Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Daily Mail on staying safe online

Surprisingly, it’s not a story about how (female) nipples are evil and will turn your children into rapists.  It’s about safe online banking and shopping..

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/bills/article-1585675/How-stay-safe-online-shopping-banking.html

My expectations weren’t high. Correctly, as it turns out.

I’d planned to do a point-by-point rebuttal (the best kind of rebuttal) but I’d be here all fucking day.  The article reads like it was written by a four-year-old who hasn’t quite grasped the concept of sentences or punctuation. Much of the advice is terrible; the suggestion to phone someone who is “good with computers” as a security countermeasure is particularly… well, I don’t know. Is it hilarious or terrifying?

The article contains no useful advice about how to bank or buy safely and its smug assertion that “We explain how you can protect yourself from online fraudsters” isn’t true. It’s deeply irresponsible, even for the Mail.

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