© Gaye Wilson 2009


I’ve joined many internet giveaways in the past few years. The opportunity to download products for the price of being put on someone’s mailing list is too good to pass up.

Or so I thought.

But I’ve discovered that, every time I join a giveaway and download “free” products, two things happen:

  1. I get put on more mailing lists, which I then have to either allow to clutter up my hard drive or spend time unsubscribing to them all; and/or
  2. Along with the “free” products, I download viruses, trojans and other electronic threats.

The last time I joined a giveaway, I ended up having to get my hard drive reformatted to get rid of all the malware it had in it. Then I had to take valuable time to reinstall all my programs and settings. Then I had to scan my backups for viruses.

Lucky I had a backup.

I joined another giveaway yesterday. The day before, my computer was clean. Now it’s not.

So that’s it. Joining giveaways is not worth it. The free products are not free. Their price is too high.

There’s only one giveaway that I trust, and that is Mark Hendrick’s 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. Even there, I have to be careful.

So the lesson for today is this:

  1. Don’t join giveaways, either as a contributor or as a member. It’s not worth the potential damage to your reputation (if you are a contributor) or your computer (if you are a member).
  2. Keep your computer anti-virus software up to date, and check your computer regularly.
  3. Keep your essential files backed up at all times.

I’ve learned my lesson.

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6 Responses to “Do not join internet giveaways!”

  1. Nadine on October 2nd, 2009 7:35 am

    Super post, Need to mark it on Digg

  2. Dave Meyer on October 6th, 2009 12:06 pm

    A lesson learned! I’ve not gotten viruses from giveaways, but I have gotten added to a lot of mailing lists that I really don’t need to be on. For me the worst part is that many of the giveaways fall into the category of “you get what you pay for”.

    As a counter, I’m sure there are some great giveaways out there. But I took the giveaways off my site for the very reasons stated above.

    Thanks for sharing…..


  3. Tammy Barbee on October 13th, 2009 7:51 pm

    A great post on how to be careful on Internet giveaways. Now in days I am getting to the point where I am just cautious when I see those unless I know it comes from people/networking that I am familiar with.

    Thank you.

  4. John Agno on October 16th, 2009 2:13 am

    Last month, I had dinner with Ray Tomlinson (that I went to high school with) who invented email and forgave him for all those SPAM emails I get in my inbox everyday. The Internet and email particularly are the bedrock of communication today. Too bad that people abuse this wonderful way of connecting with each other around the world.

  5. Doris Helge, Ph.D. on October 19th, 2009 4:48 pm

    Great advice! So many of us have been deceived.

  6. anne@ilivetocoupon on August 29th, 2012 9:52 pm

    I think this is generally good advice. However, most couponing sites (the ones run by individuals anyway) have giveaways all the time, and I have never had any problems with them…unless you count having to unsubscribe from their feed later.

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