In case you've forgotten, the Internet is still full of sneaky bastards who want to prey on your curiosity! Here's a rundown of their latest M.O.
In case you've been hiding in a cave somewhere, Vhong Navarro was subjected to a brutal beatdown in a condo unit in The Fort last January 22, Wednesday. The reason for the attack? According to the comedian, a group of guys wanted to extort money from him. The other camp says the shit went down because they caught him attempting to rape their mutual friend, Deniece Milinette Cornejo.
It's all over the local news, and the shady part of the Internet has taken notice. We bet you've seen this link below on Facebook:
Did you click on it? We're hoping you didn't because there's no video. What's worse is you only helped spread a big fat lie. You see, when you click on it, you'll be asked to share the link first before you'll be able to view the non-existent clip. Tsk.
This, dear friends, is an example of a negative form of clickbaiting. A clickbait (or link bait) is defined as a link that has a super interesting title or line that will make you click. Think of the links in your News Feed that go like "This blank did something really, really blank. What happened next is blank and utterly blank."
In itself, clickbaiting is not bad. It's actually a great way to spread the videos and articles that you want you want to go viral. However, if it's used for spreading fake and malicious content, then it becomes annoying and even dangerous since hackers can use it to steal confidential info (i.e. your log-in credentials).
Spammers and hackers are sneaky and opportunistic. When something big happens, like the Vhong Navarro gulpihan issue, expect them to piggyback on it, using clickbaits to lure you in. So fellas, always be alert and follow the old "Think before you click" rule.
Below is our rundown of The Types Of Links You Should Never Click On!
THOSE THAT PROMISE A HUGE SUM OF MOOLAH
By this we mean links that promises something really big, like getting a boatload of cash in just a few easy steps. We all want to be rewarded, and this is why spammers and hackers create links that could attract the greedy bastard in us.
THOSE THAT SAY SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE HAS HAPPENED
If you see a link that says something impossible has happened like, say, Jose Rizal was seen in a CCTV footage, be very wary. You can bet your next suweldo that it's fake (duh!) and it's just out to spam the heck out of everyone. However, if you want to make sure, use Google to verify its authenticity. If it's indeed true, numerous reputable sites have most probably written about the topic already—check it out there instead.
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