A couple of days ago I posted on here, below, which had a poll in it.
Fair enough, it was a bit of nonsense, and only one person other than myself decided to vote (the opposite way to me, as it goes. It generally seems a bit weird to like my own posts – of course I bloody like it, otherwise it’d never have gone live! – but I have no problem voting in my own polls).
The post, fair enough, expressed my view, but I also used it as an opportunity to see how polls worked, in case I want to use them in the future. If you read the post, then you’ll have seen that I got that working fine, and that the resulrs, such as they are, did all appear by magic.
But I did find something quite sinister, so it is worth reading on.
I went to crowdsignal.com. I didn’t check, but from the look and feel, it seemed exactly like a WordPress site. It even accepted my WordPress credentials to log in. I went onto this site, created my free account, and created my poll.
In the process, I saw that CrowdSignal also offered a premium account. Paid-for, of course. First question: what’s the difference?
I saw that if I bought a premium account, one of the things it would buy me is the IP address of every voter. Now, whether we realise it or not, we all have an IP address. Every time we connect to the internet, our ISP hands us an IP address as part of the login process. If somebody views dodgy content on the internet, this is how the authorities will get them. It’ll require court orders and the like if the authorities want your ISP to divulge your identity, but the data trail is there, if anybody bothers to look for it.
So, the IP address basically identifies who we are. Not our names, but our computer. How far it goes, beyond that, will depend. But the buck doesn’t necessarily stop there.
So I guess what I am saying is just to be careful if you respond to one of these polls – they’re not necessarily as anonymous as you might think.
As I was browsing through my reader this morning, I saw a post from CARAMEL. In her post, she refers to Valentine’s Day.
Now, I’ve been married almost 21 years. In fact our anniversary is next month. See? I do remember it! That’s probably not long in comparison to a lot of you, but plenty long enough to have decided whether she’s a good’un or not*.
* most of the time 🙂
On the subject of Valentine’s Day, we both agree that we can’t be bothered. As with many festivals, it just seems like an excuse for somebody to try and sell us something. Wrap something in a pretty bow, claim it is for Valentine’s, then double the price. And, it’s probably something we never wanted in the first place!
But in saying that, I’m aware that I am the original Ebenezer Scrooge! (Okay, maybe not quite the original 🙂)…
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