Seriously? It needs to stop!! NWR

OMG! I am so freaking annoyed with people that try to advertise on the regular PW forums, its like that is what the classified section is for, and no matter how nicely or how many times you say it they don't listen.. UGH! Anyways, thats all.

Posted on January 23, 2010 at 10:38 am
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DreamingOfYou
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Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale (you didn't exhale did you?).  Keep breathing.  I am just as annoyed as you but we just have to remember to keep breathing and not try to do physical harm to annoying idiots. 

Posted on January 23, 2010 at 12:52 pm
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I am happy they are gone now. WHOOT WHOOT!


@ Dreaming, LOL your right I forgot to exhale.. darn...

Posted on January 23, 2010 at 2:05 pm
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The ones that post a lot in one session and over and over again are bots...there is literally "nobody at home" to converse with, nicely or otherwise.


They annoy the CRUD out of me too!

Posted on January 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm
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Just keep flagging them girls :)


I know it's very annoying!! :(  Grrrrr....


But there's nothing we can do but flag and PM Kristeen and Lori :)


I never understood the whole "spam" thing...



Sigh...


 

Posted on January 24, 2010 at 1:53 am
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I've posted this a time or two, and I apologize if I am overkilling it, but I get the impression that a lot of the ladies on PW are not very knowledgeable about internet security.  So here is a PSA about spam/bot posts:


Companies write and set up pieces of software the crawl the web looking for public forums on which they can register.  (This is why so many forums now require you to enter text from a picture in order to register- bots can't do this.  Writing a piece of software that can "look" at a digital image and interpret it is extremely difficult.)


When they find a likely forum, they register, and begin spamming the forum with posts.  These posts can range from fairly readable advertisements with only a few scattered grammatical errors / odd turns of phrase, to outright gobblygook with tons of links embedded.  The goal of the spammer is usually one of two things- either to raise the page rank of the pages it links to, or to infect your computer with malicious code (viruses, trojans, keyloggers).


For this reason I would NOT click on the links in ANY post that does not appear to come from a genuine poster, or that has an address that looks suspicious.  A malicious program can do anything ranging from "annoyance"- my parents got one that would not allow them to open a certain kind of program, for instance- to serious identity theft.  (Example: You unwittingly download a keylogger, which records every stroke of input you make, including all those usernames and passwords from your monthly online bill pay.  This data log is parsed, the sensitive information teased out, and now the person running running the bot has access to your bank accounts.)


The best thing you can do to protect yourself from bad code is use common sense.  Be aware that links can be dangerous and train yourself to only click them after thinking about it first.  Force yourself to look at the link- does it come from a trusted source?  Does it fit the context of the post?  Does the post itself "make sense"?  Does the point of the post seem to be only to post links?  Does the web address look like most other web addresses you have seen?


Here is some basic instruction on how to recognize suspicious links.  It isn't comprehensive but it is a start:


http://www.ehow.com/how_2003266_recognize-fake-url.html


 


In addition to this, keeping your web browser's security enabled, as well as keeping your antivirus and other security programs up-to-date, is a must on the modern internet.


You may now return to your regularly scheduled venting merryment. ;)

Posted on January 24, 2010 at 2:52 am
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LOL Thanks ladies! :)


Back to wedding planning now?? WHOOT WHOOT!

Posted on January 24, 2010 at 5:59 am
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Lilivati -- would you mind emailing my mother and grandmother what you just wrote?? I tell them this all the time, but somehow still end up at their places "cleaning up" their computers. It's frustrating!


"I just don't understand why this keeps happening to me??" --> says mom and g-ma


Maybe hearing it from someone other than myself will drive the point home.... lol just kidding ;)

Posted on January 24, 2010 at 6:43 am
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Oh lord tell me about it Gregs...I tried to work on my grandparents' computer the last time I was up there, but it had SO much bad stuff on it at that point that the computer would seize up if you tried to so much as open a program...even in safe mode the thing was nonfunctional.  The disk had to be wiped...got them to take it to a professional since I didn't have the equipment with me to rescue their files.


My parents, or at least my dad, SHOULD know better but they always just ignore the problems..."oh it won't let me keep task manager open, that's just annoying, I can live with that"  GAH!  And don't even get me started on their wireless network.  I could fix it in about ten minutes but they won't let me touch it!  It doesn't work properly and it's not secure. >_<


I'm not trying to be overbearing about the security thing, I just HATE the idea of any of the wonderful people on this forum being victimized by these stupid bots! 

Posted on January 25, 2010 at 3:02 am
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Yikes! Lili, why won't they let you touch their wireless network? It's SO important to have it secured... In my old town, the internet company charged you like... $10 for every extra "unit" of internet used. I thought our wireless network was secured and it wasn't, and the first couple of months our bill was off the charts! All those people able to access our wireless really drove up the cost. Finally got the security thing figured out... now I can't figure out how to allow my FI to get on it with his computer, lol! But at least nobody can leech it.

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 1:36 am

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