Are screensavers really a problem? Asks a siteadvisor blog entry, and according to their results, they are, big time.
We counted 318 children?s television programs currently airing on English language networks in the United States. We decided to search for screensavers for each of these shows to see how risky it is to put a Rugrat, a Powerpuff Girl or a Flintstone on a desktop.
Each of the three aforementioned programs all returned 50% or more risky sites on Google’s first page of search results. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A staggering 85% of all kids TV show screensavers searches returned at least one dangerous site on the first page. 20% of all shows returned search results where half or more of the sites were risky. A child or parent who searches for a Gilmore Girl or Kenny the Shark screensaver and clicks randomly on the results has a 60% chance of landing at a risky site.
The Power Rangers were number one with 81.8% of sites in the results leading to sites with red links and yellow links.
Some adults may take the time to learn about these programs. But children are especially vulnerable to blindly clicking yes at each prompt & then the family PC is infected with adware and worse.
And thats how lots of adware gets on pcs at home, kids don;t know any better and blindly click yes to prompts that pop up, just because they want whatever they were searching for.
This article references an article that I wrote at Realtechnews.com called Warner Bros Partners with 180Solutions, that I followed up at Revenews.com called More on WarnerBros and 180Solutions. One of these years, we may be able to get rid of adware and spyware, if more merchants, like WarnerBros, will end their relationship with them.
SiteAdvisor’s latest blog entry is about movies and actresses and just exactly which searches are the most dangerous.
Steven Spielberg accidentally invented the “summer blockbuster” in 1975 when Jaws unexpectedly grossed over $100 million within the first month of its release. Since then, the major movie studios have increasingly relied on the summer season to release their biggest, and they hope, their most profitable films.
As consumers flock to the Web to learn more about this summer’s “event” movies, we decided to see if the scammers and spammers had followed. So, do any of this summer’s biggest names contain any hidden computer dangers? We searched Google for the titles of 37 summer ’06 blockbusters plus the word “screensaver” and calculated the percentage of risky site links returned on the first page of search results. We also performed similar screensaver searches for 48 of these films’ leading actors.
And the Winner is: Miami Vice is number one with a bullet to your head. I assume it is because of the top searches, most are for wallpapers and screensavers. Number one for actors and actresses? Uma Thurman, probably for the same reasons, screensavers, pictures, etc. Check out the whole blog, here.
For a great way to put your digital photos to work, try creating a slide show presentation for use as a screensavers.
- Right click an empty spot on your desktop, and then click Properties.
- Click the ScreenSaver tab.
- In the Screensaver list, click My Pictures Slideshow.
- Click Settings to make any adjustments, such as how often the pictures should change, what size they should be, and whether you’ll use transition effects between pictures, and then click OK.
Now your screensaver is a random display of the pictures taken from your My Pictures folder.
This step-by-step article describes how to change the default logon screensavers in Microsoft Windows XP. Specifically, the article discusses how to change the type of screen saver that starts, the timeout before the screen saver starts, and whether a screen saver is turned on before the logon process.
When you start Windows, you may be presented with the Windows XP welcome screen, which prompts you click your user name to begin, or you may be presented with a Welcome to Windows dialog box that prompts you to press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log on. By default, if you do not press a key for 10 minutes, the Windows logon screen saver (Logon.scr) starts.
Click here for the article.