I spend a lot of time on Internet, mainly on Facebook, IRC and Skype. On days off I can spend 10+ hours at it. I like a lot to be
"close" to my
Internet friends world-wide and chat with them.
During the years, my number of contacts/friends around the world has
increased a lot. Thanks to the Internet it happened even faster than before and,
now-a-days, I have many friends some of which in important positions.
I also enjoy a lot searching for updates of the software I like or use
and be up-to-date with the software, hardware and news
relating both and also relating other subjects.
Internet is a dangerous place though. When I was a newbie and
dial-up modem, I was nuked several times and also got
infected with trojans sent to me by persons from IRC claiming to be films or
other things. I was also target of identify theft.
I learned the hard way about the evil people
out there wanting to ruin the others' lives.
I have been disappointed with IRC since it no longer is what it used to be.
Now-a-days most people have broad band connections and are connected 24
hours a day and just idle there. The IRC channels seem ghost rooms. No one
talks and only lamers are active saying or doing stupid things… it is
Many years ago I learned about spyware, adware, malware, spam and phishing, after having problems. The more time going by, the
more unsafe I felt about Internet. Internet is indeed a dangerous
place since almost everyone can have access to it which means all kind of
persons get in and try to hurt and take advantage of other persons.
Spam is generated in many ways. There are web crawlers which are programs
that search the Internet for e-mail addresses and generate a list with them
which is used by spammers. Also, people infected with spyware will make the
malicious programs spam the persons in the address book of their e-mail
clients or in the pages visited by the infected people. Also, chain letters
which are forwarded with the e-mails of the senders in the body, or the whole
destination e-mail addresses visible, will end up in someone along the way collecting the e-mails and later spam. Some malicious programs even log
everything one types (keyloggers) and send the logs to criminals.
Phishing is an attempt by criminals to try to get personal information about
you (like real name, credit card
numbers, addresses, usernames and passwords) which can
be used later for fraudulent purposes like identity theft. This is achieved
through e-mails pretending to be from real companies, websites, financial
institutions, etc. but they link to other sites owned by the scammers. Some
sites may even infect your computer with viruses and alike.
There are also criminals out there waiting for known domains to expire so
that they can register them, and add adverts or other bad things to the
sites. I have noticed this happening with lots of sites which used to
belong to friends of mine in the past.
Botnets are 100s or 1000s of
compromised computers ("Zombie Computers") controlled
by criminals in order to attack other systems. In such a scenario it is
almost impossible to track the IP of the criminals since the IPs
in the attacks are the ones of the compromised computers. There are also
criminals selling "packs" of
homepage's guestbook was attacked by nasty persons who flooded
it and flamed me. I had an old guestbook which was flooded a lot and,
because it had a limited number of entries, the older entries got lost.
After that I asked my friend Robert Bergström to create a guestbook and, after several
improvements, it became the guestbook I currently
use. In January 2012 I got a fresh guestbook based on the
previous one with some enhancements. I never forced anyone to read my
A funny thing happened on IRC on 22.May.2006:
a friend from PTnet whose nick is ugly_gypsy_ noticed that my real name, "Marco",
was in sequence with my IRC nick, "Master_of_Chaos",
like I am showing here: (M) (a) s t e (r) _ o
f _ (C) h a (o) s . It is really strange and
funny… I keep getting surprised now-and-then.
On 13.Oct.2009 I was banned from an IRC channel
on DALnet because a channel operator claimed that I was a BOT. He
said I typed too fast to be human. This is so silly! I have been a DALnet
regular for over 10 years and I am treated like dirt? I had to add this
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