Social Engineering, can you be hacked?

I need to share first my urge to read. I have it since I was 5 years old and never overcome it. I like to immerse myself in another reality, see the world through someone else mind. I found that for me this is so enchanting that sometimes the thin line between book and reality mingle in my head and not sure if I read it or had really happened. Two days ago I was spying on my flatmate book and the name speaks to me, inviting me to have a second pick to see the author. As I am not great at hiding my enthusiasm, he gave it to me to read, as he was just re-reading some passages. I usually read on my Kindle out of commodity and because is easier for me to buy tones of books and keep it on a tiny device rather than on bookshelves in my room. This time I had to settle for a proper book with real pages and to be honest is getting more and more difficult for me to read it and I have already checked the price on Amazon ๐Ÿ˜€ Technology is sometimes addictive and does appeal to our laziness to become part of every day life.

Based on the same laziness we have inbuilt in ourselves, we are very easy to be hacked and the book has plenty of examples of how gullible we can be on the right hands. In few minutes you can find plenty of information on someone on a simple search. I usually do use this tool of research quite often in my job as a sales engineer to find information about the company and the person I will be in contact with. We live in an era when information is power and this is what makes me excel at what I do. Until reading this book I never thought of research being such a valuable skill and the main part of information gathering in social engineering.

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For me, social engineering so far is an art to read people and how you handle the information is what makes all the difference. It is the subtle use of having your homework done and be aware of the breaches you have in your system (can be your mind, your email your social life). Could you be easily the subject of blackmail or how hurt would you be if someone will know the darkest secrets of your life? Most likely those secrets are more in plain view than you ever think.

I will close this post with a link for the book in case you want to be more prepared for what others can know easily about you. Hopefully is not going to get you scared by rather a bit more careful with what you let yourself out there in the digital world.



Why CryptoCurrency Should Not Be A Foreign Language To You

Ok I am sure that by now you must have heard of this weird internet money. I am sure you must have seen at least an article somewhere if you are not living in a cave. I become familiar very early as I have a wide plethora of weird friends, so I must say that I was at least curious. I started with a lot of disbelief as I could not understand at the beginning why we need an alternative for the financial system. What was wrong with it? I was pretty ignorant at all at that time and I start to read what is money and how they are made for each country. I learned terms like the national debt and centralized bank, or rather I understood them better this time (I must have studied them once upon a time in high school). After a few more financial literature, I understood why the cryptocurrency proposal could stand a chance. If I would be brave enough to buy some bitcoin at the end of 2010, today I would be rich ๐Ÿ˜€

I told you several times that one of my biggest deficiencies is my lack of persistence. So after thorough research and a few questions to friends I completely ignored the topic until 2015. That was the year my curiosity revived. I even bought a little bit back then as a learning process. I was trying to understand how I can hold it, where and for how long. Next year the first social media platform based on a blockchain appeared and this time another friend said I should check it out as I love to travel. The way he sold it to me was really appealing, that I can write my blog posts in there and get rewarded in cryptocurrency. So a broad translation getting some sort of money for writing. I completely jumped in that boat and I am one of the early adopters in this case. My first post was in October 2016 only a few months after the website launched in March.

There is something that changed the course of my usual easiness to abandon stuff at high speed. I was not earning enough money on this platform to make a living, far from that, but I start to interact with the other users. I was reading interesting posts about money, science, psychology, or listening to music contests. All of them were created by amazing people that soon enough I start to care about, a real community. The platform was our home and I felt that I should be helping it be alive. The platform was back then called steemit and I was able to set username with my name

One year passed and in 2017 I have decided to attend the first meeting (the first one for me) that was held in Lisbon. Me and another 300 people ๐Ÿ˜€ It was not my first cryptocurrency meeting as in the past I used to attend networking events in London based on Ethereum or Bitcoin. But the atmosphere was completely different. I felt like at a music festival, everyone there was really excited to be part of that. I met another person originally from Romania and he was as well a very early adaptor and part of the organizing team. I made friends that helped me understand more about different coins on the cryptomarket and gave me the impulse to experiment a little more with trading. I met artists, music writers, people living alternative lives, and very serious people that only spoke about finance and business, a rainbow crowd. I finally felt I fit in, I found my place around them.

I left from Lisbon with friends, funny memories and a determination to be more active in the crypto-world. I attended even more networking events, helped to organize our first Steemit London Meetup and I was investing in small amounts of either coins or ICOs. I become savvy in transaction platforms and I was even hoping I will become a full-time employee of one at a point. Next year, late 2018, meeting/festival was in Warsaw and this time I won a writing contest on the platform and I did not pay the attendance fee or the flight (around 500 euro all in one). Heretofore is the only place I managed to manifest my creative being with persistence, some times daily, other times weekly but minimum once a month. Recently the blockchain had a fork on the same time with Corona Virus, so for now, there are 2 platforms one decentralized and one owned by Justin Sun. This post will be found on which is the decentralized version.

This is a short history of my presence in the cryptocurrency market and by far the easy way to enter if you financial trading does come handy at first glance. Slowly you will be learning how to use the crypto you earn on the platform (if you want to do this) to buy products/services from the “real” world, but I wouldn’t advise doing this too early on. In my case, I truly believe that someday cryptocurrency will worth millions and I will decide then what how to spend my fortune. But to come back to my title, I believe that if you are not getting involved now, learn a little, there is a strong possibility that you are going to miss out speaking the most international money language – cryptocurrency. It will be like the English of 2040, if we consider that now the international language for science is English. So you might say that you still have plenty of years to think about, but from my experience, those years will pass in a blow of a dandelion.

I am sure that the reason you are not yet hooked on the cryptocurrency is because of the fear – that is too complicated, that you might lack the right skills, that you are not good/technical/ intelligent enough. Well experienced them all at the beginning, but I have decided to move on, act aside my fears and to do what is working for me for my earthly personality. I haven’t invested a big amount at once, only what I was comfortable to lose. I made a habit of buying a weekly amount of crypto weekly or monthly and I see it as a long term investment. I am at peace if everything will go down and I will lose everything because I never went wild. But what if I am right and the crypto market will reach the moon by 2040, would you want to start now to learn??

If you are inspired and willing to give it a try, I am willing to help you in this journey. Have a moment to think your questions and send me a summary of what’s unclear and I might be able to bring you some light.