Internet Vane


Web Threats Watch.............
Read about my experiences on the internet.It just might save you some dough and keep you from making the same mistakes I did.Do not put the possibility to earn some bucks, traffic or links above your real opinion and thoughts about things. If you think something is not really useful, do not promote it on your website just because it has an affiliate scheme and because you could gain something out of it.It is not easy to follow such a path, and I am not here to preach anyone. Online credibility is hard to gain and easy to lose.......
 
..A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.
Nelson Mandela

Remember knowledge is Power!!Spread the Word!!
In my experiences on the internet spreading the word is the best defense against scammers on the internet.   I do not have a lot of money for lawyers which is probably the case for most people.I doubt if I will ever see my hard earned money again but it makes me feel better to talk about it and just maybe prevent someone else from losing their money and offering some internet safety tips I picked up along the way.Many scammers play the numbers game betting the average person will not check them out before buying....they know customers are pressed for time. I encourage everyone to take the time to check out all businesses before doing business with them especially if money is exchanging hands..from yours to theirs.The problem, also, is that the increase in people going online around the world is giving scammers plenty of fresh targets.I found out things are not always what they seem.Some of the biggest scams I saw on the internet had well written websites. 
 A Reminder:Your Home PC/Web Threats
The old ways of maintaining security on your home pc do not provide enough protection from web threats, and no single method or technology will improve this situation. You must use a comprehensive set of techniques to fight cyber thieves....
Many hackers will break into your system by taking advantage of "security holes" in your Windows operating system.You can fix many of these "security holes" by keeping your Windows operating system up to date. You can update windows by visiting:http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com Even though updating Windows regularly will help stop some security breaches, it won't stop everyone. To fully protect your computer you need to make sure the "firewall" is turned on for your windows operating system. A firewall, when combined with a good anti-virus program helps stop unauthorized access on your computer and prevents virus infections.Configure your anti-virus and firewall software to update automatically. (Anti-virus software will be useless if you don't update it regularly.)Viruses and nasty programs have a much easier time infecting unprotected computers, or those with expired antivirus software. Once your computer is infected by one bug, it becomes more vulnerable to repeated attacks.
The single most important factor in avoiding web threats is this.Learn to trust the feeling in the pit of your stomach.PROCEED WITH CAUTION!!!!!!!


Phony Product Reviews.It Will Cost you.Believe me I know.
Research the company name and owner you are interested in buying from..chances are someone on the internet has tried it and written a review or comment.Beware of Fake Online Reviews...Also called Astroturfing, it is the practice of creating the illusion of spontaneous support for a product or cause.They also create their own sites for product reviews that appear as independent sources(this is the one that got me)I thought I was reading an independent review site and the company that owned the product also owned the review site but the name was different. ..pretty slick.....

Here is the latest twist on websites created to give reviews of products.They'll title their review Is This A Scam? and then optimize around this keyword so that they will be at the top of the search results whenever someone searches for product scam.
But, the webpage is not a real review of any kind. In fact, the page isn't about the product being a scam at all. Instead,it recommends the product and includes an affiliate link.Whenever I read a review of a product and the reviewer also recommends the product I hit the back button on my browser..this smells like a scam to me.
There are now web specialists called “online reputation managers,” who claim to manipulate Internet search results so the negative links will appear further down the list of results, and hopefully be missed. 
These fake "negative" reviews serve two purposes, one is to block the actual negative reviews (if you see a whole page of these kind of fake reviews, click the next button a few times to find the real ones), and the other is to make some money by tricking suckers into thinking, well if this guy was skeptical but he found it is great, then it must be good.These people invest a lot of time and energy into these scams..What a waste of resources....

Most fake testimonials often heaps tons of praise on the company, and use fake names even though the website was only registered a few months ago.If a feature or function is outstanding or disappointing, it likely will be mentioned in multiple reviews.I found out the hard way....I lost $200.00..and I later found out others had too...Apparently this is a thriving business in itself on the internet..Any company's attempt to generate business by duping consumers is cynical, manipulative, and illegal,".Weight loss claims are the most popular on the internet.Did you know you can pay someone to write fake testimonials on the web for you?....What will they think of next????? 
The FTC updated 29-year-old guidelines on endorsements, making it clear they ban phony online reviews. The FTC revised its Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (“Guides”) to include reviews posted on the Internet, such as endorsements by websites. For example, the Guides require website owners to disclose if they have received any freebies or other benefits for their posts. The Guides also require that someone endorsing a product needs to disclose any material connections between the endorser and the advertiser. The same guideline would apply to someone who works for a competing business and posts a negative review.

If a business is finding itself the target of negative reviews that sound the same, or reviews that point consumers from the business to its competitor, then there is a good chance that the business is the victim of unfair and deceptive advertising practices in violation of the FTC's statutory prohibitions. 15 U.S.C. § 45. Other indicators of a fake review include: (1) clumps of like-minded negative reviews written within days of each other; and (2) a number of reviews with only one star in an attempt to bring down the business’ legitimate positive ratings.A company may want to lodge a complaint with the FTC.The FTC has a process for entering complaints into a centralized online database that is used by civil and criminal law enforcement authorities worldwide...
So online scammers  writing phony reviews BEWARE...You could be prosecuted!!!!!!!! 
Feel free to post your internet experiences here.Please no foul language,adult content,racist remarks....and no names....
A Penny for your Thoughts.......