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Some days I could just cry.
I get a LOT of questions submitted to Ask Leo either in the form of comments on specific articles, or as questions submitted using the ask-a-question form. Many more questions every day than I could ever hope to answer. But I do read them all.
And reading them all is getting really depressing.
I estimate that somewhere between a quarter and a half of all questions asked are attempts to deceive, steal, hack or hide from the repercussions of questionable activity.
Not a day goes by that I don't get a ton of "please recover my password" requests. Some may be legit I suppose, but many are blatant or poorly-disguised attempts to get me to supply a password into someone else's account.
Not a day goes by that I don't get stories of accounts actually being hacked, and vicious email or IM's being sent to everyone in the hacked account's address book.
Not a day goes by that I don't get a request from someone attempting to recover an instant messaging conversation. Sometimes it's their own, but more often than not they're quite up front about wanting to hack into a girlfriend's, boyfriend's or spouse's IM history because they suspect that they're being cheated on.
I've spoken about IP tracing before as well. Another all-to-frequent request is a variation of "can I track down this person by their IP address", or its counterpart, "can I be traced by my IP address". In either case, you know there's something going on.
And the one that still causes my jaw to drop every time I get it is the repeated request for software activation codes. Apparently some folks think that activating software illegally is there for the asking, and I'll dole it out.
Some are blatant, some are poorly veiled attempts to deceive me, and others look very, very legitimate. Some are adults but many are kids with more time than honesty.
But so many are just so ... wrong. And no, I don't answer them.
There are just so many people trying to do so much that's unethical, I sometimes despair for internet, and even humanity, for what it all represents.
Some days I could just cry.
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