I've been quoted by The Register and spywaresucks is the 3rd most visited blog on msmvps.com
I found out today that my blog entry about the problems with HP Director and IE7 is currently the 3rd most commonly visited page at msmvps.com - amazing. The only blogs visited more often are Chrisl and Coad.
My HP article is not only an often visited article, it also attracted more reader comments than any other article that I have written, and would have attracted even more if comments were not automatically barred after 60 days:
I also found out today that I have been quoted by The Register:
""I have said this many times, but I strongly recommend that MySpace be blocked on your networks," writes Sandi Hardmeier, a consultant under Microsoft's most valuable professional program, on her blog. "Don't let your kids go there. Don't let your employees go there. It simply isn't safe."
Pot, meet kettle, perhaps."
The blog entry they have taken the quote from is this one:
Let's not forget that it was The Register, and Temerc, that first drew the MySpace problem to my attention. Temerc has posted about the problem on dozens of forums, including his own:
I have now tweaked my home network now so that I can access MySpace, while still preventing anybody else on the network from getting there, so that I can keep an eye on things.
Mike Burgess of MVP Hosts File fame, advised that MySpace adverts are served up from delb.myspace.com (188.8.131.52), which redirects to Right Media (ad.yieldmanager.com). Whois Results for www.yieldmanager.com
I'll be honest - I still think it is time to go after Right Media; they are further up the distribution chain than MySpace, ActiveWin and the Messenger Plus! sponsor program, all of which I have personally seen being used as a conduit to get Winfixer aka Drivecleaner aka Errorsafe on to victims' computers. The FTC went after Zango, and I can see no reason why they could not go after Right Media as well.
That being said, it is extremely important to keep the pressure on MySpace to clean up its act. With its "119.5bn ad impressions in Q4" (source: The Register) (which I calculate to be 1,327,777,777.78 ad impressions per day, at 90 days per quarter) it presents a risk to potentially millions more people than the Messenger Plus! sponsor program ever did (the latest statistics posted by Patchou reveal that Messenger Plus! is being installed roughly 230,000 times per day and has 14 million activer users) and, unlike CiD, MySpace doesn't have the option of editing its users' HOSTS file in an attempt to protect visitors from risk.
I am sure that, if they could be convinced to take such a step, a threat by MySpace to take their business elsewhere would be more than enough to encourage Right Media to clean up their act. Add to that convincing Circle Distribution (CiD - the provider of the Messenger Plus! Sponsor Program) and other high volume clients to do the same thing, and negative press from the anti-spyware community, and we may just be able to make a difference.
www.yieldmanager.com redirects to https://my.yieldmanager.com/ which is a Right Media log-in page.