Beware fake ads!
An ad for "Bitcoin loophole" appeared in my French lesson on duo app. Purported to be from ABC. THIS IS A FAKE! DUOLINGO SHOULD REMOVE THIS AD
good advice, but duolingo should be aware of the ads they're putting on their page/pages. i do acknowledge the multitude of scams and viruses on the internet, and your recommendation is the best option.
i love looking at other people's languages and streaks and looking at mine ;v;
yeah. i think my streak is amazing and then i see 1000+ streaks and my mind is blown.
use what ever search engine you please. I am not the BBC, I don't have to say "other products are available" when ever I mention a brand :D
Also can you elaborate on "give it (google) the very information that the ads are paying for"? cause if I click on an ad for some loop hole scam bitcoin fraud and give them my credit card details or what ever, how does that give the information to google that the ads are paying for?
you mean the ads are paying me for my information? the ads are paying duolingo? google is paying duolingo? I am a little confused by your wording.
If you use Google to search for the products you want, you supply Google with ever-increasing data on your commercial proclivities which its selling-point amongst advertisers, fraudulent or not. You are feeding the very system you were complaining about: clicking an ad gives Google money; searching for the content of an ad gives Google the valuable information that enables it to run its ad business in the first place.
I was merely suggesting a few search engines that won't steal your information in this way; my apologies if you have misinterpreted this.
I ain't got an issue with google making money here, I thought I was pretty clear about not clicking an because they are untrustworthy and take you to weird places.
ads in my experience are scams or just suspicious sites. like buying a blueray from a market stall, buyer beware. Why risk clicking an ad when it takes 2 seconds to google (or to use your desired search engine) and make sure you are on the real website.
When you said don't click on ads, who does that? , I thought to myself I certainly don't, mainly because I don't want Google harvesting my browsing data and keeping it in perpetuity, and I am certainly not unique in being concerned about this.
However, if you are happy for Google to collect your data in this way then that is your prerogative and we have our wires crossed. No harm done.
What you say about untrustworthy ads is also very true, although it is a secondary concern in my book, as having decent security will generally stop a shady website from doing any harm to your computer. However, it is the information you give Google in the first place that allows untrustworthy advertisers to target you, as Google's system for filtering out such ads is very unsatisfactory (and Google is obviously not very motivated to change something that makes it even more money if it can help it).
Dude, if you have to watch ads to use the app, you are paying for it. Think about it.
You don't have to act like you misunderstood what he said. When he said free, he clearly meant in terms of money. But if you want to be technical about things, yes, it's technically not free since you have to see ads to use the service.
Did it give you the exchange rate? I was thinking of exchanging some of my lingots in to Bitcoin.
Ian. Ha ha! ...I was ssoooo angry about the bitcoin thing, I misread you. My sincere humbles! Hmm, now that is a great idea. We could promise them a whole new currency that would make them lingotaires, they'd eventually realise and hooray, a great big gotcha. A lingot to start you off....
I have just spent 2 hours trying to get my head round the Spanish 'Subjunctive' and needed a 'light' moment. Yep, agree with you....Buyer Beware Bitcoin!!
Ian. I feel your pain. The italian subjunctive is also quite an adventure. Ciao ...
Anything containing either of the words 'bitcoin' or 'loophole' is highly unlikely to be something worth spending money on. If I found a 'bitcoin loophole' that somehow miraculously gave me money for nothing I'd hardly pay money to publicise it on the internet.
Anyone trying to sell you information on how to get rich is clearly not rich himself, else he'd have no need to try to do so, and thus his information is worthless. This is Common Sense 101, which I am sure all Duolingoers would pass; the fraudster is wasting his money.
actually my uncle lost nearly a million pounds because his dementia first evidenced itself as a misunderstanding of risk. His pension and lifetime savings. Common sense is time limited sometimes. Fraud is serious.
I am sorry to hear about your uncle, but it is not possible to make everything dementia-proof, by the very nature of the condition.
A misunderstanding of risk could also manifest itself as stepping out in front of traffic when crossing the road, but we do not redesign the road system in order to cater for people whose faculties might be invisibly deteriorating. There are a million and one other ways in which a dementia-sufferer could come to harm in the modern world; that is not a reason to try to remove every possibly, but one to give proper care to dementia-sufferers.
Dementia is a horrible disease, but the existence of this horrible disease should not normalise people who are not entirely themselves: it should be a reason for trying to cure/prevent the disease.
Garpike, amazingly people still get caught up in it. Fraud sites are excellent for keeping up with the latest con. Evidently I've been in a huge car crash, number plate quoted, anonymous on-line chap offered to help. Oh pur-lease!! No thanks. Bye for now ...
Yes, the Bitcoin con has caused unbelievable pain to many. One of the main criminals has been jailed but undoubtedly there are more. A lingot for this excellent warning! I think you should send an official Report a Bug complaint form to Duo.
I never ever use ads to link to the product. If the product is something I need, I'll go direct to their site.
Websites most often have no control over ads.
A quick example is the anti-gay ads that plagued LGBT YouTuber's channels during Pride Month last year.
The easiest solution? Don't click an ad.
The ads are all suspicious or pointless. For some reason, I only see ads for jobs in children playgroups, IQ tests and ads aimed at older Duolingo users. I don’t know why these are recommended, they don’t apply to me at all. The app ones are worse, and occasionally rather inappropriate, which disgusts me. However, they seem to have removed those now.
I've found that the websites that beg you the most to turn off your adblocker, are the ones that need it the most. If you are begging people to watch your ads, then you have a moral obligation to actually make sure they are clean and virus free.
Either you're new to the Internet or you're naive, but clicking on every ad you see is a surefire way to turn any laptop from a very nice new model to a steaming pile of crap.
Don't click on any ads, dummy.
Also, Duolingo doesn't get to decide what ads it displays.