to the Web - web facts
the Web such a wonderful thing?
|It is very good for many things, like finding information,
work, buying things, etc., but, nowadays, one should be aware
of the downside.
After starting well, it has attracted the unwelcome attentions of
the Scum of the Universe, and is now generously giving us spam, hackers,
The Web is very popular because it gives a very large number of people
more ways of acquiring money.
Usually your money
And, unfortunately, there appears to be no limit to the ways and
means the less scrupulous will use to that end.
There are, however, plenty of relatively honest and genuine traders
on the Internet.
Internet Marketing describes
the techniques used for selling on the web.
Genuine and honest High St. retailers are not scared of showing
prices up front.
We all know that, where the prices are not clearly shown,
the item is probably overpriced or crap.
Internet Marketers however, will definitely not show the
price up front.
They will ask for your email address before giving full and
accurate details, (if any), of the product.
This is the first indication
Internet Marketing dishonesty. - Whether you
buy or not, they have got your email address for their spam
If you used Internet Marketing techniques on the High Street,
you would probably end up in prison.
most valuable asset is your email address
|Guard it well or suffocate under a deluge of spam. Once on a
spam database, your email address is traded and/or sold on, and
you receive ever increasing amounts of spam.
Some spam does contain links that will execute programs, on
your computer, if you click on that link.
These programs, or viruses, will do nasty things to your computer.
Watch out for URLs or links with a .exe in or at the end.
(.exe signifies that it is an executable program)
Most modern email programs will recognise and block .exe's anyway.
And that is why these cretins send you an innocent looking web site URL,
in an email.
There is no .exe in the URL, but when you click on it, you go to the
web site, the .exe is triggered, and you have a virus problem!
One trick, used by many dubious web sites, is to write a small program,
to your computer, when you are visiting that web site.
Later it will generate
a popup saying that you have a virus; you click on the remove button,
and are taken to a web site demanding money to remove the fake virus.
use well known and reputable anti-virus programs.
Be aware that you can set up
and use secondary email addresses, where you give out these rather
than your own email address.
Periodically, or when you start getting large volumes of spam, you can delete
the secondary address and set up a new one.