What do I mean by “right’ information? Right = reliable; Right = authentic; i.e., it delivers what the link, tagline or keywords promised. Right = you are able to access the information without undue hassle or burden, including burden from malware or other tricks. These are to name but a few principles we could discuss at length.
In updating the Kinky Links page tonight, I found myself irritated beyond belief at the audacity, the unmitigated gaul of some of these websites that promise one type of content and then re-direct you to a site that contains completely different content.
For example, some time ago I found a site that promised to deliver jock-related videos. I saved it for future use on the JSJ blog. Tonight, I discovered that when I clicked on the video clips, I was re-directed to other sites, sometimes over and over and over, without actual video clips ever playing. I find this sort of thing insulting to me as a consumer and a waste of my time. It also litters the Internet with garbage sites that frustrate searching for information.
My commitment to you, my readers, is that I will used every bit of due diligence I know to try out these sites first before putting any of them on the Kinky Links page, or any other page I might put up in the future. If I have not tested the site or its links – i.e., curated it – I will tell you. That way you can determine for yourself whether to risk following the re-directs into Wonderland.
I am sort of a techy geeky kinda jockstrapper at heart, so if you will permit me to put on my geek jock:
As some of you may know, sites that employ such schemes as the “faux-jock” site I mentioned above are notorious for installing malware on a users computer, or at least attempting to. There are some free, easy steps you can take to provide, at least, minimal protection against such attacks. I recommend:
- For Firefox users, install the add on Web of Trust. Caveat: Web of Trust will often throw up a warning on porn sites or adult personals sites. These warnings have levels of severity, which you can choose to ignore. What I like best about Web of Trust is that, once installed, it will place an icon next to each link in your searches, emails, anywhere, indicating the relative trustworthiness of the site. I have a rule now that I will not open up a link that shows red in search results.
- Get rid of Norton Anti-Virus. I cannot tell you how many horror stories I have heard, and one of which I know first hand, that involve this dreadful product. While it has gotten better over the years, it remains one of the most intrusive and difficult to manage anti-virus programs I know. You can do better – and you can do better for free. Dump it. Dump it now. Do not look back.
- Get Avast! anti-virus protection. Even the free version of this wonderful program is excellent protection against many forms of attack. Of course, there is a pro version, too. It aggressively defends against assaults on your computer, and even will allow you to open .exe files and other types of installation files in “sandbox” mode so that if they contain little unknown “bombs” of some sort, you will be protected from them. It is also easy to configure and operate.
- Double your protect with Spybot Search and Destroy. I like Spybot for sweeping out the “repeat offender” type spyware, adware, etc. that just installs over and over, each time you visit certain types of sites.
- Get a good registry cleaner, and use it at least once per week. I use Glary Utilities. I would not recommend it on its own, but together with the other programs and applications I have mentioned, it is quite good at keeping your computer humming.
If you should happen to notice that a link to a site on JSJ is either not working, or is doing some of the things that I am condemning in this article, please, please, please let me know so that I can take care of it.
In closing, I have no financial interest in any of the companies that make or distribute the programs and applications I mentioned in this article. I have been promised no remuneration of any kind for writing this article. These are, honestly, programs and applications that I have personally used and found to be worthy of continued use for myself.