The Dark Side of the Web  


It is undeniable that internet did so much for our civilization. Singapore will not be this progressive without the help of internet. Apart from industry applications, internet also made an impact in the education of Singaporeans. However, the accessibility to information gives other people the power to troll over our personal things easily. This is the reason why we have to look out for hackers that might steal our information.


We have to know about Dark Web. Dark Web specifically refers to sections of the internet that are normally inaccessible to its users without software that make users anonymous. The term was first heard after the Silk Road trial. The Silk Road trial convicted Ross Ulbricht for running an online narcotics store. It did not end there because there are plenty of places or stores on the Dark Web.

The good news is that Trustev (a fraud protection company) exist. The company seeks to help internet clients from getting ripped off of money and identity. Trustev observes and monitors activities within the Dark Web. Trustev identified different markets that sell illegal and bizarre things on the Dark Web. Here are some:


  • Credit card selling: There are sites that will ask us to input our credit card number. We have to be cautious when they ask this because most likely, they will steal it and sell it to other people. Sellers will trade credit cards for only $17 with $3,500 credit limit.
  • Netflix Lifetime Warranty: Sellers will pay for the Netflix account using stolen credit cards. The sellers will trade the lifetime warranty for only $1.
  • Online lottery: In an online lottery, there’s official and there’s illegal. We will know if it is illegal if you do not need to pay taxes when you win. The clients will simply buy bitcoin tickets and wait for the draw.
  • Fake degrees: There are people who offer a diploma for whatever school the client is interested in. If the client wants to have a degree in any Ivy League school, for sure there are people who can give it to them for a price. A diploma costs $425.
  • Stolen Uber accounts: Uber is a popular application which allows customers to submit a trip request for taxi drivers. There are people who hacks Uber accounts and sell it for only $15 in the Dark Web.

People are really getting creative these days. It is difficult for other people to live an honest life because of different circumstances. If we do not want to be victims of their modus, we have to be careful of the information we give.


Internet Explorer Bids Adieu  


Internet Explorer (abbreviated IE) is a web browser developed by Microsoft which is part of Microsoft Windows line of operating system. It started on August 16, 1995. In its heyday, IE is one of the world’s most widely used browser way back 2002 and 2003. However, its market share declined because of the launching of Firefox in 2004 and Google Chrome in 2008.


Internet Explorer did not sustain its market share that is why Microsoft is hinting that the brand will go away soon. What are some details about IE’s going away? Here are some:

  • Microsoft‘s confirmation: Recently, Microsoft has announced and confirmed that they will use a fresh brand for their upcoming browser. There is no name yet but it is codenamed Project Spartan. This was confirmed by Chris Capossela, Microsoft’s Marketing Chief on March 16, 2015 at the Microsoft Convergence.


  • Will IE stay? The new name and brand of the browser will be included in the Windows 10 operating system. IE will still exist in selected versions of Windows 10. However, Project Spartan will be called separately and it will be the main way for users of Windows 10 to access the web.
  • What will be the new name? Web users are intrigued because Microsoft did not release the name. Instead, they only released the codename. This is because Microsoft is still testing names with the help of market research. There are no details when the name will be revealed.

The renaming and rebranding of IE is a clever step of Microsoft to make money in the future. The company is fortifying their position in the market with the help of social media. They also want to improve the brand perception so that people will love and welcome it.