Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Feb 2010 12:29 UTC
Editorial Recently, a story about people mistaking a news story for the Facebook login page has received considerable media attention. It's currently being seen by many as justification for the recent trend in locking people out of their computers for their own protection - but anyone with even basic mathematical skills and a calculator should come to the conclusion that this story has been blown way out of proportion.
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by Heard on Wed 17th Feb 2010 16:55 UTC
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This way of visiting websites seems to be quite common. There recently was an article about people thinking that a german blog is their internet provider on the german news site spiegel.de (http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,677892,00.html). They even sent many cancelations of there contracts to the blog. (using mail, which isn't even legally binding here)

What most people seem to forget, though, is the existing feature of Firefox which allows you to type in terms in the address field, press enter and it goes to the first site google finds. So, in fact not all of these people even went to google themselves. I think that feature is dangerous for users that aren't very experienced.

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