09 July 2020

Fake info tech websites littering the internet

(an alleged author of an article in the spotlight)

Over the past few years there has been a dramatic increase in websites that appear to have technical information contained within them, but the information is misleading, false or deliberately inaccurate leading to other click bait websites.

So how do you spot these websites?

You can use your favourite search engine on a specific topic, where the resulting highly ranked allegedly tech website contains inaccurate information with a dubious author allegedly taking responsibility for the article.

For the purpose of this exercise, a topic within the smartphone community could be how to use secret codes that are used to obtain all sorts of information from your smartphone, where the result of such as search is shown within the screen capture below:

We then go to the highest ranking website, that being the one at the top of the list, as shown below:

Notice that the website‘s link contains a date, suggesting or even stating that the article was written/posted on the 21st of March 2018, whereas the date that the alleged author wrote that article appears to be on the 19th of February 2020.

Least but not least, that tech piece is apparently written by the person in the screen capture at the top of this post, where we will call it out to be fake.

No doubt that the picture is of a real man, but whether it's of 'Rohail', where most likely it could have been data mined, and what is stated is the real deal is highly doubtful.

Most of the so called codes that the author allegedly wrote do not work, where we would classify this information as false.

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