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No wonder there is so much confusion
(An editorial)

Last week, when we sent our Premium newsletter from the wrong address, we started getting comments from subscribers wondering if we'd been "hacked" or if someone had stolen our account and was sending out newsletters that were somehow infected with nasty things, it made us think. We realize that the Web is a complex place. To make matters worse, there are so-called experts out there who make a living by scaring people. Then there are a bunch of money and traffic-hungry people out there who will do anything and say anything to generate traffic to their Web sites or blogs.

An example, in our opinion is the sycophant running loose on WOT's forum who goes by the name of HpHosts. This person appears to be so desperate for recognition and Web traffic (and money?) that he'll conjure up all sorts of ghosts and demons, trying scare people with sensational reviews of supposed malicious activities performed by ad networks and programs or sites which are about as dangerous as your 85 year-old uncle Jim. He's getting what he wants. A lot of traffic, recognition -- and somehow, through all his irrational babbling he's gathered quite a following. We were shocked when Windows Secrets newsletter, who should know better, quoted HpHosts in one of their articles. Does HpHosts actually have a shred of credibility? If he didn't before, we're sure he does now.

In our society, it seems, you can gain recognition and make big money by doing crazy things - for example, the Balloon Boy escapade or the beauty queen who was forced to give up her crown who claimed to be so God-fearing and moral and was later found out to be anything but moral. The Balloon Boy family, the beauty queen, and all sorts of other dubious people are rewarded with million-dollar book contracts and highly paid TV appearances, while the hard working folks trying to the right thing, struggle to pay their bills. HpHosts and people of his ilk, unfortunately, in our opinion, fall into the category of the Balloon Boy family and the beauty queen. He appears to be hoping to reap big rewards from his antics. We'll bet people are flocking to his Web site thinking this "expert" knows something. He doesn't know much of anything from what we've seen - he seems to copy/paste the same vitriolic nonsense to every review he writes. Somehow, though, he's fooled Windows Secrets and WOT (Web of Trust).

When supposedly knowledgeable newsletters and Web sites quote or give credence to someone like HpHosts, it lends an air of credulity to them, we don't think they deserve. In our opinion, little this man writes has any basis in fact. But as is so so typical in today's society, those who make the most ridiculous and unsubstantiated statements, get the most attention.

It's no wonder, then, when our newsletter came last Friday from the wrong address, many of you panicked and thought we'd been hacked. There is just so much misinformation on the Web, in so many places, it's really hard to separate the truth from the fiction. 

When knowledgeable people and newsletters give credence to those who call themselves "experts" and give them attention (and Web traffic) it only exacerbates the problem. When so-called experts prattling on about the danger of cookies, advertising networks, and spew misinformation and half-truths and make unfounded statements and spread fear - it's no wonder people have a hard time discerning the truth from the risible. The things which are really dangerous get lost among the things that aren't.

We understand how and why people have a such a hard time understanding computers and the Internet. So every week we do our best to inform without scaring. We substantiate and verify - we try to educate without fear mongering.  We don't think sensationalism has any place in a Windows newsletter or forums like Web Of Trust's. You won't find any sensationalism in our newsletters - ever.

We'll never try to sell you something by scaring you, and we'll never use sensationalism in an attempt get more Web traffic or more subscribers to our newsletters. And, trust us, in this year of the slow economy it seems we're paying for telling the truth. Truth, it seems, sure doesn't drive much Web traffic. It's a shame that making outrageous claims and and scaring people seems to be the key to getting noticed and getting attention. It shouldn't be that way, but it is.

So, yes, we can easily understand why so many people are confused about viruses, worms, trojans, adware, spyware and all the other bad things about computers and the Internet. Fear mongering and misinformation and self-serving prophets of doom, only serve to obfuscate the truth and make facts harder to find.

We still cannot understand why sites like WOT continue to give voice to people like HpHosts. Allowing fear mongers and sensationalists to roam free only hurts their credibility.  If respectable Web sites and newsletters like Windows Secrets continue to give self-proclaimed experts continue to give recognition to fear mongerers and attention seekers, they are only hurting their own credibility and making it harder for those who are looking for answers to find them.

That's our opinion, what's yours?


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