Saw this through an advert. Basically, there’s this site called Speedtest.net which allows users to test their Internet connection speeds. So what some software developers did was create a website called Speedanalysis.net. Longer domain right? But I want to show you some stuff that puts up a red flag.
Note the Ookla logo in the corner of the actual test widget? They’re the same company who runs Speedtest.net. In fact, if you look at their corporate website…
Thousands of organisations license Ookla technology for primary testing of their LAN, WAN and VPN networks. Available on most O/S’s, fixed, wireless or mobile, and scales to serve any customer base
Our clients include most of the world’s ISPs and a wide variety of Fortune 500, enterprise, SMB, government and academic organisations.
…you can see that on the left, they mention that they offer widgets for companies to test the speeds of their own networks. This is supposed to be installed to a private page of a company’s website. Instead, they’re only doing this site so as to take advantage of that to promote their own software and earn their own money.
Now, if you look at the bottom of their page, they promote some of their software. That raises some red flags already. See for yourself:
Here’s the list of red flags:
- Box art for free software
- No mention of software company
- No mention of OS platform or requirements
- The real speedtest.net also offers mobile apps
- When I click download, I was presented with Windows installer packages. I can’t believe the website doesn’t know I’m using Apple OS X. (Yes I know the icons show Parallels virtual machine, but I don’t want to sacrifice my Win7 VM for this)
I’m guessing the setup files would also offer toolbars, “Jet Browser” might just be a Chromium rebrand, and it would also contain funky user interface as well as one of those silly “thank you for downloading (application name)” pages which to me, are just a waste of Internet bandwidth and also to advertise for their other softwares. I also found that the installers are just a few kilobytes, which indicates to me that this could be one of those “online installers”, which are just installers that download the actual installers. I don’t know why some software developers use this, but it’s
better unless it’s a software suite installer that contains a few other softwares.(Edit: What I meant is that if it is a software suite, it would be better if it downloads the actual files that the user needs instead of wasting Internet bandwidth and the user’s time. If it’s a single program(or application), then online installer is not needed)
They even mention that they are the best! No! Speedtest.net is the best, especially because their site looks nicer then Speedanalysis.net. Even their domain name is shorter.