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Look before you paste
« on: February 04, 2017, 12:50:24 am »
http://lifepluslinux.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/look-before-you-paste-from-website-to.html

Hi All,

I am sooooooooooo guilty of this but will be more careful from now on.

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Re: Look before you paste
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2017, 08:00:32 am »
Good tip there Zeb :)

Pasting commands gleaned from the WEB PAGES into a text editor before running them will reveal any hidden code.

I must add though that there is no way for a user to post code like that on the Peppermint forum for two reasons

a) the forum doesn't accept html
b) the forum doesn't accept a font size of 0

But it's certainly good advice when copy/pasting from unknown websites when you don't know if the website author can be trusted.
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Re: Look before you paste
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2017, 11:48:54 am »
There are all sorts of tricks.  Doesn't matter how much you warn the sheep about wolves, they'll do what they want.  That's what sheepdogs are for ...

When I was running sites on dial-up, before Al Gore invented the internet, I'd pre-load the 'next page' on the 'previous page' by making the 'next page' 1 x 1 px. and put it at the bottom of the 'previous' page. 

Users never saw the 1 x 1 px. page at the bottom of the normal size previous page.  All they had to do is look at the source code.  Hello ?!?!? 

How many sheep are going to do that?  They just marveled at how fast my sites were.  They didn't realize that the next page was being quietly buffered to their cache in the background in advance.

Mind you, this wasn't malicious in any form or fashion, just sneaky.  But, it's all too easy to turn good intentions into mischief, when you're dealing with unsuspecting fools.

Best way to protect yourself is to setup a honeypot on your machine and troll the perps, like you do with web servers.  It's great sport, but I digress ...

BTW, for shiggles I hid a 480 x 360 px. pic, with a solid black background,  in this post.  Can you find it ?

It's NOT a malicious act, but could just as easily have been child porn and got you arrested and/or fired from your job, et cetera.

Just saying ..   8)
« Last Edit: February 04, 2017, 12:32:14 pm by VinDSL, Reason: Addendum »

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Re: Look before you paste
« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2017, 12:40:33 pm »
Damn Son

Don't think I will ever find it  :-\

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Re: Look before you paste
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2017, 12:55:13 pm »
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Re: Look before you paste
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2017, 12:58:07 pm »
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Re: Look before you paste
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2017, 01:47:15 pm »
Subtlety isn't one of Mac's traits; nor Mark's; nor myself.

Birds of a feather, I guess ...  LoL !   :D

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Re: Look before you paste
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2017, 04:01:05 pm »
Damn beat me to it .. the first of your 3 dots :)
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Re: Look before you paste
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2017, 04:06:12 pm »
Damn beat me to it .. the first of your 3 dots :)

Yup !

If you zoom the window to +500% you can see it's a rectangle, not a dot, but yeah.   

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Re: Look before you paste
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2017, 04:46:46 pm »
Spoiler Alert  :D
I tried to be a little more subtle

Subtlety isn't one of Mac's traits; nor Mark's; nor myself.

D_ _ _ Son, I thought that was the point.  Imagine that.  Anyway...

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