Can you spot a Phishing website?

Privacy 001Are you a Phishing Ninja or a Phishing Pole?  well in this day and cyber-age it has become a very major issue in that criminal gangs now find it much easier to try and steal your personal information to allow access to your Bank account etc. than to come rob your home.

Phishing is one such way that they try this and at times if you are unsuspecting or a novice to the perils of the internet age this can be very difficult to know if a website is real or not.

OpenDNS have a quick test to see if you can spot the Phishing (fake) from the Real website of many a company you may use. Click the link below to take the test.

OpenDNS Phishing Quiz

Here is my result below, yeah I’m a sneeky silent Ninja!! 

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but then I do have knowledge of what Phishing websites look like and how to tell them apart from genuine sites, a few tips are below.

  • Your bank, Financial, Shopping sites will not send you emails asking for you to verify or re-enter your username or password.
  • Companies like Microsoft will not email you to say your PC is not up to date or has malware/virus.
  • Check the website address in and email by hovering over it with your mouse and if its not the same as your normal websites then its not real, and if its in the form of an IP address (123.123.123.123) as an example then defiantly do not click.
  • Check the email address that sent you this email, is it actually from the company or not, as an example this is one I was sent from the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today.

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Note that the email address in the senders position is not the same as the one to reply too, which looks genuine but is not, so if you do get one of these emails but are a non-US citizen then delete, if you are a US citizen its worth letting the actual phishing side of the IRS know and email is HERE on this page.

So best practice is to double check any emails that are asking for finance details and user name and passwords via phone, in person or to the actual companies fraud, phishing customer service dept.

More info on how to spot a Phishing attempt from Microsoft HERE

Hotmail Aliases

Hotmail LiveHotmail has added a new feature (although Gmail has had this option for a while) which adds to the service in one good way, it allows you to create an alias email account off your main Hotmail account, this is handy as a disposable email address for signing up for online retailers so that you can selectively have all emails from one retailer in it’s own folder, say your email address is fred@hotmail.com well if you shop at say Amazon, you could setup fred+amazon@hotmail.com on Amazon as your email address, so that all emails from Amazon would go into that specific email folder.

“Starting today, you can create and manage multiple email aliases from a single Hotmail account. Together with features that we introduced in November that let you use Hotmail with any existing email address, the new aliasing feature makes it easy to use a different email address and still get all the benefits of Hotmail without having to change your primary email address and online identity.

The email address a person uses is a big part of their online identity. The average person maintains three different email addresses in order to organize different types of email, maintain different personas, or keep junk mail away from a primary email address. So there are many good reasons that people want multiple email addresses, but maintaining multiple accounts, with different user names and passwords that require you to check multiple inboxes, is inefficient. With today’s update, Hotmail helps you save time by making it easier to manage your current and future email addresses in one place.”

To setup open Hotmail and click the Options cog icon of the Inbox as in the image below

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Then follow the prompts to setup this extra email alias, do choose New Folder so these emails are filtered into a separate folder for ease of access, you will then see a new folder with this email alias in your folder list.

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To delete this alias once finished click the  Options cog icon of the Folder and choose Manage Folders and tick and delete the one you want to remove as in the above image.

Read more HERE