It's a sad disability affecting over 50% of Americans. All our lives are touched in some way by someone suffering this affliction.
The inability to not click 'flashy things' on the Internet. The inability to not click that, "You May Have Won!" email. The inability to not distinguish between Spam and Adware,...and legitimate links.
Do you or someone you know suffer from this affliction?
Is there help? Is there hope?
Here are some warning signs to see if you or someone you love suffers from Clickitus.
- They don't have MalwareBytes on their computer
- Or CCleaner
- Or Spybot S&D
- They use McAfee or something that borders on a virus,..as an anti-virus
- They routinely ask you to fix or look at their computer because it's acting, "funny."
- When at a party or BBQ and it's known you're, "Good with computers" they're the stranger that asks you to look at their computer.
It's a sad, common affliction. But it doesn't have to be that way.
The internet is wrought with peril and hidden alleys hiding in plain sight. It's up to the user to become savvy enough not to click on every freaking thing they see. Does it look like an Ad? Does it smell like an Ad? If you scroll all the way to the top of the 'MensHealth' page do you see 'ad' in tiny letters hiding all the way at the top?
Do you see something flashing and annoying? Saying 'Click to Win' or 'Punch the Monkey!' (remember that one?) ...don't click that stuff.
Nowadays with the plethora of Ad-Blocking extensions there's almost no excuse for some of this stuff even taking up your screen real-estate or bandwidth. Just kill it before it even displays.
A friend told me something weeks ago that really stuck, "There's two kinds of people in the world. Those who click on everything,..and those who Don't. Those who DO......usually have problems with their computer."
...I can't argue that because in my experience he's 100% right.
So I implore you if you find yourself having constant computer problems, to take a serious look at your browsing habits and ask yourself if you suffer from Clickitus.
lets see what we've learned....
Did you click one of them?
...that's a shame,..you have Clickitus. But it's not fatal,..there's hope.
Go back to the beginning of this post and read it again...and again..until you're cured.