What is a MyLife Profile Alert

mylifecom_logoMyLife.com is a supposed social networking site that claims to help old friends connect. Isn’t that what Facebook is for? In all actuality they are a data aggregation website masquerading as a social networking site and a source of false misleading SPAM.

My take on it, it’s a barren wasteland that uses bots and SPAM to target potential members to surrender personal information for less than special reasons. They have been labeled as a scam and a class-action suit has been brought against the principals behind the operation. The premise of the suit states that mylife.com had members use their credit cards to pay for a membership fee of $7.95 to reconnect and find out who may be looking for them. The company then charged unsuspecting customers $100 or more to their credit cards.

That’s not all, in addition to blatant fraud, their victims find out that the company has grabbed their friends email addresses and are now soliciting them stating that someone is looking for them. Preposterous!

You might get an email from them stating that someone is searching for you on their site. Yeah, don’t fall for that. They do that to every email address they can get their hands on. They get millions of emails from unsuspecting users address book by literally hi-jacking their way in.

The bogus charges are from subscriptions that the user was not aware of.  MyLife’s homepage has a search box, very prominently placed, that states, see who’s searching for you. You punch in your name, age and zip code to “find out instantly” who is searching for you. However, before you are given any results, you are taken to a page where you are asked to connect your email accounts under the guise of getting new alerts. When in fact what you have done is given MyLife access to your address book. Further propagating their scam.

MyLife has supposed testimonials from users that praise the site. Of course, why would they put up a scam alert? The numerous complaints all paint a very different picture. Really though, think about it. How often would someone from your past be searching for you? Would you even care? Why would they not just look you up on Facebook?

Nearly everyone that pays the subscription fees to find out who is looking for them comes up empty handed. Repeatedly people find out its all just hoax and no one is really looking for them.

They already have my profile!

Other’s have reported finding false information about themselves after “claiming” their own profiles. If you find that they have incorrect information you should act immediately and insist that your profile be removed and scrubbed from their database. Most legitimate websites want happy satisfied customers. MyLife is not one of those sites. I don’t know if they will actually remove your profile, I don’t have experience with the site and have no intention of sharing my information with them. There are reports out their on the net stating that others have emailed them and insisted they remove their fraudulently obtained data, and had their profiles taken down. They have also been know to ask users to pay a fee to have their profile taken down.

Is this Illegal?

Most of the data you find on MyLife, is obtained from public sources and is technically not illegal to redistribute. Lying is not illegal on the net, other wise dating sites would fall by the wayside! Ethically speaking, the people at MyLife.com must be morally bankrupt knowing that for 13 years they have been preying on unsuspecting users that fall for their ridiculous scam tactics.

 

@BTCArchitect AKA Edgar Soares – The ARCH Coin Scam?

EdgarWhen people think of crypto currency, the first thought that comes to mind is either… “what’s that?” OR “I know someone who got scammed”. Enter today’s topic of discussion, Edgar Soares. Edgar is also known as @BTCArchitect on Twitter. Supposedly, he is an accredited architect from the EU nation Portugal. He designed and built a crypto currency and a complete corporate ecosystem to power his business model that included projects like Blocktrust, iHash – a mining pool operation, 3D printing and a modular living space called Mobi.

Over the past weekend, without warning, he shut down his long time investors Slack communication channel. This forced his investors to take to Twitter to communicate and to ultimately form a mobile Telegram group for discussions. Things don’t look too bright for Edgar Soares at this time, He has a very pissed off Bulgarian club owner ready to feed him to a pig stye, and that’s just one of 120 plus CEO’s that he royally screwed over. He has blocked me on Twitter, along with numerous other people that called him out on his discrepancies.

ARCH Coin ICO raised somewhere around $450K USD at bitcoins price during the ICO phase. Those funds were ear marked for prototype construction of his Moby design. Everyone that was anyone in crypto circles either owned some or was keeping a close eye on Edgar Soares and ARCH coin. He was after all a successful trader, a reputable architect with a moderately successful online persona. Today that persona is crap.

Was ARCH coin the greatest BTC scam of all? Take a look at some facts and make the determination yourself. $450K USD raised. Not one blueprint shared with one single investor, not one clear image or video of the Moby project during the supposed construction phase that lasted a over a year. If you are building something as unique and cool as a Moby, don’t you think it would make sense to share some media tidbits to generate product buzz? Yes, that is what most businesses would do. No, not Edgar Soares though. All that was shared was 3D renderings that were built in Bryce 3D or an Autocad type design software suite.

All domains and IP related to ARCH coin were deleted without warning from public view. Slack channel deleted, effectively removing all traces of communication between Edgar and the rest of the investors in the Arch network projects. Multiple people blocked on Twitter after calling him out.

Take a look at what he shared to account for the 900 BTC crowdfunding. It just screams, “hey, I totally made this shit up when I was asked for reconciliation!”

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This whole thing just looks like one long, epic, drawn out scam. Fortunately for me I learned a valuable lesson early when trading and investing in crypto. Take profits early and often. I did, and made close to 25 BTC By selling half of my initial 5 BTC investment. I sold at near peak back in April of 2015. When things just did not add up, I should have dumped all but I was free rolling the remaining CEO seat to see what would happen.

Turns out my suspicions were correct and the ARCH network went into a steady decline and excuse after excuse was given to the network of believers in this coin. Edgar actually had the nerve to place the shutdown blame and his exit on one of his many investors for ‘leaking’ information. What was leaked was a warning, a certain individual was onto his scheme and forced his hand. This caused the shutdown, deletion and his attempt to erase the evidence and cover up what we have witnessed since the news went public.

One more thing, to @BTCArchitect specifically. I can still see all your tweets dumb ass. You think you are the only person with multiple twitter accounts. Blocking me was literally the stupidest thing ever. I have 5 twitter accounts, business, personal, comic relief. Yeah, I just wonder what you actually thought you were accomplishing by blocking your indentured servants. Time will tell how this plays out. I’ll update if anything worthy of mentioning comes to light. Geek out!

 

UPDATE: 1/27/2016

Last night I got an email from bitcoin talk forum. The email was related to a post that I had replied on and quoted several other replies. While there was no real reason to delete my post, as I was defending Edgar’s wallet code. The part that strikes me as dubious and telling is the quote from BTCArchitect that makes a very bold statement. Take a look at this screen shot I took from inside gmail. Since bitcoin talk sends you what has been deleted in the notification email, it makes this look as though Edgar Soares is covering his tracks. He definately would not want repurcussions from the oasrs.org society of Architects.

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The statement “As the member of the Order of Architects, memeber number 13031, I am totally liable for any work, words or financial agreement…inside architecture or out. Yes, out, my rep here supersedes any game we have been playing in “crypto”

He then links to a document at oasrs.org that is related to statutes and regulations. The link is only valid if you are logged in. Since I’m pretty damn sure of my Google fu, I went on a quest.

It would seem that if you translate this page http://wwwold.oasrs.org:8080/en/disciplina ethics play a keen role in the order of architects. Disciplanary action against his license and career choice? Stop it! Ultimately this could be the best form of retribution. Again, we have to take proactive stance, follow up on any leads and as usually, take a wait and see approach. Leave a comment for the record, include how much you invested, what drew you into Arch etc.

 

Why does my wireless go down?

I’ve worked for Cable ISP’s in several markets and can tell you one thing. It’s most likely not your equipment or your cable companies service. This might be confusing you somewhat. Most people think that if something is not working, something is wrong with the equipment. I can tell you from experience that is not the case. Unfortunately most techs and every single customer service rep you will speak to about this type of issue will be clueless and unable to help you solve the problem.

Wireless equipment shares the same radio frequencies as many other consumer grade electronic devices. Cordless phones, baby monitors and a slew of other devices broadcast signals all over the place. The closer your equipment is to rogue unwanted signals, the higher the chances are of interference. This is especially true of cheap, mass produced wireless equipment. As a field technician for Bright House networks for 5 years. I investigated and attempted to solve thousands of these types of complaints.

What’s the Frequency?

One of the most common causes of WiFi interference is neighboring WiFi routers operating at the same frequency. To explain what interference is in a term that everyone can understand, I’ll explain this as I would to customers that were interested in hearing more information about their problem. Let it also be known that most customers are not interested in hearing the technical details, they just want their service to work without problems.

Interference can be summed up into something similar to one person sitting in between two people that are talking about different subjects, at different volume levels and trying to discern everything that is being said from both. Or even worse you are attempting to hear one person speaking softly across the room, while another person is screaming obscenities in your ear. That is basically what Wireless interference is in a nutshell.

How can I tell if that is the problem?

If you have a smartphone you can download a wireless network analyzer app and determine if your wireless router is broadcasting at the same channel as one of your neighbors routers.Screenshot_2016-01-19-09-41-56

This is very common in apartment communities. Wireless routers can be configured to broadcast on different wireless channels and most of the newer routers can determine if a channel is clean.

There is also a very strong probability that the channel contains a rogue wireless signal. Let me say this, finding a rogue wireless signal is not an easy task. I had a customer in a very expensive waterfront home that had intermittent wireless problems. They had numerous service calls, and on my first visit with them, I began asking questions about what was done and said in the past. If they had purchased any new wireless equipment etc. Turns out they had purchased a video transmitter and receiver set for their kitchen television. The cable installer had explained to the homeowner that it was not possible to route a cable down the wall where the TV was located and they ordered a wireless setup that plugged into the main television cable in the living room and it broadcast it’s signal over its own proprietary wireless communication protocol on 2.4GHz.

When this was discovered I showed them how it was completely knocking out the system whenever it was in use. Simply unplugging this device fixed their interference and connection issues completely.

 

 

 

Adjust your Routers!

Screenshot_2016-01-19-10-20-17One of the easiest and most successful ways to combat wireless interference is to configure your router to use a quieter part of the wireless spectrum’s available frequencies. Looking at that screen cap above, we can see several devices broadcasting. I am in the process of isolating interference and notice that my Router named HotSpot is broadcasting on the same frequency as another unknown unnamed network. I say unnamed because it is not actually broadcasting its SSID. The router I am using is a Linksys WRT900ACS. This is a $230 router that considered one of Linksys top of the line units. It is configured by default to auto channel select. It should have selected a quiet frequency. Unfortunately for us, it did not, or another frequency came along and interference reared its ugly head.

For now I am going to set my router to manually broadcast on channel three and take a wait and see how that works out approach. In addition upgrading to 5GHz equipment would most likely solve your issues. However that is expensive and to use the 5GHZ spectrum you would likely have to upgrade a lot of your devices. In addition some devices are not going to work on 5GHZ. Chromecast does not, and our wireless printer that is only 2 years old will not connect to the 5GHZ side of our router. We have trouble printing from devices that are connected to the 5GHz network and talking to our printer on the old 2.4 GHz frequency.