posted on Dec, 23 2010 @ 10:40 PM
It's rather simple; just think back when YouTube and MySpace were just beginning on the "scene."
Soon, millions of users flocked to the sites like due to their overwhelming popularity and "branding," which elevates the value of any marketable
asset. When a site like Facebook, YouTube, and other innovative "Web 2.0" start-ups attract millions of users, offers get placed on the table from
"giant media outlets" to leverage and group together to serve a "larger brand."
The reason why Twitter is going to keep-on being popular is simple. When technologies "converge," as in cellular, broadband internet, and or
satellite, one "brand" can serve as much content as they can "push" which generates millions of revenue by ads and sales. If an "Ad" placed
around a holiday for a very popular piece of technology is "pushed," demand increases and large corporations make tons of money selling items and
increasing their "branding." Even if they sell-out, they usually have a "second-run" and it starts all over again.
Amazing to see how popular sites can get pushed into the "mainstream" and result in millions of dollars of profit for somebody. Ads will get worse,
and stay highly-visible and animated in our peripheral vision on the internet. We are "wired" by instinct to notice that one red-colored advert
sitting in a corner of a website's pages then a static text which does nothing. They'll get more obtrusive as unscrupulous gold-digger data-mining
companies try to make more and more money. This will decrease network security and open-up major new ways to compromise computer systems. But the
nature of the internet was designed for this very thing; social-engineered attacks to steal bank account information or private details make a gravy
train for the taking.
The "Mal-Ware" pop-up window which notifies you of being infected with numerous trojan or viruses on your computer is one of the best
socially-engineered attacks around; only if people knew how to easily stop-it, DEAD in its tracks, we would all breathe easer and spend alot less in
If you get a pop-up saying your computer is infected with a virus or trojan, just follow the next steps and you can save alot of time and money buying
1. Pop-up appears, which looks like an actual window in Windows, but it's not. If you click "Scan" or "X" to close it, you are falling for the
trap and delivering a payload to your computer; the "X" is what triggers the download.
2. STOP! Do not press or click any "Scan" or "X" icons anywhere on that pop-up.
3. Immediately press "CTRL," "ALT," and "DELETE" to bring-up the "Task Manager."
4. When "Task Manager" is open, look-under the "Applications" or "Processes" tab and find your browser. In this example, I will use Internet
Explorer to illustrate. "Right-Click" the application "Windows Internet Explorer" and select "End Task" on the menu. If there are two or more,
end those, as well. Make sure all instances of your browser are ended and no tasks are running.
5. If you performed this correctly, clear your internet temporary files or cache and you'll be fine, assuming there are no other infections on your
system, but if you "Clicked" on the pop-up or messed-up ending a task, get ready to reformat, replace, or be annoyed trying to find the culprit.
Some of those trojans are smart and stealth-enabled. A very hard problem to get rid of. I hope this helps.
Be Aware, Be Vigilant, and Be Intelligent.