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October 25, 2006

Three ways to detect a phisherman

There are plenty of forged emails about.
Are the explanations of how to detect them clear enough for the average user?
Of do they just increase fear uncertainly & doubt?

Three ways I use to detect a forgery

  1. (a bit obvious) do you have an account with the organisation concerned?
  2. is the English rather crap (hackers aren’t very literate, even in their mother tongue)?
  3. (a dead give away) is the real address of the link nothing like the one it looks like? E.g https://www.halifax-online.co.uk/_mem_bin/formslogins.asp
    is nothing like
    http://www.cdazuidhorn.nl/language/halifax-online.co.uk/membin/formslogin
    .asp=halifaxcouk/Index.PHP

(use left right-click on a link to find the “properties” and thus the real address)


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