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Carelessness of Ringtone Publishers Puts Customers at Risk

MP3 ringtones are stored unsafely on local disks of website visitors

When looking for mp3 ringtones many users turn to major ringtone websites and listen to ringtone previews with Macromedia Flash Player. In doing so righteous citizens assume that no legally protected information is saved on their computers without prior notice. In fact however after visiting some ringtone websites complete MP3 ringtones may remain on local hard drives without the visitors taking notice.

Pirate jingling is a serious crime

How do you explain to copyright owners and law enforcement agencies the origin of mp3 ringtones unpaid for residing on your computer's hard drive? cellphoneDo you want to put yourself and your beloved ones at the risk of being suspected of bootleg ringing? Do you want people to whisper behind your back at the local supermarket? Certainly not!

So be alert and wary of ringtone websites that leave complete fun-sounds in MP3 format and good quality in your browser's cache and thus on your local hard drive. Do not let such files remain on your computer and by no means transfer them to your cellphone. Avoid the bitter feeling of having no answer when your children ask about the origin of your ringtone.

Resist the temptation of ringtones that come at no cost

Protect yourself and your family! Seek for unnoticed MP3 ringtones in your browser's cache whenever you have visited a ringtone website and delete any suspicious file you find immediately. A clear conscience requires for a clear cache.

Respect the artists

Fun-sounds are sophisticated pieces of contemporary art. Creating a new fun-sound involves huge creative effort and substantial financial input. Ringtone fraud of any kind is thus prosecuted adamantly by ringtone publishers. You as a ringtone customer know this and appreciate it, because you care about the artists.

This web page helps law-abiding ringtone enthusiasts to find and delete shady files on Windows XP.

Find mp3 ringtones in your browser's cache

Internet Explorer

  1. Into the address bar of your browser enter: %tmp%\..\temporary internet files\

    A list of content saved in your browser's cache will be shown.

  2. Open a search mask by simultaneously pressing the Control and F keys

  3. Enter the following search-term: .mp3

    If one ore more mp3 ringtones reside in your browser's cache, the search will return name and location of the files on your local hard drive.

  4. Immediately delete all such found mp3 files from your hard drive.

Mozilla Firefox

  1. Into the address bar of your browser enter: about:cache

    A summary will be shown containing links to your memory- and disk-cache.

  2. Follow the link to your disk-cache.

    If you have reasons to believe that mp3 ringtones also reside in your memory-cache you should subsequently scan that as well.

  3. Open a search mask by simultaneously pressing the Control and F keys

  4. Enter the following search-term: .mp3

    If one ore more mp3 ringtones reside in your browser's cache, a key-string will be highlighted as the result of your search. The key's name represents the link to the respective mp3 ringtone preview file on your publisher's web server.

  5. While at the cache listing push the F3 key to highlight the next search result.

    With any finding considerable as mp3 ringtone file proceed as follows:

  6. Click the key-link of the entry you found.

    You will now be given detailed information about the cache entry, including information about the location of the mp3 ringtone file on your hard drive. Don't be fooled by the weird filename. By renaming the file and adding the extension ".mp3" you can see, that it is indeed a fully-fledged mp3 file.

  7. Locate the file in Windows Explorer

  8. Immediately delete the mp3 ringtone preview file.

Opera

  1. Into the address bar of your browser enter: opera:cache

    A list of content saved in your browser's cache will be shown.

  2. Open a search mask by simultaneously pressing the Control and F keys

  3. Enter the following search-term: .mp3

    If one ore more mp3 ringtones reside in your browser's cache, a cache-entry will be highlighted as the result of your search. Besides the name of the cached file the link to the respective mp3 ringtone preview file on your publisher's web server will be shown.

  4. While at the cache listing push the F3 key to highlight the next search result.

    With any finding considerable as mp3 ringtone file proceed as follows:

  5. Locate the file in Windows Explorer

  6. Immediately delete the mp3 ringtone preview file.

Does your ringtone publisher trade safely?

Empty your browser's cache and subsequently visit the website of your favourite ringtone publisher. Listen to several fun-sounds and follow the above mentioned steps afterwards. Do you find mp3 ringtones in your browser's cache? Then you might want to think about bringing your business elsewhere.

What can you do as a customer?

Let your friends and colleagues know [digg.com] [del.icio.us] about ringtone publishers that leave unprotected MP3 ringtones on customers' hard drives. Point your friends to this website and help them with finding and deleting mp3 files that may already have been saved on their computers unnoticed. In any event restrain them from using such files as mp3 ringtones.

Buy from reputable vendors

Make business with ringtone publishers who set value on security in the interest of their customers and artists. Avoid buying from publishers who confine themselves to covering up security flaws.

  1. Search for publishers who offer ringtone previews solely in formats protected by DRM
  2. Verify that all fun-sound previews have voice-overs which render the preview files useless as ringtones
  3. Demand that only parts of the fun-sounds are offered as previews, as is common practice with music ringtones

Follow these simple rules and you will sleep safely at night. Until your cellphone welcomes you to a new day with a legally obtained ringtone.

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