd as soon that didn't happen. What really worries me is that a lot of people who come here don't have blogs because they don't want people finding them. I don't want to compromise those people's security because of some hole in my blog. I don't know much about computers, so I don't know how real that possibility is.

      I never heard of Shia LeBeouf, sounds like somebody out of a Monty Python skit. CC told me about some of the political hacking wars that are going on between cyber geeks who are against President Trump, and cyber geeks who are for him. It boggles the mind.

      Thanks for the comment, Bert. I appreciate it.

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  3. Harry, you have a VPN on your computer, right? I use P.I.A VPN, 3 bucks a month. Right now my I.P. addy is in Seattle, but I can chose from a list of cities or countries. There are several good VPNs out there, but this was the easiest for me since I am no guru on computer.

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    1. I don't know what a VPN is. We only have one internet provider in this county, and that's Windstream. I have a router my son set up for me, so I can run this computer, my wife's computer, and my Kindles off it.

      I am guessing the N at the end of VPN stands for network?

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    2. VPN = Very Private Network. Goes thru your provider. I only have one, too. I also have a wireless router for my computer....doesn't matter. Check it out; just google P.I.A VPN. I run all my devices off my router, but the VPN is only on the computer for now. (I think,)

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    3. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) would send an encrypted stream of your traffic to a server somewhere else that would make appear that your computer is wherever the server is located. You could appear to be coming from another state, or say the UK if you wanted to watch The BBC. Your ISP (Windstream) wouldn't know what you are doing because they couldn't monitor the traffic and server logs on anywhere you visit wouldn't know your real origin.

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    4. Apparently VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_network). I had to look it up too.

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    5. Depending on what it costs, and if it doesn't mess up anything else, I'd like to have one of those. I am going to call Windstream this morning and ask about it.

      In the past, every time I have tried some new whiz bang thing, it messes up something else. For instance, I thought encrypted email would be great, although in truth I don't write very exciting emails, but it didn't work out.

      This sounds like it would be good. You never know, Chloe and the Legions of Darkness may be closing in on me as we speak!

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    6. VPN has nothing to do with your service provider. You contact the VPN company online and go from there. Costs me 3 bucks a month with PIA as I pay yearly. Go over to their website and check it out. There are others, too. Just Google VPN and sit back.

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    7. How did you find the VPN network you signed up with? I will go look at PIA.

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    8. Ok. I looked at their web page. I want to go back and read some of their FAQ's, but let me just check with you on this , Tewshooz. When you signed up, you just paid them and you didn't have to do anything else? You didn't have to change your modem or router or any of that? And everything worked just like it did before, it didn't mess up your email, or your browser, or anything?

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    9. I saw VPN information on a computer hacking newsletter I get from time to time. They alert people as to what is going on and how to protect oneself against computer bad guys. PIA was their VPN of choice and so I checked it out.

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  4. Actually, you never know who is watching and listening and how they're disguised. One thing that we know for sure, Big Brother knows everything we type online and everything we say on the phone. And, of course, they know where our cars and phones are located every second of the day.

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    1. You know, for a long time I used to worry about the government reading my email, especially when Bill the Bastard had Janet Reno whacking everybody who didn't worship at the foot of his throne. But then I got my Curio and Relic License, and I knew I was on some government S**T list from that point on, so I didn't care as much. Now it's just old hat. I figure the federal agencies are too busy trying to subvert the new Administration right now to worry about people like me... or terrorists... small stuff like that.

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    2. My vehicles are too old to have GPS tracking, so they don't know where I am, not that it really matters. Isn't it amazing how we all need to have our personal GPS tracker with us at all times nowadays. (I mean our phone). I leave mine home, just like the old days...if someone calls, they can leave a message. Remember, it was not even that long ago that we did not even have answering machines on our land lines.

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    3. I always carry my phone, because I dread being way out on some back road and having the Jeep break down. Years ago, before cell phones, my truck broke down in one of the local wilderness areas. Nobody goes out there, and I was in the worst place for a breakdown. By the Grace of God, along came some younglings in a Jeep and got me back on the road again. If they hadn't, it would have taken more than a day to walk out of there. My cell phone gives me confidence that even if I break down in a place with no coverage, if I walk long enough I'll find a signal.

      My phone is set up not to do voice mail. I hate voicemail, as I can't hear the phone well enough to hear what people are saying, and they always talk fast. So I have an old fashioned answering machine in case my kids call when I am out.

      I don't have GPS built into my vehicles but I do have those "navigator things" plugged in so I don't get disoriented on the back roads here. I find I have tendency to do that these days.

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