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Online work 'opportunity'....Security risk, maybe?


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#1 robby501

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 07:28 AM

I'd be really grateful for some input here.

 

I'll try to get straight down to it, but I am a beginner here, so please bear with me.

 

Think I need to give a brief paragraph about my background so you know why I am doing this....

Basically, I'm a forty-something single guy who lives alone with an elderly parent who is becoming very frail (although not ill as such) and I had to give up work in order to care for my parent in many aspects of day-to-day life. Basically, I need an income (as do we all, lol), so after doing a little research, I came across an opportunity that seemed ideal and NOT a scam (as 99% of them are!) to become a WEBSITE TESTER working for a company called E4S (employment for students).

 

I'm sure many members here will be familiar with what this entails....basically by providing verbal input via my own speech (into my pc microphone) to provide companies with input as to how easy it is to navigate their websites efficiently and access the features of those Sites for someone who has never visited it/them before. This is basically done to let companies know that new visitors will/are enjoying their browsing experience of their sites, thus making it more likely they will purchase products from them and not be tempted to go elsewhere due to experiencing difficulties navigating their site(s). This makes a lot of sense to me, HENCE why I presume it to be a legitimate way for me to try to make an income, albeit probably only a small one. I have had my fingers burned already with these 'overnight millionaire' schemes......never again! All I want is to make a small crust from home to get by.....too much to ask?? Surely not!

 

Well, here's the nitty-gritty...........

After doing the usual signing up with my email address and sending back a 'confirmation' email at their request (as is pretty much the norm when signing up to any site, it seems), it was requested that I sat a prelim-type test which would serve to satisfy the 'user-testing' company whether or not I was 'up-to-the-job' (so to speak!).....Fair enough! 

 

In order to sit this test, which they claim was going to be about 5 mins long, I had to download their voice-recording&screen recording software so that they (whoever 'they' are!) could see/hear me taking their test and be able to judge whether or not I was going to be a viable candidate to do future PAID tests, which they say THEY pay ME about £6 sterling for each 20 min test I get to participate in. Again....Fair enough. To me, it seems some kind of installation HAD to be put onto my pc in order for me to go through with this, so I did as instructed.

 

However, upon responding to their first instruction, which was a basic microphone test which basically asked me to click a 'yes' box in response to seeing a decibel meter moving on my screen (in response to my own voice input), it would not let me click on it (the 'yes' box)....giving me ONLY the option to click the 'no' box instead.

 

Now I am thinking.......

If they could see the decibel meter moving AS WELL AS hearing my voice, then why would they want me to confirm this by clicking on a 'yes' box on my screen? As I stated, I was UNABLE to continue the test due to the failure of the 'yes' button responding.

 

And obviously, now I am rather worried because their screen/audio-receiving software/program is now installed on my pc, however, my pc is still working fine and at NO POINT have I been asked to pay any money for anything! *EDIT*...just uninstalled this for the time being.

 

Sorry for such a long drawn-out story about this, but I feel it's only right to give as much detail as possible when requesting advice about a concern....at least from a beginner's point of view!

 

If anyone has the time and patience to give some input into this scenario and maybe check out the company's site to give an opinion on whether or not it's legitimate, I'd really appreciate it.

 

I can provide screenshots and links if necessary or appropriate.

 

Incidentally, if it is decided this is in the wrong forum and needs to be moved, please have no hesitation in doing so.

 

Many thanks!

 

Link to the site....http://www.e4s.co.uk/part-time-jobs/online-user-testing-jobs.htm

 

Link to screen-recorder download page....http://applicants.usertesting.com/applicants/662156/download

 

Screenshot of 'recording' page to follow (if requested)...........


Edited by robby501, 02 June 2015 - 07:55 AM.

Im a rookie and purely recreational pc user. Im utterly obsessed with security (even though I consider myself a safe and law-abiding internet user!) and run a combo of the following freeware security suites.....

Windows Defender/firewall

Regular scans with Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, JRT, HitmanPro

 

 

 


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 08:40 AM

Can you submit their voice recording software you installed to http://virustotal.com and report the VT link here? This way I can have a look at rhe software.

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Posted 02 June 2015 - 09:03 AM

Can you submit their voice recording software you installed to http://virustotal.com and report the VT link here? This way I can have a look at rhe software.

Ok thanks....because this is an 'opportunity' I am keen to follow up on, I will do as you suggest in the next 24 hours. I have to log off for the time being.

I have uninstalled this software for now due to my slight suspicion about it, but when I reinstall, I'll provide a copy to the link you stated.

 

Thanks again!


Im a rookie and purely recreational pc user. Im utterly obsessed with security (even though I consider myself a safe and law-abiding internet user!) and run a combo of the following freeware security suites.....

Windows Defender/firewall

Regular scans with Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, JRT, HitmanPro

 

 

 


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 02:27 PM

Can you submit their voice recording software you installed to http://virustotal.com and report the VT link here? This way I can have a look at rhe software.

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/322ddb843297e68c08a56f6856ebec8a9e7bf4ff19d1080ec0781577cd81c7e7/analysis/

 

Did as you asked (I think!) and the file appears to be clean!

Thanks for your time! 


Im a rookie and purely recreational pc user. Im utterly obsessed with security (even though I consider myself a safe and law-abiding internet user!) and run a combo of the following freeware security suites.....

Windows Defender/firewall

Regular scans with Malwarebytes, AdwCleaner, JRT, HitmanPro

 

 

 


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Posted 02 June 2015 - 03:04 PM

The file has a digital signature: signed by User Testing.

It was signed on 11 March 2015, and first submitted to VT one day later.

So we can already be sure that this is a file used by other testers, that it wasn't specific to you.


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