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You’re So Cool – Just Beware On The Web

September 16th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 45 secs

“You’re so cool” and other flattering comments are sometimes just bait.

“You’re so cool. I don’t suppose I’ve read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some authentic ideas on this subject. Really thank you for bringing this up.” As a classic bit of fake posting, it strikes at the vanities of bloggers and authors who wish it were true. That’s why you find such comments scattered everywhere across the World Wide Web.

Despite being contrived, who wouldn’t want someone to post in such a favourable response? It can also be tempting. Bloggers can think they’re doing themselves a favour leaving such posts on site for other readers to see. And some will do anything in a desperate bid to impress. Sad isn’t it?

Personally, if posts saying, “You’re so cool. I don’t suppose I’ve read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some authentic ideas on this subject” were all there was to it, I wouldn’t mind. Spam flattery doesn’t seem that much of a crime. But it’s more sinister than that. Attached to such posts are web addresses to a range of seedy sites. That’s why they send them in the first place, as a way to link their shabby strategies to genuine websites.

Just this week, in Australia, the Federal Police recommended that everyone start giving false information about themselves on websites to provide themselves with some kind of data protection (like fudging your date of birth and other elements). Doing so, they say, ups the ante on those who would seek to steal information from you and other reputable people. Sigh! How sad that it has come to that. But that’s the reality.

Additionally, if I see comments from website contributors like “You’re so cool. I don’t suppose I’ve read anything like this before. So nice to find somebody with some authentic ideas on this subject. Really thank you for bringing this up” I am immediately suspicious. Comments that appear in any way fake are a definite alarm bell, suggesting you ought to take care. So, quite apart from the sentiment (because I suspect you are pretty cool and I sincerely appreciate you reading), we all need to take everything on the Web with a grain of salt and a questioning mind. With enough caution, the Internet is still a great place to go for a whole host of information and service. Just take care!

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