Did you get the LinkedIn spam about Strikingly?

I have received three exact emails from LinkedIn contacts about Strikingly in the last 24 hours. The message says this exactly with each message:

Hi,

I think you’ll like this useful tool I just found. It’s called Strikingly – it generates a beautiful personal website for you using your LinkedIn information. It takes only 5 seconds, and is free. I just got mine, and it’s super cool: http://linkedinname.strikingly.com/

If you have a min, you should definitely try it: http://in.strk.ly?uc=kvXHNTvdtVd

Let me know how you like it.

It is one thing to send a personal message to me based on something that I might enjoy, but these emails always are sent to a larger number of other users who are usually Lions (big LinkedIn net workers) themselves. It seems clear that this is a form message that is being sent by Strikingly. The first time I received this message I clicked on the subject and looked at the result webpage. It was ok. Nothing fantastic or couldn’t be done better with a little effort. In fact it would be perceived as a negative by an employer since the individual didn’t have to work to understand anything, just click on something to create it.

So in the past I have not marked things as spam because I didn’t want to hurt people who might be new to LinkedIn or not understand its social rules. I think that when it clearly is advertising and self-promotion that it crosses the line from being a resource to being a nuisance. What do you think?

Apartment scams phishing now

New York Apartment-Hunting Scams, Ranked – The Awl. This link discusses getting scam results on several different websites: Padmapper, Craigslist, Airbnb and Apartment finder. I experienced this myself when I applied for an apartment in the past from ApartmentFinder.

What happened was that I sent an email asking about the place and I never got a response. What I did get was apparently signed up to a spam list for a realty agent. I did not ask for that or want that. I just wanted to know what the apartment details where. It was below market price and “too good to be true”.

I guess that is the lesson isn’t it? That when something is too good to be true, it probably is. I stopped using Craigslist because the results were so mixed in with garbage. In time, you learn to avoid questionable sites on the Internet, and now I have to add these to the list. You really have to monitor your community or you just drive away your customers.

I should probably add that even major sites have no reason to trust them. Did you know that you can be served malware even on SSL or HTTPS trusted webpages? There are hacks that allow malware to be added at the hardware level, which means that it bypasses any software security settings. To me, using a Mac or Linux seems to be the safest way to protect yourself on the Internet.