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Abusing “Free”: On Ethics And Deceptive Practices

Have you ever tried to sign up for a “free” webinar only to be bombarded with a five-page interrogation sheet that asks you for all kinds of information that you find yourself saying “I just wanted to watch a presentation”? Did you come across a report or whitepaper you wanted to look at only to end up spending two to three minutes taking an exam and then the “report” turns out to be a two-page sales sheet? How about that eBook you saw and thought would be a good read until you were made to fill out a police report on why you are trying to get educated?

This issue has bothered me for quite some time. It is the practice of vendors, publishers and everyone in between offering “free” software, whitepaper, Mp3s, “special” reports and useless one-page drivel that makes you want to do some harm to the producers of such garbage in exchange for your personal information. (more…)

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Read Your Yahoo! Emails Without Going Blind!

Flash and JavaScript AnnoyancesIf you are like most people, you probably have one or two email accounts with Yahoo!, Windows Live and Google. I applaud these Internet powerhouses for giving us free email accounts, but does Yahoo! Mail need to make us go blind when reading our emails? I mean, talk about Flash and JavaScript overkill!  The first thing I noticed when I logged in recently was this HUGE space taken up at the top by an ad banner after you sign in.  (more…)

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Online Tracking & Spying is No Joke!

You’ve heard about it and read tons of articles about it, but until you actually experience it, you do not realize how unnerving online spying can be. As a Computer Security Consultant, I spend a lot of time on the internet reading, researching and writing. Naturally, I subscribe to a lot of content providers for white-papers, research reports etc.

Recently, I started noticing a trend that did not initially ring an alarm bell. (more…)

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