Monday, January 3, 2011

Take Time to Read

Information for evaluating the credibility of a site can often be found right out in the open.

The best thing to do is take a moment and scan a page before acting on it.  For example, here's another scam that showed up in my inbox today:

 Get More Out of Skype -  VoIP for free

If you are already a Skype user you know that most of its services are free to begin with. So what does this site offer that is any different than free Skype?

Not much. Read the disclaimer at the bottom of the page:

Disclaimer: This website has no affiliation whatsoever with the owner of this software program and does not re-sell or license software. All software is freeware and/or shareware with the understanding that the user may need or want to pay for it later. Membership is for unlimited access to our site's resources. We provide an organized website with links to third party freeware and shareware software, technical support, tutorials and step by step guides.
You can see that what you get for your money is basically "an organized website with links to ... freeware and shareware." Not much of a service, really. I wrote about this in a previous posting, but wanted to emphasize that clues on the page raise red flags, if you take time to read.

Searching too quickly--or acting too quickly--leads to a lot of waste. It's not a waste of time to read before believing.

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