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Hi Porsche-Enthusiasts!

My name is Julia and I'm a graduate student in the MBA Program at Cal State Long Beach State. My partner and I are working on a project for an Entrepreneurship class and our assignment is to write a focused-industry report with real data. We've chosen the automotive aftermarket industry, specifically for Porsche's, and we're looking to get some information from Porsche owners like yourself. We've created a short, 11 question survey and would greatly appreciate your participation if you have 5 minutes to give. Thank you in advance and please feel free to email with any questions!

http://goo.gl/forms/wbqvEUzjjh
 

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I have no issue asking for input but I moved your thread to the current Cayman/Boxster forum so you can have greater visibility than where you originally put it.
 

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Submitted, hopefully you get enough data collected.

Although it did not really apply to my "Porchx" .. sorry couldn't resist! :taunt:
 

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Done. From Dubai.
 

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Hi Porsche-Enthusiasts!

My name is Julia and I'm a graduate student in the MBA Program at Cal State Long Beach State. My partner and I are working on a project for an Entrepreneurship class and our assignment is to write a focused-industry report with real data. We've chosen the automotive aftermarket industry, specifically for Porsche's, and we're looking to get some information from Porsche owners like yourself. We've created a short, 11 question survey and would greatly appreciate your participation if you have 5 minutes to give. Thank you in advance and please feel free to email with any questions!

http://goo.gl/forms/wbqvEUzjjh
Can you shed a little more light on what you are hoping to accomplish with this survey? For example there are a lot of questions asking about aftermarket parts. Are you looking to create some sort of aftermarket part for Porsches and create a business selling those parts as part of your entrepreneurship class?
 

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Hi Porsche-Enthusiasts!

My name is Julia and I'm a graduate student in the MBA Program at Cal State Long Beach State. My partner and I are working on a project for an Entrepreneurship class and our assignment is to write a focused-industry report with real data. We've chosen the automotive aftermarket industry, specifically for Porsche's, and we're looking to get some information from Porsche owners like yourself. We've created a short, 11 question survey and would greatly appreciate your participation if you have 5 minutes to give. Thank you in advance and please feel free to email with any questions!

http://goo.gl/forms/wbqvEUzjjh
CSULB Alum as well.

I'm assuming you know Director Horne??? I had him as a prof for an entrepreneurial class. Good guy.
 

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It's probably harmless, but I doubt this is a real "class project." The same thread, word for word, was started at least twice (that I saw) on Rennlist and also on Edmund's Porsche forum (but it was deleted there, I think). The fact that there is basically nothing Porsche-specific in the survey leads me to believe this is just a standard data-harvesting survey. Maybe there is a Julia at Long Beach State doing research on Porsche aftermarket parts. At least she spammed enough Porsche forums. :D
 

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It's probably harmless, but I doubt this is a real "class project." The same thread, word for word, was started at least twice (that I saw) on Rennlist and also on Edmund's Porsche forum (but it was deleted there, I think). The fact that there is basically nothing Porsche-specific in the survey leads me to believe this is just a standard data-harvesting survey. Maybe there is a Julia at Long Beach State doing research on Porsche aftermarket parts. At least she spammed enough Porsche forums. :D
I concur: very likely not as it appears.
 

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If you guys use a modern browser like Chrome/FF (even the latest and greatest IE) and have a OS well protected with antivirus/firewall, there is not much risk in clicking stuff on the internets.
The browser will prevent stuff, popups, downloads etc. So as along as people don't enter personally identifiable (aka PII) things or install stuff or download stuff, its generally all good, no need to be that paranoid.
Specially if its a google site. As for "wbqvEUzjjh" its just a unique identifier for the google URL shortner. You can create ones yourself on goo.gl. Like this one is planet9 - 981 Chat
 

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If you guys use a modern browser like Chrome/FF (even the latest and greatest IE) and have a OS well protected with antivirus/firewall, there is not much risk in clicking stuff on the internets.
The browser will prevent stuff, popups, downloads etc. So as along as people don't enter personally identifiable (aka PII) things or install stuff or download stuff, its generally all good, no need to be that paranoid.
Specially if its a google site. As for "wbqvEUzjjh" its just a unique identifier for the google URL shortner. You can create ones yourself on goo.gl. Like this one is planet9 - 981 Chat
It may be a perfectly legit site but what you just said above is exactly what scammers count on. Don't be so naive. Especially concerning google. They are the biggest collectors and distributors of personal data on the web. How do I know? I'm in the IT business and I mean deep into it as a matter of security. That's not paranoia, that's fact.
 

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You don't have to be in IT or security to know that. I'm not sure why so many think that Google's business is providing free services to individuals. Data and advertising is their core business.
 

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Has anyone checked out this website. When a website ends in something as cryptic as "wbqvEUzjjh" it raises flags with me. Just saying, ya can't be too careful these days.
It may be a perfectly legit site but what you just said above is exactly what scammers count on. Don't be so naive. Especially concerning google. They are the biggest collectors and distributors of personal data on the web. How do I know? I'm in the IT business and I mean deep into it as a matter of security. That's not paranoia, that's fact.
With these two posts, you kind of set yourself up as a security specialist. That being said, is the OP legitimate? Is it safe to click and answer the survey?
 

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If you guys use a modern browser like Chrome/FF (even the latest and greatest IE) and have a OS well protected with antivirus/firewall, there is not much risk in clicking stuff on the internets.
The browser will prevent stuff, popups, downloads etc. So as along as people don't enter personally identifiable (aka PII) things or install stuff or download stuff, its generally all good, no need to be that paranoid.
I'm going to have to disagree. I see lots of drive-by download sites and watering hole sites in our threat intelligence feed at work. The bad guys don't attack the browser so much as the helper application such as Flash, Acrobat, Java, etc. which are independent of the browser. By default, most popular browsers allow these apps to run automatically, though there is usually a "click to play" setting which can be enabled by the user.

Also, if the attacker can get a target to download a malicious Word doc or executable file, that's a whole other vector. Most people do not know the distinction between staying on a web page and "you need to download and run this file to see this video".

As for AV, we just analyzed a malicious Word doc a couple days ago that was only detected by 2 out of 57 AV engines on Virus Total, and both the detecting engines were from the same company so really only one AV manufacturer detected it. I would not recommend to run without AV, but it's certainly not as effective as most people think it is. We regularly see systems that are infected and have up-to-date AV signatures, firewall, and intrusion prevention filters enabled.

For this particular link, I did scan the OP's link with VirusTotal and URLQuery and there were no alerts, so it appears to be safe. But people should be VERY skeptical of clicking on links and especially when they're behind shortening service which you can't easily tell where it's going to take you. Personally, I would not have clicked on it.
 

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With these two posts, you kind of set yourself up as a security specialist. That being said, is the OP legitimate? Is it safe to click and answer the survey?
I can't answer that question definitively without doing a complete investigation which is not worth it to me. Think of the liability I would incur if I answered that question in a positive way and it turned out to be malicious website. If you really want to take part in the survey, use a public computer at a library or somewhere like that. As far as I'm concerned, it isn't worth it. Just note that I've seen many cases where an insidious little virus or spy bot entered a computer system from an innocuous appearing website and never detected for months or years long after the damage has been done.
 
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