Internet is one of the coolest inventions by mankind. It’s a great place to be at, full of awesome services and resources. But just like we have bad people in real world, there are culprits present at the labyrinth of your internet browser too. Not everything you see there is real. If it looks to too good to be true, then it probably isn’t. We have complied a list of such lies, so next time when you come across any of them, you will know how you are supposed to deal with it.

Who viewed your Facebook profile?


You may have seen posts by your friends that they used an app which helped them reveal the people who recently viewed their profiles. Sounds cool, right? Sadly, that isn’t what that app does. What actually happens is, they click on some spam link and that app retrieves their personal information, and instead of revealing who viewed their profile, it permeates newsfeed of all his friends.

Facebook has stated this in their help section that it doesn’t allow you to track who viewed your profile, and no 3rd party app can make it happen either.

facebook statement on profile views

To safeguard from this, you could have a good-antivirus that provides internet security as well . AVG Internet Security is a smart choice. Other than that, you can use Bitdefender Safego, it helps you detect the scams.

Disingenuous Download buttons

Fake download buttons

Sometimes it becomes almost impossible for us to distinguish between what’s real and what’s not. For instance, if you visit any free software download portal, you are very likely to get confused finding the real download button and might as well end up clicking on an advert disguised as a download button.

Almost every time these adverts will install toolbars, spywares and other deleterious things which for sure if nothing will slow down your computer. Things become even more hurly-burly if you make such mistakes on free file sharing websites including torrent search engines.

The desperate measure to prevent such things from happening is to hover your mouse to the download button, and check for its link at the right bottom of your browser. Alternatively you can right click on that button and copy its link address and paste it on a notepad or some other editor and analyze it. If you don’t find that link trustworthy, do not proceed. You can also Google for it to check what others have to say about it.

Another counter measure is to install an Ad-blocking app in your browser. But again, it is not full-proof and feels morally wrong as well.

Free things that aren’t usually free

Very often you will spot a service giving away free gifts such as business cards, or some free app or free membership, or 100% discount on buying their product or some magazines etc. So, is it a hot deal or are you being crooked again?

Well, first of all, a startup company can almost never give you stuff for free, else how would they manage to run their company? Secondly, they trick you to buy their stuff, like to avail the 100% discount you have to buy some other stuff, to get their business card, you have to pay the delivery charges and some unknown fee. This kind of discount only makes sense if a reputed website is trying to attract more users, in which case, you can sure try your luck, else you should absolutely say no it.

Free iPhones and iPads


Yeah, right! Who would mind bringing home a new iPhone for free or a paltry sum of $100. But to have it you have to abide by their rules, you will have to like their Facebook page, tweet with their hashtags, share it on all you social network, or in other words, bug all your friends, spam their newsfeed, and of course, even you know you are not getting that iPhone. So why bother about it at first place?

Fake reviews

Fake reviews

While buying a product, any extra reference comes useful to us. We look at the comment section and if the product has got fair amount of good reviews it increases the odd of us buying that product. We did a story where we explained how fake reviews have started blooming at e-commerce websites. By the way, not all the comments are fake, some of them are really reasonable. You should first read its review from trustworthy sources and then use those comments as an extra reference.

Trust me, you are not the 100,000th visitor

winner on visiting a website

When I was kid and new to the internet, I used to go happy dance every time I was told that I am the 100,000th visitor to their website. But soon I realized that this is some sort of joke (Because, I was winning every week, and sadly never received any delivery). Just ignore it and invest your time on something else, I am pretty sure you don’t need to be “lucky” to buy an iPad.

Noteworthy mention

Heard about the Nigeria 419 scam? Nigerian prince wants to donate a huge amount of money to the charity and in this process they need your help, and as a token of thanks they will give you substantial sum of it as well. Yeah, well, don’t waste your time on it either.


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Manish is pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Engineering but spends more time in writing about technology. He has written for a number of Indian and international publications including BetaNews, BGR India, WinBeta, MakeTechEasier, MediaNama, and Digit magazine among others. When not writing, you would find him ranting about the state of digital journalism on Twitter.