Images: How IE7 beta protects you from phishing

Images: How IE7 beta protects you from phishing

Summary: Although it's not a part of IE7, this screen shot of Outlook shows an email that's probably from a phisher because the user doesn't have an account at Chase. Phishers send their emails to millions of people in hopes that some of the people who receive them actually have an account on the financial site's systems and can be fooled into clicking on the links and submitting their login credentials.

TOPICS: Malware, Security

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  • When attempting to click on one of the links, the first Microsoft technology to warn you has nothing to do with Internet Explorer 7. But rather, it's the most recent version of Outlook 2003 that warns you this email could harbor a threat.

  • Outlook prevents you from actually clicking on the link until you activate the links by clicking on the grey warning bar (orange when highlighted) that turns up just above the email.

  • Once the link in the email is activated and clicked on, IE7 starts (if it's your default browser), and you go to the site and a warning appears with a pastel yellow background, next to the Web address at the top of the browser's toolbar, that this is a Suspicious Website. The Web address is given a pastel yellow background as well. From a user interface perspective, we feel that this is probably too subtle for a warning of this nature.

Topics: Malware, Security

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