Smart Bro isn't Smart
Friday, April 24, 2009
Captain's Log Stardate -314309.69
Here's one very good reason not to get a Smart Bro internet connection.
Even with the occasional minor hiccups, I’ve always been happy with my SmartBro DSL connection at home, and I’ve always recommended the service to friends, colleagues, clients. But lately, this Internet company has been spamming their subscribers! Not via email, but in a way that’s much worse.
The image above is a screen-capture of an insidious Web page automatically loaded by SmartBro. There is no warning, and there is no opting out — the page just loads by itself as you browse the Web. It’s happened to me twice already, and it seems to be a once-a-month nuisance. The first time, I was just reading a friend’s blog, so it wasn’t such a big nuisance. But the following incident, I was editing one of my own blogs: so when I clicked on the save button inside my WordPress admin area, that despicable SmartBro page took over my browser!!
There is no way to proceed out of it, either. Are they not aware of what browser cookies are? Or about browser sessions?
What if I was in a shopping cart system, purchasing something online? What if I was withdrawing funds from PayPal, and that SmartBro page was loaded after clicking on a transaction button??
Smart Communications is supposed to be a 21st-century corporation, an Internet service provider for crying out loud! Don’t these people think? Don’t they realize the potential harm their intrusive marketing gimmicks can cause?
Smart Bro is owned by the same company who deactivated my Landline Plus Prepaid SIM for no apparent reason so this news doesn't surprise me at all. Really. Imagine, a landline that goes off whenever there's a power interruption and a DSL that is slower than dial-up. Only with PLDT guys... only with PLDT.
(Blogie Via Migs Mobile)
*Computer end log*
Labels: internet, security
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