Blogger and the system changing its word verification system seem to be the talk of blogger town lately. On the one hand I find it quite tedious having to fill in two words, especially as one of them is hardly recognizable. On the other, one can’t be too careful. Somehow spammers seem to become more ingenious every day, posting unwanted comments or polluting mailboxes with unwanted ‘propositions’.
Mind you, I find some spam mail rather funny. If I were to believe all the proposals I get from widowed women in Burkina Faso, the poorest country in the world, offering me an 40% share in their late father’s fortune, if I accept to have the money transferred into my bank account, I would be a very rich woman by now! And somehow these fathers have all tragically died in a (real – if you check it out) plane crash, leaving their oil fortune to their one and only, preferably widowed daughter.
You know, a Belgian journalist once reacted to one of these mails, just out of professional curiosity. During the whole process he was followed and secretly filmed by a television crew and the images and situations were really mind-blowing. The ‘widow’ never showed up, of course. Instead a ‘business man’ handled the affairs for her (ahum?). Well, the journalist was asked to pay a sum in advance, to show his honest intentions!!! I’ll spare you the details, but after several meetings with the so-called business man – which always took place in ‘safe’ public places, the journalist had to run for his life, when the adversary started having doubts about the ‘innocence’ of his opponent.
Only partly related to this subject is the new anti-virus software I bought yesterday. My former two-year license was about to expire. So in order to protect my computer against the latest viruses, I’ve bought the 2012 Bitdefender. I know you can get anti-virus for free from the internet, but I’m old-fashioned when it comes to the combination of security and ‘free’! I somehow feel they don’t go together. With my new anti-virus program I can sleep on both ears for the next two years. During that time I will get free updates daily and don’t need to worry about creepy germs infecting my computer.
Speaking of germs: the guy who sold me the software had a really bad cold. I'm not easily put off by that, but in this case it was really bad. So I made sure to handle the box with care and thoroughly washed my hands after removing the plastic wrapping.
P.S. If you have problems posting comments on my blog, please send me an email : email@example.com. If it really becomes a general problem stopping you from leaving a message, I may consider installing 'comment moderation' to make posting comments easier, although I'm against is because it really 'kills' the interaction.