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Imagine Life without the World Wide Web

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I was doing some research on-line to day then things went a bit weird. Every Google search came up with the words “This site may harm your computer”

At first I just thought it was because of one of the words I had used in my search – then I noticed websites like Amazon were also included in the sites that may harm my computer …. strange.

Than I thought I would test it on An Artists Garden blog – presumably pictures of flowers wouldn’t hurt my computer ….. it seems it would.

Concerned that my server was corrupted in some way, the next step was an urgent phone call to No1 son – my computer guru.

Fascinating – the same thing was happening for him (phew it wasn’t just Mother being stupid then)

After half an hour – Google had sorted itself out and using the search engine normally had returned.  Google had not broken the web, even though for 15 minutes it managed to flag the whole Internet as malware.

But imagine if there was no world wide web anymore

Edit / Update.  If you want to read Google’s explanation No1 Son had given me the link for it here

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10 responses

  1. Almost impossible to imagine that…
    We are now used to always use the Internet searching for information, for communication, for sending orders, paying bills and so on.
    We could never go back to “the good old days”. Imagine how volnureable we would be. Scary but truely worth considering.
    /Helen

    January 31, 2009 at 6:44 pm

  2. Here is google’s explanation:
    http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/this-site-may-harm-your-computer-on.html

    January 31, 2009 at 6:56 pm

  3. Thanks No1 Son – I will put the link into the post as well in case folk dont check the comments.
    Mum

    January 31, 2009 at 7:01 pm

  4. Dobby

    A sleepless night? I can think of no other reason, apart from jack hammers in the road again, for being up so early on a Saturday. Hope No 1 son was already up and about. I knew there was a reason I slept in today!

    January 31, 2009 at 10:39 pm

  5. Hmmm.. the timings in teh explanation were US time – it ran from 2.30 to 3.30pm UK time.

    January 31, 2009 at 11:54 pm

  6. I am glad that I read this – it happened to me yesterday and now I know what was going on !
    Thanks Karen 🙂

    February 1, 2009 at 8:44 am

  7. shirleyannesherris

    Perish the thought.
    When I saw your image I thought your blog had gone wrong – until I scrolled down!!!
    Cheers

    February 1, 2009 at 2:22 pm

  8. Shirley – no the blog is fine – I did wonder if should have cropped the blue scroll bar out of the picture 🙂

    Anna – glad that I enlightened you 🙂

    No1 Son – thanks for adding the time explanation.

    Dobby – The times you were looking at were PST – no we didn’t get up early 😉

    Helen – Thanks for leaving a comment – you are right – we have got so used to the WWW for running so many aspects of our lives.

    February 1, 2009 at 6:43 pm

  9. Dobby

    Oh dear, I do feel a bit daft now. That will teach me to read the small print!

    February 1, 2009 at 10:17 pm

  10. My first thought was that it’d be like going back in time. But I could move to a ranch in the desert an couple hours from here and have the same internet-deprived life. The first sounds like torture, the second like a vacation. I guess we’d all survive, but it’d take some getting used to!

    February 2, 2009 at 12:27 am

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