Monday, 16 January 2012
Suspicious Links: to Click or not to Click?
Today, instead of doing the predictable post about all the sexual innuendos posted around Stardoll, I decided to post about something we all may be wondering about.
When we see a suspicious link, do we click it?
That question popped into my mind when I saw this post in a recent Coverboy winner's Guestbook.
Of course, thinking that exploring this topic would be enlightening for some of you, I proceeded to follow her instructions and visit her page.
This was what her presentation with the Antidote link looked like.
Like most users with links to share, she urged us to proceed to her blog.
Thinking no harm could come out of visiting a blog powered by blogspot, I entered the URL to take some snapshots of her post featuring the Antidote link.
I got some definite 'jeepers, creepers' when I visited this blog.
Immediately on the side of the screen I saw my location, town and state.
While it seems simple enough to get an application that shows that information on your blog, it still made me a little uneasy.
When I took a look at the post at the top of her blog, here is what I saw.
I, of course, was intrigued by this mysterious link.
To click or not to click? That is the question.
I have some reasons why all of you shouldn't click.
1. Can I have the reigns back now, please?
You have absolutely no control over where this hyperlink is taking you. It's like you're riding a horse without reigns! This site could have all sorts of viruses or prompt you to enter personal information to get this Antidote. Are you going to blindly trust another Stardoll user? A lot of us have one time or another, and it certainly hasn't done us any good. If all you know about this link is the word 'here,' you definitely should not click it.
2. Curiosity killed the cat.
Think about it. Which would you rather have? Access to your account and/or computer, or the knowledge of where this link will take you and what it actually is? I'd rather have a computer that's up and running and a Stardoll account that is solely mine.
3. Too good to be true.
I know what you're thinking.
'All the Antidote?! Even the sold out ones?! How amazing! I HAVE to have it at all costs!'
Wait a minute.
Let's think about this a little harder, even after the initial excitement.
How would this girl be able to get all the Antidote, available whenever you want it?
Why would this girl want to share this link with you without charging anything?
This all seems a little suspicious.
Are you still enthused?
I know I'm not.
Even though we can't say this girl necessarily 'did' anything, we should steer clear of any offers she's giving us.
As a very wise person said, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Until next time,
EDIT: This user did nothing wrong. I misunderstood and it was only a link to the clothing in the Starplaza. The reason why I posted this is because I thought it would be helpful to you all; I took you through my thought process, and you never know, it might just save some of you your Stardoll account and running computer. There are some real computer geniuses out there I'm sure can pull those sort of stunts off and create a very bad day for you.
Thank you for reading!