Question Of The Week
Question: "A friend of mine emailed me a petition the other day. I'm not going to mention what the petition was about except to say it was political in nature. My question is: is it worth my time to click the link in the email and go "sign" the petition?"
Answer: The first thing we have to say about this week's question is that computer users should be careful clicking any links in emails. Fake emails with manipulated links are the number one way malware is being spread and phishing attacks are being launched. So, our immediate advice is to be 100% sure that an email link is valid before you click on it.
That being said, the answer to the question regarding online petitions is: "No!" Email and online petitions are pretty much a waste of time. Why? Well, for a number of reasons.
1) You usually can't verify that the petition will really be delivered to the people or group that should be receiving it.
2) Even if the petition gets to the right party, they have no real way of verifying that the person who "signed" the petition really is that person.
In short, if you receive a request to fill out an email or online petition, just delete it!
If you want to read a more in-depth missive about petitions, why not visit our friends at Snopes.com by clicking HERE?