Category: Safety Online

Safety Online

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Safety online is not always in our awareness as much as it should be when we browse the internet. Our curiosity might win over caution, especially when we are tempted by distractions, such as free prize offers.

Ever been enticed to play that online trivia quiz to win a free prize? You’ve been glued to your computer screen for hours, toiling to build your multiple streams of income…

Think Twice Before Accepting Free Gifts

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There are times when we should think twice about accepting free gifts from a business, especially when we are just starting out as a new customer. Giving ‘free’ gifts is a common business practice.

Sometimes such gifts are a genuine gesture of customer appreciation. But most of us understand it is done to provide an incentive to retain customer loyalty.

I was reminded of this post upon receiving a free offer from my electricity service. They offered to send me 2 free movie tickets valued at $22 per ticket. That’s the good side of privatizing the utilities services. /p

Using Link Shorteners Inside Emails Is Risky

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The Aweber blog has an interesting article about the risk of using public link shorteners inside email messages. After testing, they found it increases the risk of the email not being delivered.

They discuss two factors.  First,  emails containing public shortening links, such as or tinyurl, have a greater chance of being blocked by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Second,  many people hesitate to click on a cloaked link in an email because they don’t know where it will send them.

Free Trial Offers: What You Must Know

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Are free trial offers really free, or is there usually a catch?

These offers can be an effective and legitimate marketing strategy to attract new customers.


Many free trials options are genuine.

But there are occasions when the small print has conditions that you would not agree to if you knew about or fully understood them.

Google Images Hijack Malware

Do we still need to worry in the year 2018 about getting infected by malware through a picture we download? You might recall that a few years ago we heard news about thousands of Google Images being infected with poisonous malware.

The problem was not new, but back then the incidents of malicious image search results were increasing.