Security online

Geoff 
Geoff: To what degree do you think about security when you use the internet?

Do you think about it before you click on a link? Would you recognise a trustworthy URL compared to an untrustworthy one? Are you careful to maintain up to date software? Do you have antivirus software running all the time?
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lori100
lori100: You talking to me?....Hardly ever...once in a while,no,no, no....my antivirus and anti malware have both expired, but both still work---the anti-virus in safemode....why?....I had someone using my computer months ago, playing games and other stuff...when I downloaded anti-malware I got rid of him and stuff he put on my computer....
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Geoff 
Geoff: No, Lori, I wasn't speaking specifically to you, it was an open question. But thank you for your input, I am interested in how people view and understand the internet and all views are welcome.
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lori100
lori100: yw....why would my anti-virus and anti-malware still work if they both expired?
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Geoff 
Geoff: Depends on which particular AV software you use, but it's likely that it either demotes you to the free version when your licence expires (which Avira does) or it simply stops giving you updates (like AVG) - the lack of updates is worse as you won't be protected against new versions of viruses.
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lori100
lori100: yes, not paying for it now...cool, thanks...
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calybonos
calybonos: Jenny McCarthy says that immunizing can cause autism, and it already runs slow, so.....
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lori100
lori100: lol....took me a while to get that one...
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Geoff 
Geoff: Jenny McCarthy is the biggest loony I know, present company included.
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lori100
lori100: she is not alone...she noticed her son changed soon after he got the shots...others have, too...common sense....she ignored her intuition to not get the shot...mother's intuition...
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Geoff 
Geoff: Those shots are given at an age when ASD manifest.

There is NO link between MMR and autism, any more than there is a link between church attendance and autism, or organic produce and autism.
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Geoff 
Geoff: It's also the case that when the MMR jab was introduced that there was a growth in understanding, both among doctors and parents of autism.

Wakefield has been proven to be a self-aggrandising liar.
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lori100
lori100: I think there is a link...researchers hide info from the public...they knew the effects of smoking, they knew women using powder can cause ovarian cancer...never told them...they may have hidden the MMR info...
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Geoff 
Geoff: Wakefield wasn't attacking vaccines, he was just promoting the ones he was paid to promote, and was barred by the BMA for misleading the public.

There's not even a good correlation in the figures for ASD diagnoses with immunisation rates.

And the lengths the anti-vaxxers go to point out and fix their children (and a child with an Austism Spectrum Disorder is not broken and doesn't need to be fixed) is horrendous.
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lori100
lori100: Anyone can go to extremes...I don't know what they do to fix them and I might not support them...I still think there is a link... a percentage will die from the shots yet they are still required. ..very risky...
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Geoff 
Geoff: It's a smaller percentage than will die from the disease.

And since there's no confirmed link between a vaccination issued to the general public in the US or UK and single death - I think I'll risk it rather than actually letting my kids have measles, mumps, or rubella.
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Wild__
Wild__: Do you have any tips for recognizing an untrustworthy URL Geoff?
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Geoff 
Geoff: www.apple.com.update.ru

That's a dodgy URL

Work out why.
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Geoff 
Geoff: I don't think it's a real URL (don't try to visit it, ffs.

But if it does exist, it's a definite dodgy URL
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lori100
lori100: too wordy...
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Geoff 
Geoff: No, it's that the fully qualified domain name has nothing to do with Apple.


If it was, http://www.apple.com/update/ru, it would be fine - you have to look at the dots.
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lori100
lori100: Some have said Microsoft and Google, ( probably others) , have face recognition programs in their software....what do you think, why would they have put it there...for what purpose?...
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Aura_
Aura_: My guess would be...to recognize faces.


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lori100
lori100: ....and why do they need to do that?
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Aura_
Aura_: Because people want it to. No, really they do. It makes browsing for and editing of pics easier for a lot of people.
What they have, is not the sort of facial recognition that law enforcement uses for identification. Where all pictures the computer sorts trough are of faces.
What they have is the sort of program that sorts trough all pics online and says "This is a face. This is a building. This is a landscape."

Search for 'faceswap' and you will get pictures where the faces of groups of people have been swapped. But sometimes, you will see the faces are swapped with random patterns because the app that does it, which facial recognition, recognized some random pattern as a face.

Also, click any picture with the right mouse button and click "search google for this picture" Under the 100% hits, you will get "similar pictures" Those similar pictures are also chosen by the sort of software that uses facial recognition.
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lori100
lori100: ...I don't know...some have said it is the type cops use....
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