How to tackle phishing... In light of the recent iPad scam, where some AOL users received an email purporting to be from AOL's Vice-President, we thought it would be useful to give you some more information about online swindles and how to avoid them.
Phishing is the name given to the practice of sending fraudulent emails and the reference to the sporting activity is a good one.
The purpose of phishing messages is to lure you into divulging personal information, such as passwords and credit card details, that can be used to gain access to your secure accounts. The message tries to hook you with tempting bait, such as the possibility of a free iPad or by making you believe that you need to update your account information.
Just as a real fisherman uses a plastic lure that for a fish looks like its regular source of food, so phishing messages often pretend to be from your regular correspondents, such as your email provider or bank, in the hope that you'll take the bait.
How to spot a fake source
There is a very simple way to immediately tell if an email from AOL is genuine or not. All official correspondence from AOL features an AOL Certified Mail stamp, so if an email doesn't carry this, it's not from us.
Your bank and other institutions may have similar identification marks on their official correspondence, so always look for one before taking action on messages you receive.
Another way of recognizing legitimate messages is to look for specific details about you that the genuine organization would know. Being greeted by your Username is a good sign; a message beginning "Dear Bank Member" is not.
Banks often include the last four digits of your credit card or account number in correspondence – just make sure you're not looking at the first four numbers as these are usually the same for many customers.
But even these specific details can be obtained by phishers and certification stamps may be replicated. So it's always a good idea to apply some common sense to your inbox.
Beware Greeks bearing gifts:
The old aphorism may seem harsh on the very generous people of Greece, but its origin is the ancient Greek story of the Trojan horse. According to the legend, a Greek army invaded the walled city of Troy by hiding soldiers inside a large wooden horse that the Trojans, believing it to be a gift, brought in through the city gates.
The moral of the story still applies today. If something seems too good to be true – yay! our enemies have left us a giant statue as a present, or yay! a Nigerian prince wants to share his fortune with me – it probably isn't.
Spiking your links
Always be wary of emails that ask you to sign-in or enter personal details via a website link. It is very easy to spoof a link, so clicking on an organization's official URL could actually redirect you to a different website, which may even look like the real thing.
A good way to ensure that the link and the destination site are the same is to hover your pointer over the link and look at the bottom left of your browser. Most browsers will show you the actual link.
Another common trick is for a link to look like the genuine article but with a subtle difference. So it might be .net instead of .com, or www.citybank.com and not www.citibank.com.
Emails or onscreen text from AOL asking you to log in to your account should never contain a link, but instead will direct you to manually type myaccount.aol.com into your browser.
If in doubt, don't click the link. Try typing the URL into your browser or using a search engine to find the organization's genuine website.
The same is true for attachments, which can transmit viruses and malware to your computer when opened. If you don't know the sender never open an attachment, unless you are certain it is genuine. If you receive an odd-looking attachment from a friend, reply and ask them to confirm that the attachment is virus-free.
Emails from yourself
Similar to spoofed links is spoofed email addresses. You may receive an email that looks like it is from one of your contacts, or even yourself, that contains suspicious looking content.
It is possible that hackers have gained unauthorized access to your account, but it's more likely that your address has been spoofed and the email is actually from another source.
A good way to avoid spoofed messages from yourself is to delete your own email address from your Contacts. This increases the likelihood that your spam filters will catch these phishing mails.
For more information, check out our previous post about spoofed email addresses.
Mark as spam
If you receive an email that you believe to be a phishing message, never reply to it. Don't even try and unsubscribe from the mailing list. Doing so only lets the phisher know that your account is active and you are likely to receive even more spam.
The only thing you should do is to mark the message as Spam. This helps improve your filters and prevent even more junk mail from reaching you.
For more information, see our previous post about Spam Settings.
Phishing doesn't just happen over email. In fact, social networks are fast becoming the primary targets of phishers, particularly because people tend to be far more open and trusting when using Facebook than when they are in their mailbox.
Instant Messaging is also a target, so if you use AIM or other IM services, be vigilant.
Your password is your security
The best way of ensuring your online security is to always keep your passwords secret.
No legitimate organization should ever ask you to supply your password over the phone, by email or IM, or via a social network. Only enter your password on encrypted sign-in pages or digital forms. Look at the domain name: it should start with https:, as opposed to http This indicates that you are on a secure site.
And while it's nearly impossible to create and remember different passwords for every single site you sign in to, it is advisable to ensure that the really important passwords for your email and bank accounts, are truly unique.
This way, if someone discovers your password for something as harmless as your fantasy football sign-in, at least they can't access your bank account with the same secret code.
Use common sense
All of this information might suddenly make the internet seem like a much scarier place, but it doesn't have to be. Simple common sense is usually enough to steer you clear of the phisher's hook and ensure you don't end up as the catch of the day.
Compliments of The AOL Mail team http://mailblog.aol.com/2011/09/08/how-to-tackle-phishing/
Five Rules For Men To Follow To a Happy Life:
1. It's important to have a woman, who helps at home, who cooks from time
to time, cleans up and has a job.
2. It's important to have a woman, who can make you laugh.
3. It's important to have a woman, who you can trust and who doesn't lie
4. It's important to have a woman, who is good in bed and who likes to be
5. It's very, very important that these four women do not know each other
Activist Tame Iti is believed to have spent time in Waikato Hospital over the past few days, and a spider bite could be to blame.
Iti is currently serving time at Waikeria Prison, south of Te Awamutu, after he was sentenced to two years' jail in May after being convicted for his part in the 2007 Urewera raids.
This morning Iti tweeted ''I was bitten by a spider, it got infected and I had to see a doctor. I'm ok, but the bite did not give me the power to climb walls.''
The Times understands Iti has spent time in Waikato hospital this week but Corrections Department central regional manager Terry Buffery has remained tight lipped.
"Corrections is unable to comment on health issues faced by individual prisoners," he said. Family members also declined to comment.
Iti and co-defendant Te Rangikaiwhiria Kemara were denied bail in August while they await the outcome of their appeal against convictions on firearms charges.
The appeal was heard in Wellington but the decision was reserved.
Last month Iti tweeted that he had ''changed jobs'' at Waikeria.
''Now working with the Tractor gang out on the farm. Walking around outside the compound my feet in the free dirt,'' he wrote.
Iti's twitter account states that all tweet's are being relayed via phone to his whanau who are maintaining his twitter account while he serves his sentence.
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1. "What a
computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with.
It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds." (film "Memory &
2. "I end up not
buying a lot of things, because I find them ridiculous." (The Independent,
3. "I think
death is the most wonderful invention of life. It purges the system of these old
models that are obsolete." (Playboy, 1985)
4. "People think
focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what
it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there
are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't
done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things." (Apple
Worldwide Developers' Conference, 1997)
5. "Being the
richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. ... Going to bed at night
saying we've done something wonderful -- that's what matters to me."
6. "My job is
not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better." (CNNMoney/Fortune,
7. "If you want
to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too
much. You have to be willing to take whatever you've done and whoever you were
and throw them away." (Playboy, 1985)
distinguishes between a leader and a follower." ("The Innovation Secrets of
Steve Jobs," 2001)
9. "My model
for business is the Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other's kind of
negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other, and the total was
greater than the sum of the parts. That's how I see business: Great things in
business are never done by one person. They're done by a team of people." ("60
10. "I would
trade all my technology for an afternoon with Socrates." (Newsweek, 2001)
Warrington prop Paul Wood played the second half of the Super League grand
final against Leeds with a ruptured testicle. He even conducted post-match
interviews before going to hospital where it was later removed.
He jokingly tweeted after the operation: "Tony Smith [Warrington coach] did
say in his pre-match team talk last night 'Your balls are on the line here
guys!' I didn't think he meant literally." The ultimate sacrifice for the
With its height of over 220 meters is the tallest pyramid in the World. It
has regular pyramid geometry with three preserved sides: north, east and west.
It is coated by rectangular blocks. According to the Institutes for materials
from Bosnia-Herzegovina (2006-2008) and Politecnico di Torino from Italy (2009.)
blocks are made from the best quality concrete material superior to modern
According to the State Institute for Geodesy (2006) northern side perfectly
matches the Cosmic North with the error of less than one degree. Slope of the
pyramid sides to the base is at the 45 degrees. German geophysicists confirmed
in 2007 existence of the inner passageways using geo-radar instruments. Croatian
physicists detected (2010) existence of the energy beam coming through the top
of the pyramid with the radius of 4,5 meters. Italian and Finish experts
detected (2011) ultrasound phenomenon on the rop of the pyramid as well.
Shadow of the Bosnian Pyramid of the Sun covers Bosnian Pyramid of the Moon
during the summer months just before the sunset showing clear astronomical
relationship between two pyramids. This pyramid is covered by soil and
vegetation like hundreds pyramids in China, Mexico or Guatemala. According to
the Federal Institute of Pedology layers of soil that cover the pyramid is
approx. 12.000 years old. It makes this pyramid oldest pyramid on the Planet.
Tens of thousands of tourists from all over the World are attracted by the
pyramid discovery and its energy and spiritual properties. http://www.bosnianpyramidofthesun.com/
Plans for a colossal statue of long-time manager Sir Alex Ferguson – at 316ft
height, over 10 ft taller than New York’s Statue of Liberty – were unveiled at
Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground today.
‘Sir Alex’s statue, to be called ‘The Beacon of the North’, capturing as it
does the very essence of the man, will tower above the pitch,’ said United’s
owner Malcolm Glazer. ‘Bestriding the stadium itself, this modern-day colossus
is destined to become a permanent Mancunian landmark for generations to
‘The inside of the bronze statue will be hollow, with two elevators taking
visitors up to a Sir Alex-themed ‘park’ and viewing platforms,’ said Glazer,
‘And because of the monument’s exceptional height, it will incorporate a large
red flashing aircraft-warning beacon artistically positioned on the manager’s
Ferguson, who is now 70 years old, already has a stand named in his
The American owner revealed that, in honour of Ferguson’s Scottish ancestry,
the statue was to originally to be called ‘The Cock of the North’. ‘But,’ he
explained, ‘after the debacle at Manchester City when they named one of the
Etihad Stadium stands ‘The Bell End’ (after Blues legend Colin Bell), we thought
it might be open to misinterpretation. We had the same misgivings over an
alternative suggestion ,’The Red Devil’. So we finally settled on ‘The Beacon’;
a more fitting tribute to the great man.’
The statue features him in his trademark pose of pointing to his watch as he
demands extra time added on to allow United to score a winner. ‘The Beacon of
the North’ will be located behind the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and players and
opponents will have his face, with flashing red nose, looking down at them
during all their evening matches.
The statue’s estimated £38m cost will initially be paid for by owner Glazer
and then transferred to the debts of the club, currently running at £423m. ‘It’s
well worth the money, after all, we paid more that for Berbatov.’ commented
‘We’re thrilled. This colossus will add to the viability and profitability of
Old Trafford as a potent global tourist attraction.’
‘Though,’ he added, ‘we don’t anticipate any visitors from the locality, as
there aren’t any Manchester United supporters in Manchester itself.’ Read
more here: http://www.newsbiscuit.com/2012/10/02/manchester-united-reveal-details-of-monumental-ferguson-statue/