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No wonder there is so much confusion
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.
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
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.
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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