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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Let's Do Something About Spyware, Adware and More

A vicious spyware program has taken over my main PC, and has cost me thousands of dollars in time and expense as well as opening my personal and professional data up to evil doers. I've also spent a lot of words whining about it, and the feedback from readers has been astonishing. I've received hundreds upon hundreds of emails from readers who have had similar nightmare-ish experiences.

The worst part is that we all know who is doing it -- they direct us to their own and their partners' websites using these nefarious programs. But we consumers have been all but powerless to do anything about this -- until now.

I want to start a movement to fight this evil. There's a bill before our legislators called the "Spy Act HR 2929" and in Chapter 47 of that bill there is legislation that will make spyware, adware and other malicious code illegal.

The bill seems to be floundering -- so let's do something about it, in three easy steps:

1. Find and then contact your congressman in the link below. Tell him/her to get this bill passed and to make sure the punishment is $1-3 million per violation and that jail time is included:
http://www.house.gov/writerep/


2. Find and then contact your senator in the link below. Tell him/her to get this bill passed and to make sure the punishment is $1-3 million per violation and that jail time is included:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

3. Finally, click here to send this link to everyone you think might want to join in this fight.


PS. I'm just getting started on this battle. We're gonna get these bad guys.

8 Comments:

Anonymous JP Laqueur said...

Done. Amen brother. Had the same issue recently myself. Sucks. Total waste of time and productivity.

3/29/2005 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Done!

3/30/2005 12:23:00 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I applaud your efforts at criminalizing spyware. In the meantime, I recommend the following:

1. Use a wired or wireless router. They're inexpensive and act as a hardware firewall.

2. Use firewall software. There are several free or inexpensive ones available (I use ZoneAlarm.)

3. Use anti-virus software. Update and scan your drive once a week.

4. Use 2 or 3 anti-spyware programs. (Ad-Aware and Spybot are both free.) You need more than one because no spyware program gets everything. Update and scan frequently.

In addition, I use an inexpensive ad-blocking software (AdSubtract) that displays all the cookies on my PC and deletes any cookies that I don't authorize.

I've had this set-up for about 2 years and I never have any problems. In fact, I never find any spyware on my PC anymore when I do spyware scans. Occasionally I get tracking cookies but they're deleted by my ad-blocking software.

3/30/2005 06:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like this bill passed the House in October. It is now in the Senate. So write your senator!

3/31/2005 04:20:00 PM  
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10/02/2005 03:54:00 AM  
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10/02/2005 07:23:00 AM  
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10/02/2005 08:14:00 AM  
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10/03/2005 07:05:00 AM  

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