I will be honest, i sit on the fence on the Myspace topic. I am a member of Myspace, mainly because it allowed me the chance to get in touch with old friends. I do not use it for music (except when listening to friends bands)or pictures or video, just a quick message now and again to friends, and i also know quite a few bands on there who i keep in touch with.So, i do not click on any advertisment links, nor do i go looking for ways to 'Pimp' my page, or click on links in bulletins telling me that if i do, and answer 10 questions, then i will get a pretty new picture on my page telling me what kind of 'Friend' or 'Lover' or 'Monster' i am,etc! YES, i do know i can contact friends through normal email, but i know for a fact that most check Myspace everyday, where as there emails, twice a week or so.
Im not here to slaughter Myspace, nor am i here to defend it either.
In a real world, Myspace would be a clean site, free from Malware and more importantly, safe for children to use. I do feel, that children should not be using sites like Myspace for a number of reasons, mainly, attacking, in all senses of the word. There are too many dangerous people out there prying on the young, which Myspace can only help contribute towards it. I know that children may read this, but i don't say this to be annoying, believe me. I say it as an adult who knows that its not really safe for you to go on. I don't even just mean in terms of the people on there, but the amount of malware you can be affecting your machine with.
In the link to quietman7s post, there was a post from ussr1943 who quoted from a reply in reference to the Daily Mail article,
This, i'm sad to say, is totally true, which leads me onto this quote from that same site in which a reply was given in response to what the article had stated. It read as follows,
90% of people who use it don't know the first thing about computers
Myspace is a great site to meet up with your old friends from high school. I have gotten in touch with so many people that I haven't seen in years. All these people who think it's so bad, need to take a step forward and quit living in the 70s.
Whenever you try to help (and thats the issue here, actually trying to help) anyone who goes to sites like Myspace and inform them of all the virus and spyware that can be found there, they just don't want to know, infact they get rather defensive, about something they know nothing about.
I've tried time and again to inform them that i'm not saying these things to p**s them off, i'm saying it because its true, but they just don't listen. All the response you get is like that above. Awkward and them not quite happy at you for offending there beloved site. Its a fact that 5% of internet traffic is related to Myspace in one way or another.
All these people who think it's so bad, need to take a step forward and quit living in the 70s.
Well, thats just the point really. Yes, we are living in an age now where alot of or time is involved using a PC online in some way, so i see his point a little. But just as easy as it is to agree with you, its even easier to argue. With us now living in a computer age, then it makes it even easier than it did in the 70's my friend to find information out about someone and use it against them, weather it be a paedofile, a hacker or an online thief.
I actually posted the Daily Mail article onto the Myspace bulletin section, and instantly i received a reply from someone i know who said and i quote
Then i received another reply off someone else which was to sum it up, anal!
Use firefox, problem solved, its all a load of crap, dont worry about it
It still surprises me, just how ignorant most people are in there attitude to Cyber crime and there prevention to it. Around 80% of people i personally know who have a computer, have no form of anti-spyware software on there system. They thoroughly believe that an anti-virus is all that is needed. It really does not matter how many times i tell them, they don't want to know, and I've even known some to argue saying they have not got any infections as there anti-virus scan comes up clean so they know they don't need anti-spyware tools.
Now i know I've contradicted myself here. I use Myspace now and again, but i also know the crap that can be waiting for you on there. I do have a little more defense than most that go on there, but still i am aware. I guess my point is this. If you are going to use a site like MySpace, then use it wisely and sensibly. Yes it would look nice to have a great looking page or contact box, but just keep it basic. Yes, i use MySpace, but not everyday and for not long periods of time, like most.
Edited by graveangel, 19 August 2006 - 03:01 PM.