Idiots' Guide to Highways Maintenance
VIRUS / SPAM
Every effort has been made to ensure that this website does not directly or indirectly propagate viruses or spam, and I would regard the actual website as fundamentally secure because it is looked after by my web host service provider.
However such is the expertise of those that would use independent websites, such as mine, as a means of propagating viruses and spam, I expect all users to secure their own PC's against attack by the use of appropriate software, that is kept up to date.
I have all possible protection on my machine including, anti virus protection, firewall, tracker removal, email washer, and they are all obtainable on the web for free (with donations to some if you feel like it) so you do not have to be unprotected, only lazy.
The more likely and dangerous means of receiving virus infections and spam is through your email.
I have become aware that somehow, I do not understand these things, emails are being sent to people, that I have never heard of, not even in my address book, with my email address on them, appearing to have been sent by me.
I have not sent these emails.
What I do understand is,
* My email address is not widely displayed on this website, only on pages where I think it appropriate, and only in an image (safe) format.
* I do not seek or encourage emails unless it is to point out some error (e.g. dead links to other websites) on this website.
* I reply to very few emails, and only those that have a clear unambiguous description to some topic included in the website.
* I do not send any unsolicited emails to individuals.
* I may infrequently send an email to a company or organisation for information, but it will have a clear and precise description in the header.
* It is unlikely that my website is being deliberately targeted, but it is possible to bring the website into disrepute.
However it is more likely to be the result of the general situation created by those who are attacking the internet generally, attempting to bring it to a grinding halt by just generating huge amounts of bogus email.
It is very, very unlikely you have received an email from me, so if it appears you do have an email from me just delete it without opening it, unless you are expecting one, and you are very, very confident in the protection you have installed on you PC.
Spam is less "dangerous" than virus propagation, is mostly annoying and time consuming, and often insulting.
If you have not tried an email washer yet, try one, you are able to view you emails while they are still with your ISP, and delete (and even bounce) those you do not wish to receive before downloading those that remain.
I personally have not placed any cookies on this website, and in principle you do not have to accept cookies to access my website.
However I do use the free service Google Analytics to obtain analytical information on the viewing characteristics of the pages on my website, therefore it is necessary to place a piece of Google tracking "code" on my web pages.
I place further Google "code" on my pages to allow the advertising boxes to be present.
The presence of Google "code" on my web pages allows Google to place cookies on my website to track browsing information, this cookie information is solely for Google, what they do with it I have no idea.
There are browsers, "Firefox"
is one, where you can block the access of cookies in your browsing if the
browser is set up correctly.
It is not a condition of access to the website "The Idiots' Guide to Highways Maintenance" that you accept cookies, as it is with many websites, and if you set up cookie blocking on your browser you will still be able to access my website, and you will know if you have successfully blocked the cookies because you will not see the Google advertising, and you will get a little warning to tell you that cookies have been blocked.
But be aware that if you set your browser up in this manner there will be many websites that you will not be able to access, because it is now a requirement to accept cookies before you will be able to access the website.