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    Fighting phishing

    How about we collect links in this thread to resources about phishing attacks and how to fight them?

    This showed up in my e-mail today: MailFrontier eMail Security Update Newsletter

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    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Fighting phishing

    Has anyone used Earthlink's toolbar, which is apparently available for everyone? I haven't, but just read about it in one of Dave's links here.

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    Re: Fighting phishing

    A lot of this advice can be summarized as 'be suspicious'. Not bad advice IMO but not advice that a lot of people are inclined to follow. (Even I feel that there's already too much paranoia in our world. But then I seem to be able to treat suspicion as 'wait & see' while most people I know treat suspicion as 'be afraid'.)

    Anyway, what I think is needed is changes by the institutions most impersonated. Too many of them seem dedicated to making it hard to contact them-either no email address at all or an email address to which nobody responds. The last time I tried to contact eBay about a possible fraud I spent a good 10 minutes figuring out how-and even then it was a form, not an email. Apparently the only fraud in which they are interested is if it concerns an auction. (Even worse, many people dislike 'reporting' something as fraud when all they really want to do is ask whether or not it is a fraud.)

    Toolbars showing actual sites are OK, but I'd rather stay away from a phishing site vs. go there & then find out what it is.

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    Re: Fighting phishing

    I just read a really good article at CBS Marketwatch "Spyware sneaks up on PC Users", with the subtitle "Consumer Reports: few users take steps to thwart threat". One of the most simple though innovative bits of thinking I've seen in a while was this tidbit of advice:
    <hr>Another way to protect against phishing, Consumer Reports said, is to give an incorrect password on the first try. A phishing site will accept an incorrect password, while a legitimate site won't.<hr>
    Talk about a solution staring you right in the face!

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    Re: Fighting phishing

    Now THAT is a great idea <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> ... oh, wait. That means I have to be able to remember the *wrong* password now ... <img src=/S/bummer.gif border=0 alt=bummer width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Fighting phishing

    I'll second that. And I have no problem remembering wrong passwords-now if I could only do as well with the right ones...

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    Re: Fighting phishing

    Fantastic!! It's one of those, why didn't I think of that. Of course, I've had emails that say that they deleted all passwords & profiles because of a security breach & to enter a new password...along with your SS#, credit card number, etc., but this should work on a number of sites.

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    Re: Fighting phishing

    The free version of CR's article is available from the middle column on the home page (direct links don't work with the Lounge scripts). The ratings cost money. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Fighting phishing

    Current issue of Consumer Reports discusses phishing, etc.

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    Re: Fighting phishing

    That's what we're saying, dude.

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