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I've bought some items from MidwayUSA from time to time, and the other day I got a request from them to review something I'd bought. Not suspicious, right?

So I go to post the review, and my VPN goes nuts. They were attempting to install at least a half-dozen web beacons on my device!!! If you don't know what those are, they are hidden on your device and tell Google or multiple UNKNOWN other parties EVERYTHING you do, practically down to how many times you pee per day. Seriously, this is bad juju. They get paid by Google (or God knows who) to plant spy software. Thing is, I missed the part about beacons in the privacy policy, but fortunately I have a good VPN and "bug catcher". Not everybody does.
So the moral of the story is: they are sleazebags and I'd strongly suggest not buying from them. Caveat emptor.
 

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Wow! I like my ABP add blocker plus. I won't be reviewing stuff from my phone, or my PC anymore. Sounds like I need a VPN.
 
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OK, I'll show my ignorance - what is a VPN?
 

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A virtual private network sends your data you send and receive from a computer over the Internet encrypted so your communications are private.
 

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I've bought some items from MidwayUSA from time to time, and the other day I got a request from them to review something I'd bought. Not suspicious, right? So I go to post the review, and my VPN goes nuts. They were attempting to install at least a half-dozen web beacons on my device!!!
It sounds like you got phished. Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information or data, such as usernames, passwords and credit card details, by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. Typically carried out by email spoofing, instant messaging, and text messaging, phishing often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website which matches the look and feel of the legitimate site.

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I doubt it was Midway that sent you that electronic mail. It was probably a third party. This scam website may have attempted to load malicious software on to your computer or device once you went to their website.

I almost got phished a few weeks ago. The electronic mail I received in my personal e-mail looked like it was something legitimate, but it was malicious.
 

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Yeah but VPNS are still vulnerable to webgl, webrtc, and browser fingerprinting because they're plug-ins that are attached directly to your devices. There are only two VPN's that are consistently able to block the RTC's. You also need a good ad blocker and to check your security settings in your specific browser or the cost of using a VPN is wasted.
 

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Yeah but VPNS are still vulnerable to webgl, webrtc, and browser fingerprinting because they're plug-ins that are attached directly to your devices. There are only two VPN's that are consistently able to block the RTC's. You also need a good ad blocker and to check your security settings in your specific browser or the cost of using a VPN is wasted.
Ok which 2
DM if you have the time
 

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I have always gotten emails from another web service (can't remember the name) to do surveys for Midway but I always decline. I have no interest in doing a survey.
 
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Man, computers suck. Forums are fun, but I could live without them, and the internet.
 

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I got ANOTHER PROBLEM with Midway after last night!!!
It's been a while since I "built" (coff-coff "a$$embled" -coff) an AR15 Lower,
and I could not find the SOOTCH Lower Receiver build video. I wanted to be
sure and get it right the first time. So I found the "highly rated" Midway video
with Larry Potterfield doing the assembly. the dang thing SUCKS. If you just
need that video, you don't really need a video at all! BESIDES the obvious
differences (he assembled an A2 stock lower, that was not a problem for me)
I mean this goofball did not compare ANY of the similar components which are
critical to go in the right spot (like 2 for the pivot/takedowns versus one for the safety)
so I had to stop and figure these out, because they did the pivot pin near the start and
the takedown pin near the end. PLUS this guy used about 10x more tools and stuff than
is necessary for the job. "find these items for sale at Midway" yeah I get that but it's an
obvious shill job. I can live with it. BUT, the worst part of all, they NEVER showed a still
of the critical hammer and trigger spring installs. EVER. I had to pause the video and
look at a "bottom view" of the installed springs. That view was on the screen for maybe
one second, when a 5 second side view shot would have been PERFECT. The dood never
showed much of anything without his big meathooks in the way. Horrid Presentation!

The upside is that the next 2 scheduled "builds" should not need a video since I didn't
really have one this time either :rotfl: Plus, I only spent maybe an extra 10 minutes
on it. The gun passed function test and works exactly as expected. This was my first
"build" on a Mag Tactical magnesium lightweight lower, the machining and quality of
that piece appears to be first rate. But I do intend to get the longer trigger and
hammer pins before I fire it. The pin boss for those two are deeper. Seems maybe
the magnesium is a bit softer than the aluminum alloy.
 

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ROLL wif Da MOLE!
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Excellent step by step with pictures and you don't have to suffer through some ass who loves the sound of their own voice.

https://www.thenewrifleman.com/how-to-build-a-lower-receiver/
Cool Beans, but I think I'm almost ready to "fly solo". This AR15 platform
really is a user-friendly and simple platform. Mil-Spec is mighty good for
most things as well. This last one has a .223 WYLDE barrel, gonna be SWEET!

Saved the LINK, thanks Cic!
I'll check it just to see how much better I like it, tonight ;)
Not a video, so it is scroll as U go, nice!
 

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Excellent step by step with pictures and you don't have to suffer through some ass who loves the sound of their own voice.

https://www.thenewrifleman.com/how-to-build-a-lower-receiver/
If that Midway ding-dong could have just had this one shot:

It would have made a big difference.

I also like this:

I did it "old school" again, but the Mag-Tac lower has good hole sizes, the roll pins and everything else seemed to fit exactly as intended. I never paid list price, or even close for a Mag-Tac lower, but they were over $200 MSRP if I recall! :eek:
 
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