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October 29, 2006

SP 448 753

Where I was this morning:
SP 448 753

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)


October 08, 2006

Logic and Rhetoric

Writing about web page /leeherrington/entry/hello_computer/

Writing about an entry you don't have permission to view

I considered a comment on that entry

E.g.

“Yes and that future’s COBOL!!

Or perhaps

“a future without IT consultants sounds good, one without business managers would be better!”

Or even

“the job of the software engineer (aka IT consultant) is to translate between the irrational, contradictory and ambiguous world of humans to the logical world of computers. The better you understand both worlds, the better the translation you can make”

And then I saw under Add a comment the anti-spam question “what is my middle name?”

Why didn’t he ask a better question, say “What will I be thinking next week?”

Mr. Lee Herrington wants to give up on Computer Science and follow a career in diplomacy.


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