The web 2011 is a dangerous place especially with the advent of social media..There has long been Malware, Trojans and other covert and overt scams and traps out there but as users are a bit more digitally literate The Stealth Web has become a hunting ground. It is much harder to tell if you can trust a web site or not these days when there are so many ways to set traps and lure in victims and suckers. Bad guys’ are even co-opting the good guy’s content to lay web traps, they don’t see themselves as criminals or scammers rather they believe they are hunters laying traps and thinning out the herd by preying on the weak. You didn’t sign up to become prey however in the advance of Internet trends that is exactly what you’ve become.
Be Careful Out There
Again, its not really a secret. Without a doubt doubt you have probably already unfortunately discovered that most Free Offers online aren’t really free and sometimes aren’t even offers! There are many covert hooks and snares out there that result in you winding up on sucker lists. Their costs are time and bother. You may have been cautious and diligent for many years of your digital life and then on a whim you responded to an offer to download something for free, signed up to play a free game, responded to an email to get free movie tickets, taken a radom survey, or offered your opinion only to find you have just opened yourself up to unsolicited junk mail and opened Pandora’s box. You may have innocently participated in the online survey, signed up for a product discount or registered on a site only to find out the offer wasn’t what it seemed. Often they don’t even bother to deliver on the offer or promises that drew you in the first place, but now your email and vital information is in their sweaty little paws and once in their database they begin to do their worst with disturbing marketing calls at all times of day and night, and unsolicited junk email that clutters up your email accounts. Once the floodgates are open you will find it extremely time consuming and difficult to stop. Even unsubscribing has unintended and unexpected effects because what you have done is that you have just verified your presence and successful receipt of the junk. The bogus offers seem to spawn and replicate beyond anyones ability to monitor or control.
Be overly cautious and diligent if you desire to uncomplicate and unclutter your online life. Understand that if an offer seems to good to be true it probably isn’t. If you feel like a tiny fish swimming in a big pond heavy with baited hooks and shiny lures that masquerade as deals is because this is the sea you swim in.
Some deals aren’t deals take for instance :
The bait: Normally $99, but now only $0. FREE for 1 Week
The hook: if you bite. you would have just signed up for a paid service that requires your approval to automatically deduct the full payment from your bank or credit card after the “free” week.
In the above case you were required to allow them access and control to your Twitter or Facebook account exposing your following to their hyped messages and postings in order to simply get access to the video. The question is. is this worth the price of selling your followers down the river? If they get the sense you did it they will never trust you again and will “unfollow” you quick, fast, and in a hurry. There goes all your good will and hard work.
I bought a Dr. Pepper soda. The advertising on the bottle said “A winner on every bottle”. What was necessary was signing up online with complete information to discover what you won. The entry number was on the bottle cap. The prize was a coupon for another soda. I dread the frlood of junk I may have just opted in for. Whatever it is is not worth the exposure I have opened myself up for. Such is the way of modern marketing. More trouble than it is worth.
WARNING: Don't be a Sucker!
Many of us that have been doing this online thing for some time reject the idea they we are vulnerable to the snares and lures of the many web hucksters out there. Yet,we somehow do manage to get suckered into those enticing elaborate Get XXXX Free deals that steps us through a thousand screens full of offers for things we don’t want or need. Each screen requests intimate personal information about everything (they don’t really need to know) from our age to our state of health, debt or wealth .
BEWARE! Be very careful!
1. They are probably vectoring your information for hidden purposes and you might be opening up the flood gates for unwanted junk mail, and frequently annoying junk marketing phone calls PLUS THIS: Only the Good Lord knows what else they will do with your info, and unfortunately You have unknowingly given them permission to do this.
When you give up your email address you essentially your give up your email privacy and open the doors to unsolicited junk mail.