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Password Hacking

I don’t really have to explain why you want to stay away from this. Note that as with watermark removal, there will always be a legitimate-sounding story about why someone no longer has the password to an account or file. My advice is to just not get involved: it’s not worth it.

Decoding, Decryption or Decompiling Files

All of these “de-” requests involve taking something in a finished state and returning it to some semblance of its source. But the legitimate owner of a finished product should already own the decoded, decrypted or uncompiled versions of software or other files. As with watermark removal and password hacking, there are sometimes legitimate reasons to request these services, but the incidence of monkey-business is too high to risk involvement.

Projects Requiring the Use of Internet Proxy Software

Proxy software allows one user to make large numbers of requests to a website in such a way that it appears as if they are coming from many different users. This is very useful for a variety of unethical activities, such as rigging online polls, mass-downloading content from places that prohibit it, or spamming. There is virtually no reason why a legitimate project should involve proxy switching, so if you see that it is required, don’t bid unless the client has a very good justification.


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