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If a colleague came to your desk, picked up your wallet and removed $10 without asking you, would you be outraged? Yet, if a colleague came up to you and started asking you about how your weekend went, you would be perfectly okay with it.

In the first scenario, someone took $10 of your money; in the second, someone took ten minutes of your time. You can always earn more money but you will never earn more time.

We do similar things to ourselves. We feel guilty if we go out and spend money on a new device only to find after a few weeks, we are no longer using the device. But we think nothing of spending two hours crawling through our social media feeds looking at nothing in particular.

For many, the belief is money is their greatest asset, but the reality is your greatest asset is time. It doesn’t matter how much money you have if you have no time to enjoy it. You will never be able to take your money with you when you finally run out of time.

What does wasting time really mean? A good way to measure this is to look at how you are spending your time each day.

If you are going through each day aimlessly—waking up at the very last minute, gulping down some coffee, dashing out of the door to go to a job that doesn’t inspire you or take you towards your goals, spending your lunch break complaining to your colleagues about how you hate your job and returning home at the end of the day to sit exhausted on the sofa while consuming hours of pointless entertainment on your TV or phone… you are wasting time.

If you feel your day has been wasted, then it probably was. You are not making the most of your time each day.

Here’s what you can do from now on to stop wasting time:

1. Have a Plan for the Day

The biggest time waste is not having any kind of plan for the day or week. When we don’t have a plan for the day, we just drift through the day reacting to anything that comes our way and not making any progress towards our goals or purpose.

We watch the news and let politicians anger us and then get involved in political discussions with people we don’t know who do not share our views. These ‘discussions’ frustrate us, cause our negative emotions to rise and leaves us feeling angry and empty.

If you stopped and asked yourself why you were getting involved in such discussions, you would probably discover there is no reason at all. It is just a waste of time. You are not likely to persuade a person who does not share your political beliefs to change theirs.

If politics is important to you, then become a politician. If not, stay away from these ‘discussions’. They are not going to change anything and are just a waste of your time.

2. Be Aware of Your ‘Time Suckers’

Being aware of where your ‘time suckers’ are is the first step to making the most of your available time. Starting with the basics, we should be doing work that inspires us. If your current job does not inspire you, investing some time to find a vocation that does inspire you would be a good use of your time.

Watching how much time you are spending on social media is another area to be aware of. Are you spending too much time scrolling through your social media feeds? If so, perhaps you should be limiting the amount of time you spend there each day.

How much time do you spend in front of the TV each day? If your daily routine involves coming home from work, mentally exhausted only to turn on the TV and sit there for the next three of four hours mindlessly watching shows you have no interest in; you are wasting your time.

3. Begin the Day with Intention

If you start the day with intention with a set of meaningful objectives to complete each day, you are maximizing your time.

For example, if you wake up in the morning with a plan to spend thirty minutes exercising, one hour studying Italian and a couple of hours meeting with your friends, you are making good use of your time. (And that’s only three and a half hours of your day!)

Health and fitness, education and relationship building are not wasteful activities. All you need do is to look at your calendar before you go to bed, see where you are going to be the next day and add in the activities you want to do that day.

By completing your objectives for the day, you will feel you have had a meaningful day, and from that will flow a lot of positive energy. It will inspire you to do more of the same the next day.

Having a couple of objectives that improves you as a person, elevates your positive emotions and maintains your health is all you need to make sure you are making the most of your time.

Take a look at this guide to find your intention: How to Get Motivated Every Day When You Wake Up

4. Be in a Proactive State

Maximizing your time each day is all about switching from being in a reactive state to being in a proactive state.

A reactive state is where you allow events outside your control to control what you do and how you feel. Consuming social media, negative news, getting involved in pointless debates and allowing email to control what you do each day at work.

A proactive state is where you start the day with intention. You intend to do some exercise, improve your knowledge and you know what work you will do that day. You don’t allow events outside your control affect your mood and you avoid pointless debates about politics, current affairs or celebrity gossip.

If you do not have a plan for the day, you are going to be in a reactive state.

Having a plan for the day does not need to be overly complex. All you need is to select a few activities that will energize you, activities that you will look forward to doing and will improve your life in some way or another.

Starting your workday with the intention to get a stuck project moving forward again, spending thirty minutes outside in nature with no online distractions, just enjoying the freedom being offline for thirty minutes will do so much for your overall wellbeing and giving yourself one hour each day for education—an online course, a book on psychology or learning to beat match on a CDJ.

Just picking a few of these activities to do each day maximizes your time, improves your mood and gives you a sense that you have not wasted your day.

Learn more about how to plan for the day in this article: How Setting Daily Goals Makes You Achieve Big Success

Final Thoughts

The truth is, we do not have a lot of time. Human life is relatively short and wasting time on online distractions, getting involved in meaningless discussions about things we have no control over, and drifting through our days with no plan or objective is like withdrawing $100 from your bank account each day, and throwing it away in the garbage can.

You can’t afford to do that and you can’t afford to throw away those precious hours we are given every day. You will never get them back.

So, from now on, become aware of how you are spending your days, avoid meaningless discussions about things you have no control over; start the day with a plan – self-education, exercise, relationship building; move towards a proactive state rather than being stuck in a reactive state; and be aware of how limited your time is.

Stop wasting time - how to search like a pro

Stop wasting time - how to search like a pro by Erman Akar | May 27, 2019

Originally from Turkey, Erman Akar studied Biology in college but fell in love with the science of marketing. Before moving into mobile, Erman managed web search and social campaigns for several online businesses. Erman moved to Berlin in 2016 and now works as a senior marketing manager at StepStone, one of Germany’s leading mobile job boards, matching candidates with companies in over 24 countries.

As an app marketer, you probably receive a lot of messages from vendors. Chances are you’ve received the “all important” sales pitch immediately following accepting that LinkedIn request. Most of these pitches promise creatives that convert or a scalable traffic source with the best quality traffic. Few ever deliver.

If you are wondering how to find a good vendor without taking multiple video calls to “clarify if it’s a good fit,” or responding to endless follow-ups via email and Skype to “check in” to see if you have “changed your mind,” from my years of experience in mobile gaming industry, I developed a process to weed out the bad from the good. The caveat: it requires some work upfront, before you take a call from any vendor. The reward, however, is that you will spend less time evaluating vendors and get to the promising ones more quickly. Below, I’ll share my tips and questions that I ask each vendor.

Questions to ask before scheduling a call

Before even considering scheduling a call with a potential traffic partner, send them a list of questions to evaluate their traffic and understand if the partner is potentially a good fit. Here are example questions I like to ask:

  • What bidding options do you offer?
  • What is your average CVR and CTR per ad unit?
  • What percent of your traffic is attributed based on referrer or fingerprinting?
  • Do you support device ID suppression or audience targeting (retargeting)?
  • What are your top publisher app categories? (eg. Utility, Games?)
  • What exchanges do you work with?
  • What type of ad units does your network have?
    • Video: Interstitial, Rewarded, In-Banner
    • Display : Interstitial, Banners, Native
  • Are your ads skippable? In how many seconds is an “X” button shown?
  • Can you share impressions per ad unit?

I usually rank potential partners depending on the depth and clarity of their answers. If the ranking is high, I will schedule a call.

Protect your campaigns against fraud legally

In a perfect world, all your sources have full transparency and every install is “real.” But the truth is, as an industry, we are unfortunately stuck with ad fraud. As fraudsters get more tenacious and sophisticated every year, I’ve found that the best way to combat fraud is to minimize my risks. I will only work with proven platforms that are fully transparent about their traffic sources.

Dealing with non-transparent traffic is a lose-lose game even if you get reimbursed for fraudulent clicks — it’s just not worth your time. So my recommendation is to choose partners you trust, demand transparency, and more importantly, protect yourself legally. Below are examples of clauses to include in your legal agreements.

  • Click Injection – Agency is responsible for providing the CTIT graphs with monthly reports. All publishers that provide at least x% of the provided installs happening within the first y seconds after ad click shall be considered suspicious of having used Fraudulent Actions.
  • Click Spam – Any Publisher with a Conversion Rate (installs/clicks) of less than x% and more than y clicks (as tracked by Advertiser or its third-party tracking partner as the case may be) shall be considered suspicious of having used Fraudulent Actions.

Give your partners the tools to succeed

After you go through your selection process and decide on a partner, make sure you set them up for success. Give your new partner the same treatment as others and allow them to bid competitively.

Also, give them time. If your goal is to get cheap installs while scaling your spend, don’t expect that to happen overnight. The partner will need time to run tests and adjust their bidding strategy.

Lastly, don’t become a victim of the sunk cost fallacy. You might feel very invested (and you are — literally) after you spend a lot of time and money with a partner. But if the traffic you were promised doesn’t get the results you want, cut your losses and test another source.

Conclusion

While my set of rules for finding a traffic vendor will limit your choice of networks significantly, it will also make the process more efficient. In addition, it will give you a framework to proactively approach the partners you want to work with (based on reputation or reviews) instead of remaining a passive target for yet another sales pitch.

Stop wasting time - how to search like a pro

The Screen Time feature in Settings includes a range of options to help limit your device usage. This can be helpful if you want to cut down, or if you want to restrict the amount of time your kids spend on their devices.

Downtime

This function will allow you to schedule particular times of day when you don’t wish to use your device. During this time, only certain whitelisted apps will be available. You’ll still be able to make and receive phone calls.

Stop wasting time - how to search like a pro

To activate this mode, switch on Downtime from the Downtime section of Screen Time. Then, choose an appropriate Start and End time.

App Limits

You can also set a time limitation for apps you wish to use less frequently. Once set, you’ll be reminded when you hit your daily limit and the app or apps will no longer function until the next day.

To create a limitation for a whole range of apps like Social Networking or Entertainment, press Add Limit and then choose from the categories. You can quickly combine app categories by ticking multiple items in the list — for example, Social Networking, Games, and Entertainment.

Stop wasting time - how to search like a pro

To create a limitation for a specific app, tap See All Activity at the top of the main Screen Time menu and scroll down to the Most Used section. Tap any app from this list and then Add Limit.

Whether you’re limiting one app or many, on the next screen you can choose a time limit. By default, this limit will be the same every day. Tap Customize Days if you want it to vary through the week.

When limit comes through, you can choose One more minute to either save the game you’ve been playing, or finish reading the paragraph or sentence.

Whitelisting

You can whitelist certain apps that you never want to limit by tapping Always Allowed and choosing some apps from the list. Phone, Messages, FaceTime, and Maps are on this list by default.

Communication Limits for kids

Screen Time also allows parents to set Communication Limits for their kids. Communication Limits allow parents to control who their kids are communicating with, both during allowed screen time and during downtime.

On your child’s device, navigate to the Screen Time interface and choose Communication Limits. Next, decide when you’d like the limit to apply. You can either choose During Screen Time or During Downtime.

If you’re setting a limit for During Screen Time, parents can choose to allow their child to communicate with Everyone, Contacts & Groups with at Least One Contact, or Contacts Only. This makes the device safer for a child to use.

However, when setting a limit for During Downtime, parents can choose between Contacts Only and Specific Contacts. It’s then possible to whitelist individual contacts. This useful feature could prevent a child from chatting with friends after bedtime. After all, lights out means lights out!

Searching with regular sentences will only get you so far – if you need to find something a bit tricky turn to these advanced yet simple methods

Can’t find what you’re looking for? These tips will turn you into a searching pro. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Can’t find what you’re looking for? These tips will turn you into a searching pro. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

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Search engines are pretty good at finding what you’re looking for these days, but sometimes they still come up short. For those occasions there are a few little known tricks which come in handy.

So here are some tips for better googling (as it’s the most popular search engine) but many will work on other search engines too.

1. Exact phrase

Exact search Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The simplest and most effective way to search for something specific is to use quote marks around a phrase or name to search for those exact words in that exact order.

For instance, searching for Joe Bloggs will show results with both Joe and Bloggs but not necessarily placed sequentially. Searching for “Joe Bloggs” will surface only those that specifically have the name Joe Bloggs somewhere on the page.

The exact or explicit phrase search is very useful for excluding more common but less relevant results.

2. Exclude terms

“Joe Bloggs” -jeans Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

If exact phrase doesn’t get you what you need, you can specifically exclude certain words using the minus symbol.

A search for “Joe Bloggs” -jeans will find results for Joe Bloggs, but it will exclude those results for the Joe Bloggs brand of jeans.

3. Either OR

OR search for things that could be one thing or another, but you don’t need both terms to exist on a single page. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Default text searches find results with all the words of the query. By using the OR term you can search for one or another term, not just all the terms. OR searches can be useful for finding things that you’re not sure which term will be used from a known list.

4. Synonym search

Searching using synonyms helps cover all bases. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Sometimes it’s useful to search for a less specific term. If you’re not sure which term will be used you can use synonym search.

Searching for plumbing

university will bring up results for plumbing from colleges as well as universities, for example.

5. Search within a site

Use Google to search a particular site. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The search engines of most websites are poor. You can search using Google instead by using the site or domain limiter.

Searching with site:theguardian.com followed by a search term, will find results from only theguardian.com. Combining with explicit search terms makes it even more powerful.

6. The power of the asterisk

Asterisks work as wildcards within search either to replace a word or letters. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Like the blank tile in Scrabble, the asterisk works as a wild card within searches. It can be used in place of a missing word or part of a word, which is useful for completing phrases, but also when you’re trying to search for a less definite article.

A search for architect* will search for architect, but also architectural, architecture, architected, architecting and any other word which starts with architect.

7. Searching between two values

British prime minister 1920.. 1950 Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Searching for something with a qualifier between two ranges is a good way of answering questions. For instance, if you’re looking for the who were the British prime ministers between 1920 and 1950 a search using british prime minister 1920.. 1950 will bring up results with dates ranging between 1920 and 1950.

That’s your search term followed by two full stops and a space.

8. Search for word in the body, title or URL of a page

intitle: search Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

Sometimes you only want to find text either within the URL, body or title of a page. Using the qualifier inurl: will search just within the url. The qualifier intext: will search within the body, while intitle: will search only within a page title.

For example, intitle:review will bring up all the articles with “review” in the page title.

9. Search for related sites

Related search. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

The related qualifier is useful for finding similar sites. Searching for related:theguardian.com for instance, will bring up the websites of other news organisations that Google deems the most similar to the Guardian.

10. Combine them

Combine the terms and modifiers for powerful searches. Photograph: Samuel Gibbs/The Guardian

All these search tools can be combined to narrow down or expand searches. While some of them may be used only rarely, some such as explicit phrase searches are useful in almost all cases.

As Google and other search engines improve their understanding of the way people naturally type or say search queries, these power tools will likely become less and less useful – at least that’s the goal that search engines are working towards – but that’s certainly not the case at the moment.

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Stop wasting time - how to search like a pro

“You missed the point.”

“You didn’t get it right.”

“You took too long.”

Most people will do anything to avoid tough feedback. It makes them feel uncomfortable, incapable or u nworthy.

Don’t run and hide the next time a negative comment hits you. Use these six power moves to stay calm and handle tough feedback like a pro.

1. Look for gold.

The most productive thing to do when you hear negative comments is to e valuate.

One key trait that separates successful people from everyone else is that they find helpful information hidden in harsh criticism and use it to boost their performance.

So, take a deep breath, get real and ask yourself: Is there truth behind some of the words? If your answer is yes, reflect further and look at what you can learn. Look for the gold.

Sometimes, it’s hard to do an objective, impartial evaluation when emotions take over. If that happens to you, turn to a trusted friend, coworker or coach. Ask if there’s any truth to the feedback. If it’s a yes, focus on finding takeaways that will help you do better next time.

2. See the truth.

Almost everyone hates criticism because they think it’s about them. But that’s hardly ever true.

Tough feedback is usually not about you, the person — i t’s about your performance.

When you internalize what you hear, difficult feedback becomes unbearable. Smart, successful people understand this on a gut level.

So, next time you hear something less than positive, don’t make it about you. Know that the words are about the performance and the action. They’re about what you did and not who you are.

3. Step away.

OK, let’s get real. Sometimes, people just want to be mean. Sometimes there really is nothing to learn from tough feedback. They’re just negative words from angry people.

If this is true, take a step back and do nothing, at least for a minute or two.

This isn’t about running and hiding. It’s about taking time away from the situation to give yourself space to think. Cool down and chill out. Reflect on how you want to respond.

Losing your cool will get you nowhere. You want to end the situation and avoid it from happening again, n ot have a screaming match that makes things worse.

Remember, mean words are usually shared to get you angry and upset, s o step away until you can communicate with calmness and honesty. If you do, the other person is far more likely to stop targeting you.

What should you do if you’re criticized in public for a mistake you made?

Simply a pologize, correct the mistake and move on.

Whatever happens, don’t do what most people do and s pend hours and hours feeling anxious, unhappy and guilty about making a mistake in the first place. You’re human. Mistakes happen. And sometimes, you’ll get called out on them.

Smart, successful people know this and they don’t let it take over their lives.

5. Get curious.

The first thing we want to do when we hear criticism is to say “no, that’s not true.”

You might say that to yourself or out loud. But either way, It’s a bad idea. Why? Because you’ll miss out on the opportunity to learn and grow.

So, get curious! If someone gives you negative feedback in person, quiet that defensive voice in your head and start listening to what they say.

Ask questions like:

“Can I have specific ideas on how to improve?”

“I don’t want to do this again. Can you please help me get better?”

This approach also works in emails and other online platforms such as social media.

When you approach negative feedback with curiosity, it opens the door to honest communication. You’ll get the help and support you need to move forward.

But let’s also draw a line here: Being open to and curious about feedback doesn’t mean that you must always follow a person’s advice. It’s simply an opportunity to get valuable, honest insight and — bonus tip — they’ll likely be kinder to you next time they approach you with feedback.

6. Walk in their shoes.

You might feel like reacting with resentment, aggression or even downright rage when you hear negative feedback. But think about this: What if the other person struggled to give you criticism? What if they tried hard not to hurt your feelings?

Yes, there will always be someone who’s just being mean (see Strategy No. 3) but there are also plenty of people who could actually be trying to help you.

So, take a minute and try to see things from the other person’s point of view. Take a walk in their shoes and do a gut check. Were they trying to hurt or help? This will give you the clarity and understanding you need to come up with the right response.

Here’s the thing: There’s no way you can avoid tough feedback 100% of the time. You can only learn to deal with it when it comes your way.

These strategies will take you to a place of clarity so you can reflect and come back with a great response.

Feedback — the good kind and the hard-to-hear kind — is important for one big reason. It can help you get better at what you do. So, whether it’s an online course you created, the book you wrote, your violin performance or an important project you completed, s tay open to learning from criticism. It won’t be hard to do when you know you can handle tough feedback like a pro.

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Stop wasting your time with poor search techniques. This Boolean Search Guide will help you combine keywords, phrases and Boolean operators that will let you limit, widen and define search results to return only the most relevant candidates.

Whether you’re searching Google, CV databases or social media, finding the best candidates for your jobs can take time. As an in-house recruiter, hiring manager or company owner time is your most precious commodity so use this Boolean search guide to drill down and narrow your search parameters to find exactly the types of candidates you need.

Boolean Search Guide

Search text is broken up into terms and operators. There are two types of terms: Single terms and Phrases.

  • A Single term is a single word such as Channel or Marketing.
  • A Phrase is a group of words surrounded by double quotes such as “Channel Marketing”.

Multiple terms can be combined together with boolean operators to form a more complex search (see below).

Wildcard searches

The boolean search supports single and multiple character wildcard searches.

  • To perform a single character wildcard search use the ? symbol.
  • To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the * symbol.

For example, the single character wildcard search looks for terms that match that with the single character replaced. For example, to search for “citi” (as in Citibank or Citigroup) or “city” you can use the search: cit?

Multiple character wildcard searches looks for 0 or more characters. For example, to search for “Develop”, “Developer” or “Development”, you can use the search: develo*

Note: You cannot use a * or ? symbol as the first character of a search.

Boolean operators

Boolean operators allow terms to be combined.

The boolean search supports OR, AND, +, NOT, and as boolean operators (note: boolean operators must be ALL CAPS).OR

Unless another operator is specified, the default operator will always be OR.

This means that if there is no Boolean operator between two terms, the OR operator is used.

The OR operator links two terms and finds a matching document if either of the terms exist in a document.

Examples
To search for documents that contain either “Senior Account Manager” or just “SAM” use the query: “Senior Account Manager” SAM (where the OR will be the default operator) or “Senior Account Manager” OR SAM

The AND operator matches documents where both terms exist anywhere in the text of a single document.

The double ampersand symbol && can be used in place of the word AND.

To search for documents that contain “Business Development” and “Marketing Agency” use the query: “Business Development” AND “Marketing Agency”+

The + requires that the term after the + symbol definitely exists somewhere in the documents searched.

To search for documents that must contain “Marketing” and may contain “agency” use the query: +marketing agencyNOT

The NOT operator excludes documents that contain the term after NOT.

To search for documents that contain “Project Manager” but not “Project Administration” use the query: “Project Manager” NOT “Project Administration”

Note: Obviously the NOT operator cannot be used with just one term. For example, the following search will return no results: NOT “Project Administration”

The or prohibit operator excludes documents that contain the term after the symbol.

To search for documents that contain “financial reporting” but not “payroll clerk” use the query: “financial reporting” -“payroll clerk”

Grouping

The boolean search supports the use of parentheses to group clauses to form sub queries. This can be very useful if you want to control the logic for a query.

To search for either “Designer” or “Creative” and “Photoshop” use the query: (Designer OR Creative) AND Photoshop

This eliminates any confusion and ensures that “Photoshop” must exist and either term “Designer” or “Creative” may exist.

Proximity searches

The Boolean search allows words to be found which are within specific distance of one another.

To perform a proximity search use the tilde,

, symbol at the end of a Phrase.

For example to search for a “PHP” and “Developer” within 10 words of each other in a document use the search: “PHP Developer”

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Your complete beginners guide on scambaiting!

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Scambaiting (or scam baiting) is a form of Internet vigilantism primarily used to to waste the time and resources of scammers, gather information useful to authorities, and publicly expose scammers. They may document scammers’ tools and methods, warn potential victims, provide discussion forums, disrupt scammers’ devices and systems using remote access Trojans and computer viruses, or take down fraudulent web pages.Some dumbwaiters are motivated by racism, others act out of a sense of civic duty, some simply engage for their own amusement, or some combination of all three. (Note: scambaiting is legal, more info on that soon!)

Ever since we started our scambaiting series on YouTube, i’ve gotten a few questions on exactly how to scambait, where to get numbers, is it legal, and some general tips and tricks, This post will tell you all about it!

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Here’s a basic guide to scambaiting.

Requirements:

Here is a few things you need to get startedi
– A way to call them (BobRTC , TextNow, Google Voice) etc – don’t use real number.
– A voice changer (optional, just to troll scammers or fake your voice)
– A program that runs VMs (Virtual Machines) such as VirtualBox and VMWare

Once you have these requirements, follow these steps:
1. Login to BobRTC, TextNow, Google Voice *whatever one you used)
2. Find a toll-free Tech Support Scammer’s phone number. You can find these numbers on websites such as scammer.info or BobRTC’s phone book.
3. Depnding on the scammer you’re calling, you might need a VM,
4. Once your VM just started up, call the scammer using one of the programs ^
5. Give the scammer some information (Pop-up message etc.)
6. If they’re asking for your First Name and Last Name or something like that, you must tell your false Full Name. (Or else they will get some of your personal information)
7. Give the scammer remote access to your computer. (If they tell you to do it)
8. Listen to the scammer. This is very important. Don’t call them out at the beginning, remember, you are there to waste their time.
9. If you have a voice changer, then you can use it to fake your voice or troll. (Optional)

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– Have the evidence of a VM hidden.
– Always use a VM to scambait. (important)
– Always fake your data. (such as your name, age etc.)
– Always fake your credit card info. If the scammer realizes that it’s fake credit card info, you will have slight problems. (You can always use a Credit Card Generator or a fake credit card that sometimes works)

Dont’s:

– As always, do not provide your real personal info. (As the Do’s say)
– Do not use a real machine. (Because they will like syskey your Real Machine)
– “Don’t use your real phone numbers to scambait.” – BanterousSor

More Tips

We get a lot of questions about scam-baiting, and one of the popular questions “is scam-baiting illegal or legal?” Now, i am not a lawyer, and cannot provide legal advice, but generally speaking, scam-baiting is NOT ILLEGAL, As you yourself are doing nothing illegal, as you are just spreading awareness and wasting their time (this isn’t illegal). BUT, if it could be come illegal if you go general illegal activities such as, hacking into their systems, asking them for money, threatening them etc, those general activites, if you’re not doing that, you will be fine! (Click here to read further)

Recording/Publishing calls

Depending on local laws, you may need to get permission to record conversations, for example, we always let the “scammers” know we are recording, and tend to tell them they’ll be on youtube (with them mostly acknowledging this with cussing, etc) however for research/awareness purpose, this may not be needed, but it is good to let them know anyway to cover yourself.

Disclaimer: This section of the blog post does not constitute legal advice, are not intended to be a substitute for legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should seek legal advice or other professional advice in relation to any particular matters you or your organisation may have.

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Google is a powerful tool, but you’re missing out on a lot of that power if you just type words into it. Master Google and find the best results faster with these search tricks.

Whether you’re an inexperienced user or a seasoned professional, you’ll probably find at least one search operator you weren’t aware of here. Many of Google’s search operators aren’t very well-known.

Exact Words and Phrases

One of the most basic and widely known search tricks is using quotation marks to search for an exact phrase. For example, perform the following search and you’ll only get pages that contain the word “Hello” followed by the word “World.”

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This same method now works for exact-word queries. For example, if you search for “mining,” Google will also show pages that contain the words “miners.” Previously, you’d use a plus sign and search for +mining, but now you have to enclose the word in quotes:

Excluding a Word

The minus sign allows you to specify words that shouldn’t appear in your results. For example, if you’re looking for pages about Linux distributions that don’t mention Ubuntu, use the following search:

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Site Search

The site: operator allows you to perform a search in a specific site. Let’s say you’re looking for information on Windows 7 on How-To Geek. You could use the following search

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You can also use the site: operator to specify a domain. For example, if you’re looking for high-quality references, you could use site:.edu to only pull up results from .edu domains.

Related Words

) operator is the opposite of enclosing a single word in quotes — it searches for related words, not just the word you type. For example, if you ran the following search, you’d find search results with words similar to “geek”:

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Apparently, “Linux” is the most similar word to geek, followed by “Greek.” “Nerd” comes in third. (Hey, no one ever said Google was perfect.)

The Wildcard

The asterisk (*) is a wildcard that can match any word. For example, if you wanted to see what companies Google has purchased and how much they paid, you could use this search:

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Time Ranges

A little-known search operator allows you to specify a specific time range. For example, use the following search to find results about Ubuntu from between 2008 and 2010:

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File Type

The filetype: operator lets you search for files of a specific file type. For example, you could search for only PDF files.

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One Word or the Other

The “OR” operator lets you find words that contain one term or another. For example, using the following search will pull up results that contain either the word “Ubuntu” or the word “Linux.” The word “OR” must be in uppercase.

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Word Definitions

You don’t have to Google a word and look for a dictionary link if you want to see its definition. Use the following search trick and you’ll see an inline definition:

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Calculator

Use Google instead of pulling one out or launching a calculator app. Use the +, -, * and / symbols to specify arithmetic operations. You can also use brackets for more complicated expressions. Here’s an example:

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Unit Conversions

The calculator can also convert between units. Just type “X [units] in [units]”. Here’s an example:

5 nautical miles in kilometers

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Combine these search operators to create more complex queries. Want to search a specific website for a PDF file, created between 2001 and 2003, that contains a specific phrase but not another phrase? Go ahead.