Do you want to make a lot of money quick? Set up a phishing site (most of them can be made overnight with easy-to-use, affordable tools) then just send AOLers email asking them to “visit AOL” to update their accounts. That’s all. You’ll probably be rich in a week.
That’s right, I’m suggesting you steal. AOL won’t stop you just because I’m pointing out how easy it is to do. AOL ignores most phishing on their email servers even when Marcus of Singing Fish complains about it (as I mentioned in AOL Now the Largest Free Proxy Site in the World), even when other bloggers bring it up, even when Big Media is all over it in droves. Wanna steal from them? Go for it. I’ll even show you how it’s done.
With this post I’m beginning an ongoing series of questions and answers from my readers. This week’s first question is from Melissa (and ladylynx would also like an answer).
“Hey. It’s been bugging me for a while. How do I uninstall AOL’s uninstaller?”
As mentioned in Why You Want to Uninstall AIM Now, AIM can be very unsafe, especially in light of the latest weakness found by Core Security researchers. It’s best to uninstall it and use something safer.
Messengers that I like are Pidgin (formerly known as GAIM), Trillian, and the latest version of MSN Messenger, which really kicks butt.
What follows is how to uninstall AIM versions 6.1, 6.5 and 6.8.
Any hacker in the world can use your AIM messenger to do a lot more than send you messages.
According to ZDNet blog writer Ryan Nariane: The attack scenario works without the target clicking on a link and only requires that the AIM user is logged on and accepting incoming messages.
Among the news AOL blitzed the media with last week is that they have started a new photo-sharing site, BlueString, that’s supposed to knock Photobucket flat on it’s ass. The theme on Anti-AOL recently is “Yawn, boring,” and this is just more of the same.
I’m heartened to learn AOL is moving their headquarters next spring from Dulles Virginia, where they’ve been situated since 1985, to NY City, since I won’t be there.
The new location is a place I missed working at by just a hair some years ago: 770 Broadway, a floor above a company I almost transferred to about 12 years ago. I lived on Long Island at the time surrounded by farms and fields, and I liked the scenery, so I turned the move down, and wound up leaving New York, anyway. Now if I move back I know where not to uh…shop.
AOL’s air-brained Randy Falco claims moving to NY will send:
As reported in Silicon Alley Insider this week, Richard Greenfield, Managing Director of media investments for Pali Research, a fairly new addition to the brokerage firm Pali Capital, has some tough questions for Time Warner, making SAI writer Peter Kafka remark that “for understandable reasons, [they] are presumably no longer speaking to him”.
His toughest questions are for AOL, but his blog requires that you sign up with a corporate email address to read them. After I complained about it on the SAI blog, the requirement for a corporate email address was temporarily lifted, allowing me to create an account and copy Mr. Greenfield’s post for my personal records, but according to my email with him today, the corporate email address requirement is again in effect.
AOL stopped sending discs out to everyone in mid-2006…everyone, that is, except me. It’s probably a test to see who I am: “She’s the only person we’ll send this disc to; if she writes about it like she did the other one…bingo.”
Well, I always thought AOL knew who I was, anyway.
They don’t use the all-time-greatest-hits hard plastic case anymore; now it’s in a tiny, neutrally-tinted, yawn-inducing clear plastic sleeve. There’s no version number on the outside, either. It’s a surprise! You must open it to find out! This was just as exciting as peaking under the tree on Christmas Eve. So I popped the disc into my computer (the disc doesn’t have the version number on it, either! It really is a surprise) and AOL’s underwhelming software began walking me through one sign-up window after another.
I’ve had quite a few emails and comments asking me where AOL’s call centers are located, if they’re outsourced, or if they’re all in India. It seems like they are, but today’s AP news clears that question up.
For the record, AOL closed their US call centers earlier this year after laying off 5,000 people to focus on selling advertising instead of helping you troubleshoot or cancel your AOL account. Wasn’t that nice of them?
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When Jason Calacanis (former GM of Netscape who morphed it into a social news site last summer) quit AOL, I wrote about how I hoped that in his wake AOL would change Netscape back into what it was: a halfway decent (if low-brow) portal. Breaking news announces that they’ll finally do just that next week. From the AP article (9-22-2207: it’s now deleted):