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Hi guys,my name is Anna,I'm Italian and I'm studying foreign languages at the University of Padua. This is supposed to be my last year of studies,or so I hope,and I'm trying my best to finish asap,'coz it's really high time I were under way! I have many loves in my life,my Luv,my cats,books,violets and apples (but this is an old and long story to tell!). I don't want to bother you now,I'm going to tell you more in depht later! I'm waiting for you on my blog,read it,love it,hate it and feel free to leave any comments. This is the place I stay and it can be yours too!

Friday, May 8

Beware of spiderwebs!

Hi guys,have you ever thought about the risks you can run into while surfing the Web? Do you think networking is totally harmless? Well, read these lines and then let me know!
This week in class we talked about the critical websurfing and came up with a list of the most frequent (and feared) risks we can encounter while walking into the Web:
  • privacy violation and identity theft;
  • cloning (identities, credit cards);
  • copyright infringement (see my old post about this argument);
  • addiction;
The Web is a huge source of information, it receives and gives a great amount of generic information, news and updates..but not just these! It also contains personal data like addresses, pictures, pieces of work and so on. By googling your name, for instance, you can see that it is extremely easy for anyone to find out information about everyone and to keep track of it. In fact, every time we access the Web we leave subtle but precise information about ourselves, our tastes and our interests. Traces of our past activities are stored in the database of the computer we used (under the label chronology), giving hundreds of little clues about ourselves. Furthermore, the spread of social networks like Myspace and Facebook is boosting the circulation of personal information all over the Web so we need to be really careful in giving information about ourselves. The first thing we can do to avoid falling into the Web traps is to protect our pc with a strong antivirus software and to use quite a good deal of common sense when surfing the Web, that is, to avoid visiting those websites which are not 100% danger free. Then, since the majority of attacks takes place when we click on pop-ups or reply to spam mail and are re-directed to another webpage,it is advisable to use a good spam filter and check that the addresser is someone we know well. In the past I used many e-mail accounts ,for instance, with Yahoo mail and Hotmail, but I always had several problems with spam (one day it happened that I opened my mailbox and found more than 300 spam mail! I let you imagine how disappointed I was!). Now I'm using Gmail (Google mail) and I must say that it is really efficient, simple and safe from any spam attack, if only I had used it before!
Surfing the Web can prove to be dangerous and tricky sometimes,but it is funny and helpful as well. As a matter of fact it has become one of the most popular activities in modern society, as an hobby and even as a job! This means that people are not afraid to do it and are becoming more and more aware of the risks they can run into. In my opinion, we have never been given so many opportunities to discover the world and to enrich our knowledge as in this moment thanks to the 2.0 age, and we have to take advantage from it. The time is now, just need to mind the gap...and the trap!

Take care,see ya!



Valentina Tolfo said...

Hi Anna!
You're right, the Internet can be tricky!! I was stunned when I read that you found more than 300 spam mails when you used Yahoo 'coz I've always used it and I currently use it but I've never had problems! Oh my God, now I'm pretty worried! Anyway, using common sense is a good suggestion!

About my feedback, I have few things to say, as usual.
You wrote "walking in the Internet", but I guess you can't use this verb in this expression. Isn't it better to say "surfing on the web"?
Then you wrote "as a matter of facts", but I think it's "fact". I don't think it can be plural.
Finally you wrote "Then, since the majority of attacks takes place when we click on pop-ups or reply to spam mail and are re-directed to another webpage,it is advisable to use a good spam filter and check that the addresser is someone you know well." I guess it's better to use "we" in the last sentence, too. It's not a good idea to change subject.
That's all!
See you tomorrow! : )

Kitty Violet said...

Hi Vale,
you're right, I made that stupid mistake with "facts" again! I wonder why I'm always wrong with it:-/! So far as the first correction is concerned (walking in the Internet),I remember that I heard this construction in many song lyrics(e.g. "Walking on sunshine" and "Walking into spiderwebs")..ok, maybe it was "into" or "on" instead of "in the Internet"! Anyway,I think your suggestion is good,more neutral and safe from harm;-)!
Concerning spam mail, I think I'm a bit unlucky for it happened not only with Yahoo, but also with Hotmail! Frankly, I believe it's all my fault, I shouldn't have given my e-ddress and personal datas to anyone..well, hope I've learned the lesson now!
See you, bye!

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