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Spoofing and Phishing e-mails happen a lot

  Date: Nov 30    Category: Unix / Linux / Ubuntu    Views: 305
  

Spoofing and Phishing e-mails happen a lot -- it happens on Ebay, Paypal, most
internet provider sites - like AT&T, AOL, Juno.com etc. That is why they tell
you to go directly to the website to put your password in not from a link from
an e-mail. Do not hit any buttons in an e-mail either -- or if you just created
an e-mail to verify it do a copy paste of link and make sure it is secure in SSL
padlock and check the address from the secure padlock site. At least, I find
their advice on this helpful in regards to spoofing and phishing e-mail.

Although, I can see it being a real pain if you are a victim of someone using
your e-mail in such a scheme.

This link may be helpful to you and others from the Federal Trade Commission on
Hackers and Spam:

www.ftc.gov/.../alt132.shtm

FTC Tips on Computer safety link below:

www.ftc.gov/bcp/menus/consumer/tech/privacy.shtm

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2 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered On: Nov 30    

It is strange that they do not even mention the use of a more secure OS
(Linux or some kind of Unix) as an option.
This is very similar to the case of Romanian ISPs, which are running Linux
(www.romtelecom.ro and www.rdsnet.ro) and www.upc.ro, which is also running
Solaris.
It is also similar to the computer vendors in Romania, to whom Linux is
non-existing but they run Linux on their servers.

 
Answer #2    Answered On: Nov 30    

You mean the Federal Trade Commission -- maybe they did not research Linux OS.
Or maybe they don't know enough to base an opinion so they just talked about
usually Microsoft protections. Anyway, it is sound advise regardless.

 
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