The Internet Is Coming Together to Mail Holiday Cards to "Britain's Loneliest Schoolboy"

Ten-year-old Aron Anderson is the sole pupil at what may possibly be the loneliest school in the world. After the remainder of his classmates graduated to a secondary school on a neighboring island, he became the only school-aged child of the 70 residents living on the Scottish isle of Out Skerries. When he's not attending school in the two-room building, Aron spends his time playing with ducks, sheep, and his dog—his best friends on the island. In an effort to make his holiday a little less lonely this year, an online campaign has been launched to send him Christmas cards from around the world. 

The initiative is the brainchild of Reddit moderator BesottedScot of the subreddit /r/Scotland. After reading Anderson’s story in The Telegraph the previous week, he felt inspired to show the boy that others were thinking about him this holiday season. He called upon residents of Scotland to mail Christmas cards to his school's address, and for people outside of Scotland to send postcards so that Aron can see where in the world people are writing him from. 

"We have 20,000 subscribers on here and if even 1 percent of you send a card that's 200 cards to a lonely boy to cheer his Christmas right up,” BesottedScot wrote in his Reddit post. "I hope you'll do me proud and send some nice festive cheer.”

According to his post, BesottedScot called the Skerries Community School last week to notify them of what will likely be an alarmingly high number of Christmas cards coming their way. The campaign has already spread far beyond the subreddit, so this Christmas will likely be one to remember for both Aron and his local mailman. As one redditor noted, "We'll have to do something for Britain's most perturbed postman next year.”

[h/t: Mashable]

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How to Spot the Convincing New Phishing Scam Targeting Netflix Users

Netflix may send customers the occasional email, but these messages will never ask you to provide them with personal or payment info. You'll want to keep this in mind if you encounter a new phishing scam that The Daily Dot reports is targeting the video streaming service's subscribers in Australia and the UK.

MailGuard, an Australian email security company, was the first to take notice of the fraudulent emails. While similar scams have targeted Netflix users in the past, this current iteration appears to be more convincing than most. At first (and perhaps even second) glance, the messages appear to be legitimate messages from Netflix, with an authentic-looking sender email and the company’s signature red-and-white branding. The fake emails don’t contain telltale signs of a phishing attempt like misspelled words, irregular spacing, or urgent phrasing.

The subject line of the email informs recipients that their credit card info has been declined, and the body requests that customers click on a link to update their card's expiration date and CVV. Clicking leads to a portal where, in addition to the aforementioned details, individuals are prompted to provide their email address and full credit card number. After submitting this valuable info, they’re redirected to Netflix’s homepage.

So far, it’s unclear whether this phishing scheme has widely affected Netflix customers in the U.S., but thousands of people in both Australia and the U.K. have reportedly fallen prey to the effort.

To stay safe from phishing scams—Netflix-related or otherwise—remember to never, ever click on an email link unless you’re 100 percent sure it’s valid. And if you do end up getting duped, use this checklist as a guide to safeguard your compromised data.

[h/t The Daily Dot]

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site

[h/t Thrillist]


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