Not a day goes by you can’t find another news article about compromised websites that can be dangerous to you as a reader-browser of the internet. Our page explaining our security measures is here, but we figured it would be a good to put a blog post up so anyone can ask a question about our website safety, or leave comments and suggestions. (Once or twice a year we’ll bring this post up to the homepage, and we’ll link to it from various locations.)
Essentially, we are doing everything within our power and budget to make WildSnow a safe place to land your browser. Every time a comment is made, it is scanned for bad links. The website is scanned for threats every day. All our advertising banners are served up by Google, they scan every advertiser’s links for threats and will shut down advertiser accounts if they ID something nefarious (they have caught a few). Our webserver is fire-walled and country-blocked to the max, and we run real-time software that constantly adjusts for new threats or suspicious activity.
In case you’ve not paid attention to the constant news of how insecure the internet is, know you have a right to be paranoid. It is open season out there. Hackers who commit crimes such as data theft or destroying your computer are rarely caught, let alone punished. This is the millenium version of the wild west. In a lawless land you have to carry and use your own weapons. Rest assured we are doing so here, and be certain you are doing so on your own computers and phones (running anti-virus software, being cautious while browsing, etc.)
Again, for a full overview of our security measures — as well as useful tips for things you do to “weaponize” yourself in the face of the wild west internet — please visit our security page.
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