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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 4 months ago mehman

WOT is disable in Firefox 48 Beta 5 on my laptop. The reason being its not signed. Any workarounds/alternatives for this issue?

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 2 months ago Chakra

Could someone actually tell me what the My Wot privacy policy means? They say they don't collect personal information, but look what the classify as non personal information which they admit they do retain for whatever purposes.

Your Internet Protocol Address;
Your geographic location (e.g., France, Canada, etc.);
The type of device, operating system and browsers you use;
Date and time stamp;
Browsing usage, including visited web pages, clickstream data or web address accessed;
Browser identifier and user ID;

Now I understand, webfilters need information to create their list and all, but it seems that they collect your IP address and attach your browser history to it and say that they will give up the information if law enforcement ask for it. IP addresses and browser history is enough to convict people and My Wot knows everything b/c it is an addon that is always on. It is just unnecessary for them to collect that much information, heck if they stopped collecting ip addresses, and use the other stuff without the IP address collection, then it would be fine, and the product wouldn't suffer any bit at all. I don't trust it.

Privacy issues aside, I think the stuff written about the addon is mostly true, it works well enough for big to medium sites It also helps sometimes to prevent you to malicious imitation sites like bankofamerica123 or something odd that like. However small sites are often not classified correctly, I seen a lot of their top 100 reviewers put down ratings that have no connections to the website they are rating. For example, there could a be information website that does not sell anything at all implied or not implied, but one of the Top 100 reviewers will put in the description "scam, sell fake items," obvious cut and paste reviews for literally thousands of reviews per Top 100 reviewers.

There are a lot of "drive by reviews" like that for small sites, being small they either have to pony up thousands of dollars for the badge of trust or whatever they call it these days. With big and medium sites with reputations and PR muscle, there is enough pressure for Wot staff to override their member's careless ratings, but for everybody else...shrugs.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy Please provide links to the erroneous small site ratings you refer to so viewers (and WOT staff) have some examples to relate to. MC - Site Manager. view
Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 3 weeks ago Sprintel

If this is true, wot probably needs to be removed from your recommended list.
http://www.ghacks.net/2016/11/01/browsing-history-sold/
"The data that Panorama bought from brokers contained more than ten billion web addresses. The data was not fully anonymized, as the team managed to identify people in various ways.

The web address, URL, for instance revealed user IDs, emails or names for instance. This was the case for PayPal (email), for Skype (user name) or an online check-in of an airline."

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 3 weeks ago Remah

The article does not say that WOT provided user IDs. Instead, the user IDs were derivable in the browsing history URLs.

Anonymization cannot work properly unless the browsing history provider knows which labels to remove from the URLs.  WOT doesn't appear to have this level of information so their is little chance that they can fully anonymize the URLs. That is why so many people are against any form of data sharing because there is more than one way to identify individual users.

One important reason that browsing histories are so easily exploited to identify individual users is that too many websites include the user ID or similarly identifiable label in their URLs. This is a convenient way for sites to work but I'd be much happier if they anonymized all their URLs. This site, for example, does use a user number but that resolves to my user name so my browsing history on this site will reveal my user ID, e.g. http://www.techsupportalert.com/user/##### resolves to http://www.techsupportalert.com/users/remah. This means that my user ID can also be determined with very little effort.

Personally, it doesn't bother me that my public user ID on sites like this can be gleaned from my browsing history. But it would bother me if that were the case for my bank or other sites where there is greater financial risk. Thankfully sites like my bank and PayPal are well aware of this security issue and do not reveal any identifiable information in any of the URLs that I use. It is a shame that all other sites don't do the same.

I'm not sure how the PayPal user IDs mentioned in the article were derived but it may be on third-party sites and not PayPal itself.

As for removing WOT from recommendations, I don't support this as I am not bothered by this issue.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 2 weeks ago Sprintel

If the decision is not to remove the addon, I believe techsupportalert at a minimum has thr obligation to disclose the privacy issues that have been on the news lately. Even chrome and firefox already removed this addon from their sites.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 3 years 11 months ago Prof. Jewell

Issues, or not, with WOT need to be carefully discussed in the review before the recommended label is reapplied.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 3 years 9 months ago Sea Mac

They are no longer operating - their assets have been sold! Their Browser Plugin is no longer available and is no longer supported.

https://www.mywot.com/en/forum/70818-to-the-wot-community

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3139814/software/web-of-trust-browser-ext...

https://steveshank.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?aid=679

http://www.pcmag.com/news/349328/web-of-trust-browser-extension-cannot-b...

In light of this, is Gizmo's still using this as their #1 choice for filter against "Bad Web Sites"?  C. Mc.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 3 years 9 months ago Remah

Wow - rehash stuff from last year and miss the discussion in the Forum here. Wow, wow - make factually incorrect claims that "They are no longer operating - their assets have been sold!" Seriously, where did this come from?

Perhaps you read the Wikipedia article which says that the company is liquidated since June 2016? It means the old company rather than the new company. Probably an ESOL wrote that misleading statement. Following the Wikipedia reference to the business registration information you'll see that it is still operating. Alternatively go to their website and see that support is continuing.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 3 years 9 months ago rolou

Installed WOT Chrome add-on to my Vivaldi browser today and it is working perfectly.
Firefox add-on not yet available.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 3 years 8 months ago eikelein

Why do you guys seemingly don't "care" about Google, Apple, Microsoft and practically all the other big players doing the same thing?

And mentioning "Panorama" is a dead give away for me. I am a German living in the US and Panorama is one of the IMHO worst leftist "Fake news" TV shows; IMHO very unreliable and sensationalist.

Please take the time to read the last article on pcejh [dot] com for a background opinion to this infantile situation.

And BTW, Google had WOT removed from their download page for extensions but shortly after WOT changed the wording of their EULA Google restored it again.

Mozilla being a European "institution" with heavy German influence just stubbornly refuses to do the same. Sad state of affairs for the average, non-geek home user.

And to the site.editors and everybody else who might be inclined: Thanks for not removing the info after "read the last article on"; there are NO sales pitches there at all.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob!

Incredible, but just yesterday I was trying to find something similar.
With your recommendation I don't need to keep trying!

Peter

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago David Roper

Very useful Article and website indeed. This month's best anywhere.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago Geekomatic

Thanks for that- I'll give it a shot. It seems like these sites pop-up & then quietly disappear after a while (are they legally forced to shut down I wonder?).

You might also have a look at tunlr.net. They let you assign their specific server IPs & it does similar to hola.

Cheers!

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago SandyGray

Hola is great! It's actually a part of the torch browser now which is pretty cool because you can just use the regular torch browser and unblock and country!

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago Oxa

This is probably a great site for those who don't live in the U.S., but it only unblocks U.S. sites, so it doesn't help Americans who want to watch BBC or CBC programming.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago JohnnyG

Your short article makes it sound like you can connect to any website that gives you the "not available in your country message". I was thrilled when I read it since I frequently get this message when trying to watch television from Portugal and the free Portugal proxies usually don't work, and when they do, they are slower than molasses.
The reality is that Hola only unblocks a few hand-picked websites. There are some scripts available to unblock other websites, but there's no way I can see to add a website that interests you. I even saw someone asking about the exact same website I want to see (RTP - Radio Televisão Portugal) and the Hola people answered "Proxies for Portugal are not available". Maybe I check out Hola again in a couple of years. Probably not.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago Grim107

I don't know what you're talking about. I live in the US and have been using Hola to unblock iPlayer for a while now. It works flawlessly.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago hedgehog5

JohnnyG.

If you go to the Facebook page for Hola Unblocker Scripts -- https://www.facebook.com/HolaUnblockerScripts?hc_location=stream
-- you can request a Holascript. Some clever folks at github will identify the stream and write a script, which you can add to your Hola client with one click (probably the windows app required for this; chrome extension not sufficient). They say they will write any script if it has 5 requests; it's free but they accept donations.

I agree BTW that Hulu's general 'country location' is pretty useless. I expect you are getting a Portugal flag, and er, that's it!

Atm Hola's bread and butter is iPlayer + Pandora + Hulu (tho' there are more reliable ways to get these vanilla flavours). But Hulu promises to become much more - essentially a client for home-made scripts for everyone - making geo-protected content a thing of the past. Hopefully scripts will become more democratic to access and user-friendly to create. (I am unable to join github for some reason; and making my own scripts is just too hard for me - I've tried!) So for now, the Facebook page is all there is.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago mrinmoyjk

Actually, Hola has proxies for 22 countries in the world. It will unblock any site (at least everywhere I've tried till now) from those 22 countries. The reason you are not able to unblock the particular site is that they don't have Portugal on their list till now.

To unblock any site in chrome, open the website, click the Hola button and select the required country from the drop down list.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago crip

Media Hint is another Firefox/Chrome addon that is good for U.S. sites. Just install and forget, til you want to see local media and wonder why you can't see it. Colin

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 4 months ago godel

Their FAQ says:

"Install Hola on your PC, phone or tablet to make your Internet faster, to save data costs, and to be able to view sites that are otherwise censored. It works by sharing the idle resources of its users for the benefit of all. The more Hola users, the faster the Ineternet will be! Our ultimate goal is to make the Internet 10x faster."

So it's P2P? Sorry, but on my slow wireless internet I don't like to share.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago John Snow

Hola Unblocker it just proxy service. Very reiable I must admit. It's just configure proxy via pac script. If website is not on the "black list" - it sends then every packets directly to the website. But if it does - then it picks a proper proxy ( generally it looks like zagentXX.hola.org where XX is a number on the port 22222 ) and add an outcoming http header Proxy-Authorization because hola proxies need a user name and password. After that a proper connection is taken.

best regards,
John Snow

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago xcal

Does not work on IE 10. on Win 8 in Canada. When I installed it for IE, all my signed-in google sites get messed up and show 404. Works ok in Chrome though.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago xcal

I think it was the cookies that don't translate when you access your sites while Hola is on.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago DavidFB

Hola sounds like a nice simple solution.
If that doesn't work because you're not in one of the 22 countries, You might want to try the free DNSJumper. It changes your DNS settings on the fly. Change to a US (or whatever country) DNS and that may be all it takes - they'll assign you a local IP.

Impressively, this works from behind a router too.

(the tool also tests for your fastest DNS choice)

If the site is still being fussy, you can use the Tunlr DNS service which modifies your headers to more thoroughly seem from the US. Thats on the DNSJumper pick list.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

If you search the Add-on library for Firefox you will find Proxmate which accomplishes the same thing as Hola.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago JohnnyG

Thanks David. I've downloaded DNS Jumper and found some Portuguese DNS servers that work. Now I'm just waiting for Portuguese TV to give me the "not available in your area" message in order to try it out. Feels funny to be wanting them *not* to let me in. :)

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago DGOD

What are the security implications for using proxy servers?

I would like to pay for digital goods via Paypal as the Americans seem to get much cheaper deals in some cases, yet I can't help but be concerned about "sharing" my data with a third party.

Thanks.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 3 months ago ixan

Useless to me. Doesn't unblock ANY of the UK tv sites. Not BBC iplayer, nor C4 etc. It seems only to unblock US sites.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 2 months ago Kennywee

I live in the Caribbean. Pandora and some other sites are blocked from broadcasting here. Unfortunately, this Hola thing doesn't do anything for me and ANY of the blocked sites I would like to look at or listen to whenever am in the US.

What a shame!

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 7 years 2 months ago sicknero

If you're a Firefox user you might like to check out the "Mediahint" extension, it works well for me in East Europe for BBC and C4.

Oddly it doesn't fool C4 on Youtube, or the C5 site, but other than that it's very good. It's enabled by default though - I like to keep it disabled unless I'm actually using it.

Alternatively Expat Shield seems to work for all sites but I find it quite buggy and unstable.

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Website of the Week: Alternative To 5 years 9 months ago George.J Been using this site for ages. Excellent source for alternative softwares. view
Website of the Week: Alternative To 5 years 8 months ago Sgluber

I remember when I found AlternativeTo (a long ago) and used it often. But one day I didn't get what I wanted, so I decided to search for another good source of information. Then I found Gizmo! :-)

Since then, Gizmo and AlternativeTo are always on my way. But to be honest, nowadays Gizmo is my main source.

Great tip rhiannon, thank you! :-)

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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 5 years 7 months ago beergas

Thanks, nice selections. Good share!

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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 5 years 7 months ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon,
so easy to spend a few hours on this one.... some beautiful old black & white pics which I find magnificent.

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Website of the Week: Culturally Curious? Check out the Google Cultural Institute 5 years 7 months ago budchekov

Another winner, yes, this one can suck you in for hours!

Thanks again rhiannon. :)

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 5 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

As a confessed bookmark addict I'm not sure how I overlooked this website. I've long been familiar with AAAS org. which provides excellent information in the science fields.

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 5 years 1 month ago magherafelt1943

One of the best science website I have ever used. Thank you for the notification.

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 5 years 1 month ago rhiannon

You're welcome! I think it's one of the best I've seen too. :)

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 5 years 1 month ago Kristopher Hesson

Great article, thanks!

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Website of the Week: EurekAlert! Your Global Source for Science, Medicine and Technology News 5 years 1 month ago rhiannon

I'm happy you like it. :)

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago Sid in Extremis

Nice site, well worth checking the accuracy of the facts though.

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago eikelein

Very nice find, thank you.

I have a problem though: "Best of all, all facts are sourced, with the link at the bottom left of each page" does not show on my system. (Win7, FF32.0.1).
But it's informative to amusing anyway.
Thanks again

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago Frank D

1. Using Firefox the page was so badly formatted I couldn't read it.
2. Using Internet Explorer, there was no animation.
3. The facts were in random order and most were not of interest to me. It would have been better, IMO, to present them as a list of links, and I could choose the ones I wanted to know. Otherwise, it's a grab-bag.

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago Rick Grunwald

There is a "source" button on the lower left - of course you then have to check that source :))

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago rhiannon I had no trouble with the four browsers I used to check the site so I'm not sure what's up with that. As for lists of facts, if you scroll down the main page a bit there are 75+ categories you can choose from. There isn't a way to search within the categories as far as I can tell. view
Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy Some browser extensions and/or security program settings can interfere with the operation of this site. MC - Site Manager. view
Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago Frank D

Thank you. I'll try again. :-)

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago eikelein

@rhiannon
I am such a klutz. I apologize.
Turned Adblock Plus off and voila, there were the source links.
And THEN came the surprise: Ghostery blocks redirections to some site in Japan - and for good reasons imho at least.

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago rhiannon I didn't have any trouble with Firefox using Ghostery, but there have been times its blocked something I wanted to see. AdBlock will do the same thing though I haven't used it for a while. :) There may be others but those are the two I know of. view
Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago Frank D

OK, after a bit of exploring, I found that in Firefox I had to turn off AdBlock on the page to see the Source link, and I had to set the animation timer (in the upper right-hand corner) to 3 seconds before any animation would take place.

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Website of the Week: FACTSlides Fun Random Facts 6 years 2 months ago rhiannon @Frank D Thanks for the update, I'm sure others can use the tip. :) view
Website of the Week: SciTech Daily 5 years 2 months ago BillK

The site also provides RSS feeds for those who prefer a feed reader to an email newsletter.

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Website of the Week: SciTech Daily 5 years 2 months ago rhiannon It sure does, and thanks for mentioning it. :) view
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Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) 5 years 11 months ago Maurice I

Nice one another webpage is biodigital human,relatively the same. though needs a good graphic card and 3d compatible.

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Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) 5 years 11 months ago rhiannon I'll take a look at it when I get back to my desktop. :) view
Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) 5 years 11 months ago Maurice I

My apology; you did a review about biodigital human back in 2011, I had forgot about it until I thought on it for awhile.Maurice

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Website of the Week: the Inner Body (Human Anatomy) 5 years 11 months ago rhiannon No problem, even I forget what I've written about sometimes. :) view
Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 6 years 1 month ago EldonW

Thanks rhiannon. Yesterday a user on another forum asked for books on the history of the internet. I'm going to pass on the link provided by you.

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Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 6 years 1 month ago rhiannon @EldonW: You're welcome. The site isn't an extensive history, though I think it does a great job of highlighting important points. view
Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 6 years 1 month ago kkanalz

Did y'all notice that absolutely NO MENTION of Al Gore's involvement in "creating" the Internet? Hmmmm...

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Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 6 years 3 weeks ago ribotto

I got to the site but couldn't find any link to open it?

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Website of the Week: The Story of the Web 6 years 3 weeks ago rhiannon The site takes a little while to load. Here's the URL: Story of the Web view
Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 6 years 2 months ago e-alias

excellent find, rhiannon - thanks for turning us on to it.

and no, not "dry" at all - in fact their 'about' page (http://www.worldometers.info/about.php) and their 'sources' page (http://www.worldometers.info/sources.php) are rich with additional information.

thanks again -

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Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 6 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon....thanks for sharing !

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Website of the Week: Worldmeters: Real Time World Statistics 6 years 2 months ago EldonW

Thanks rhiannon. An interesting (frightening?) statistic is that there are alomost twice as many overweight as undernourished people in the world!

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 6 years 1 month ago ichabod

MC, you said "Only download from a reputable source ... go to Softpedia or one of the other recognized download sites". That's an important point, and I'd like to add the suggestion that we go only to "a reputable source," rather than any "recognized" one. The latter is simply too broad and vague, especially with Cnet (Download.com) being so widely recognized while having some reputation issues as mentioned in other Gizmo articles. A link to the Gizmo article "Best Freeware Download Sites" would be helpful in the paragraph for step #3 of this article.

Thank you so much for this article. I especially appreciate the recommendations about security tools in the last 5 steps. As websites and SW developers succumb to the siren call of financial benefits in exchange for loosening their ethical standards, it's good to know that we have this site for independent advice.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 6 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy Many thanks for your suggestions. These have now been incorporated into the article. MC - Site Manager. view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 6 years 1 month ago EldonW

Excellent article. Another tip is to not be connected to the internet while installing a program, unless absolutely necessary. Often the bundled junk is not included in the installer, and has to be downloaded. An example is the extra programs offered while installing programs from NCH Software. Also, one doesn't have to be connected to the internet while using an installed program to convert a video, edit an audio file, type a document, etc.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 9 months ago johnvk

Nice article MidnightCowboy.

I got here linked from the comments in Best Free Partition Management Software. In those comments is an extremely good example of just how sneaky these software providers are, and just how easy it is to get tricked if you're not completely vigilant.

Always use custom install!

I would like to add that like Umberto requested in the forums "md5 checksums for reviewed software" i would also like to request that MD5 checksums be provided for software recommended here at Gizmo's.

It is not a perfect solution. Perhaps by the time you come to download, there is a newer version that has not yet been reviewed--wont help this situation.

But it WILL prevent the exact situation that happened with that EASEUS partition program. That was the SAME version that was re-packaged with bundled software and listed on the same download page that Gizmo's linked to. Note that in this case the MD5 hash on the software author's download page will not help this situation.

I don't really think it's too much trouble for reviewers, tho i do appreciate their contribution so much it is hard to ask for something else from them. But it would be so nice to know when downloading a program that it is the EXACT version reviewed by the reviewer. That would give me piece of mind.

I would also like to note for newcomers that many antivirus programs come with the option to search for euphemistically named "Potentially Unwanted Software" or PUP for short. Most if not all of these bundled software programs are in that category. I will just say that the "potential" that you "unwant" these programs is very, very high ;)

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 9 months ago Remah I agree that MD5 checksums would be useful but I don't think it is feasible for us. As you are clearly aware, the minimum cost for us will be having to calculate and confirm checksums which we don't currently do. But the main issue will be that most of the downloads linked from our site are for software that changes quite regularly, much as frequently as once a week, so we would have lot of software where the checksums don't match. This applies to such popular categories as anti-virus and other security products, web browsers, system utilities (e.g. CCleaner), etc. So to keep the MD5's and downloads consistent we would need a process - automated to be effective - to maintain the reliability of the article information for the latest version of the downloadable software. Here's an example: 1. Monitor the download link page to alert us to a change. 2. Determine if the page change is a new version of the software. If not, stop. 3. Acquire the latest version number, download size, and checksum. 4. Update the product details in our database. Even if we did this, a further step would also need to be added to step 3 to bring the benefit you desire. We would have to install the new version and check that there hasn't been a change to the bundling. [Edited to correct spelling] view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 9 months ago johnvk

I posted a reply in the forums "MD5 checksums for reviewed software" [not letting me post link--you'll have to look it up :(

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 8 months ago v.laurie There is an interesting article on the problem of bundled software by the security firm Emisoft at http://blog.emsisoft.com/2015/03/11/mind-the-pup-top-download-portals-to.... view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 5 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Thanks Vic. Remah also drew attention to this in his forum post here. MC- Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-web-apps-and-net... view
What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 7 months ago Rick Grunwald

Nice, thorough article
Always do an "advanced" install, never the "express install" when it is offered
Here is a small (free) program that will un check or decline all the "offers"
https://unchecky.com/
It runs as a service - still be careful

Open Candy thinks their business model is legit and offers a cleanup utility that has worked for me
http://opencandy.com/faqs/
I get a "precede at your own risk" warning at that page so use your own judgement

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 7 months ago jmaloney

I always create a restore point before running downloaded software the first time. That doesn't keep me from installing unwanted software, but it makes getting rid of it easier. If I discover unwanted software I simply reload the restore point to get rid of it.

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