Life On and Off an Acreage

In-sights into moving from an Acreage back to Town, plus a few things I find of interest.

Two things that horses are scared about:

1. Things that move
2. Things that don't move

December 26, 2012

Zorpia...Be Careful!

This has come in from Britain via an email, I think. Be careful, as it appears to have multiplied out to all my blogs. Do not open or it will likely do the same to all your contact lists! Very difficult to get rid of. Thanks to Mary Jane for  this warning.

Zorpia is social networking service, popular in India and China, that uses spamming, scamming and phishing to recruit users.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8] It was founded by Jeffrey Ng in December 2003 and is operated by Zorpia Co. Ltd. The company is based in Hong Kong and has 30 employees.[9]
Zorpia is infamous for sending repetitive "private messages" to people who are not users, referring to fake senders who never have sent any message, "inviting" people to read those "messages" by joining Zorpia by providing their private data.[2][3][4] The site metric data (like the number of users) never has been verified by external parties and it has been suggested that the site is using phishing techniques to gather private user data.[2][5][6] People have been reporting that the account deletion requests are not honoured and their data is continuously used for outbound invitations, and their - supposedly deleted - photographs being shared with others.
Zorpia is one of the few ICP-licensed international social networking services operators in mainland China where it operates the site[10] Zorpia's primary features are photo album, online journal, social networking, customized homepage, comment system, and discussion forum. Users are at least 16 years old.[11] Alexa Internet ranks Zorpia among the 6,000 most frequently visited websites worldwide,[1] 40 percent of its users come from India where its Alexa rank is around 700.[1][10]

Jeffrey Ng, the founder and CEO of Zorpia, was born in 1982 in Hong Kong. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, majoring in computer engineering. In December 2003, he founded Zorpia in his apartment. He was interested in meeting people from around the world and gave the site the name Zorpia because he wanted it to be an online nation for people to make new friends.[12]
Past and current partnerships have included ViximoMeeboRockYou, and AdSense. In 2011 Zorpia launched its first Facebook App, Get Dating, focusing on helping Facebook users to find dates, followed by the app Get Friending to find friends.
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