Posts Tagged ‘phishing’

How to Quickly Check a Domain Using Safe Browsing by Google

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

The Safe Browsing feature might not be perfect, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction. I hope other browsers follow the same path …

Web browsers such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox use Google Safe Browsing to protect users before potentially malicious websites are loaded. This works by checking sites against Safe Browsing’s database to find out whether malware was hosted or distributed on the website in a 90 day period. When you visit a flagged site in a browser supporting Safe Browsing, a warning page is displayed to you instead of the website itself.


The Text, “data:” in a URL may Indicate a Phishing Site

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

I haven’t run across this myself, but it’s probably a good idea to be a bit wary of sites like this …

Phishing just like spam and the creation of malicious software in general is a cat and mouse game. When malicious code or attacks hit the web they work for a while before they are properly detected by security software. When that happens, they are modified or redesigned or build from scratch so that they are not detected anymore, which in turn requires security companies to create new protection mechanisms.


How to Disable Privacy Sensitive Features in Google Chrome

Monday, November 11th, 2013

I’ve often heard it said that, “nothing is free,” but if we’re talking about browsers, then that old adage is doubly true …

It’s likely that one of the core reasons for creating Google Chrome in the first place was a desire to use it to collect user data. While Google already has services in place that allow the company to do so, a web browser would provide Google with additional data that its services are not able to collect.


Gmail Adds Detailed Sender Information to Improve Security

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This will definitely help; I’m surprised it took so long …

When I was working in tech support for a large German financial corporation I regularly had to deal with support requests by customers who received phishing emails. It took a lot to convince the majority of customers that those phishing emails were not sent by the company, but by criminals. Especially fake email addresses were a problem, as many could not understand that it was possible to fake the email sender.


McAfee Looks Back on a Decade of Cybercrime

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Here’s an interesting recap of all of the viruses and malware that have been driving us crazy for the past ten years …

Following the world's anticlimactic scramble against Y2K, cybercriminals looked for ways to make money and cause damage; explosion of social media and mobile devices created new opportunities


Interesting Phishing Concept Tabjacking

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Here’s another thing to be on the lookout for …

By now most Internet users know what phishing stands for, or so they think. If you ask them to define phishing most will likely mention that it is about fake emails links that lead to look-a-like copies of popular websites. What most users do not know that their definition of phishing is not entirely correct. Phishing, which stands for Password fISHING, is not exclusive to email. The term hints at that little known fact. Phishing can occur everywhere including Instant Messengers, forums, by social engineering and on plain websites.

Aza Raskin just posted an interesting article on his blog detailing a new phishing attack that he calls Tabjacking. The concept of this new attack is ingenious.