SiteAdvisor: Are Smileys Safe?

Over the last few months, we’ve heard from a lot of parents who ask us how spyware and adware end up on their family computer. A typical lament: “I just go to Amazon and Citibank, so why am I seeing pop-ups for Adult Friend Finder?” Parents, we have an answer – your teenager.

One of the benefits of testing so much of the Web is that we’ve developed a good sense of where the bad guys concentrate. And smiley sites are one of those dark alleys. For those of you who don’t know, smileys (aka emoticons) are graphic punctuation marks that people use to add emotion to their text communications, whether IM (Instant Messaging), SMS (mobile phone texting) or plain old e-mail. Now, who does the most IM’ing in your house? Yup, it’s your teen. What follows are five smiley sites that will leave you and your computer frowning. But first, a little background. SiteAdvisor blog: Are Smileys Safe?

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 18th May 2006 9:55PM