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Chrome Can Now Warn Users Who Type Gmail Passwords in Dumb Places

Chrome Can Now Warn Users Who Type Gmail Passwords in Dumb Places

On Wednesday, Google released a new extension for Chrome it calls Password Alert.

The post Chrome Can Now Warn Users Who Type Gmail Passwords in Dumb Places appeared first on WIRED.

Hacker Lexicon: What Are Phishing and Spear Phishing?

Hacker Lexicon: What Are Phishing and Spear Phishing?

Your I.T. department has probably warned you not to click on suspicious links in e-mails. If the link looks suspect: Do. Not. Click.

The post Hacker Lexicon: What Are Phishing and Spear Phishing? appeared first on WIRED.

Email Spoofing: Explained (and How to Protect Yourself)

Jason P. Stadtlander Headshot, Huffington Post

Recently a co-worker asked me “Why do people even bother to spoof my email address?”

First, for those of you joining me that have no idea what the term spoofing means – let us examine that.

Spoofing is defined as:

1. imitate (something) while exaggerating its characteristic features for comic effect.
2. hoax or trick (someone).

Origin: late 19th century English comedian Arthur Roberts.

In the context of computers, to spoof one’s email address means that the sender is acting as if the email is coming from someone it is not.

How someone (or something) sends an email made to look like it comes from somewhere or somewhere it does not, is a little more technical to explain. So, if you don’t like tech talk, then skip to the next section “Why is my email address being spoofed?”

How are they spoofing me?

Spoofing email addresses is rather easy. All a person needs to spoof an email address is an SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server (a server that can send email) and the appropriate email software. Most website hosting services will even provide an SMTP server in their hosting package. It is also possible to send email from your own computer if you load an SMTP server on it, however most ISPs will block port 25 (which is required to send out email).

Many of the available free SMTP servers will allow you to show a different “from” address than the actual registered domain that the email is transmitting from. However, to the recipient of said message, they will see that it actually came from the address you specified.

Now, there are special checks in place (and more being put into place) to prevent exactly this problem. One is called SPF or “Sender Policy Framework” which was developed by Meng Weng Wong in 2003. Basically, each time an email is sent, the receiving server compares the IP of the origin with the IP listed in the SPF record with the appropriate domain.

EXAMPLE 1: So, for example, let’s say someone tried to spoof Bill Gates (
They would send an email on his behalf > the recipient server would then talk back to and say “Hey, I have an email that is coming from stating that it was sent from” > would then tell the recipient server, “No, sorry, it should be coming from” and the message would never get delivered.

Why is my email address being spoofed?

Two basic reasons people (and machines) spoof:

1. Malicious: To cause useless internet traffic – ultimately hoping to bog down servers or bring them to a halt.

2. Because you were unlucky enough to have clicked the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Continue reading Email Spoofing: Explained on Huffington Post The Blog

Email Spoofing: Explained (and How to Protect Yourself) | Jason P. Stadtlander

SCAM ALERT 888-441-9257 Reverse Phone Lookup



If you get a call from this number 888-441-9257, they are NOT from Microsoft and there is NOTHING WRONG with your computer.  Hang up. Report them to the BBB. This is a SCAM.

They will try to get you to install a program to “fix” a problem which doesn’t exist…so, it’s not a stretch to think that thier “diagnostic program” could actually contain malware, spyware or viruses. They will also try to nick you for $25…to fix a problem that doesn’t exist.


888-441-9257 / 8884419257 Reverse Phone Lookup.

M. Wms Jul 9 2:31PM told me my computer was infected and he would fix it if I downloaded some programs. said he worked for MS Windows and was doing this as a service from MS. when i asked how much, he said for $25.


Killing the Password

Passwords suck. Plain and simple. They inconvenience the user, and are far too easy to crack…or guess…or fall victim to internet trickery that gets you to give them away. A better solution is overdue. Killing the password is “Challenge Accepted” for DARPA

Anyway, check out the article and start thinking of a day when we are free of password hell. It may not be tomorrow, but it is coming.

Seven ways DARPA is trying to kill the password | PCWorld.


Hackers Find Way to Outwit Tough Security at Banking Sites –

Hackers Find Way to Outwit Tough Security at Banking Sites –

Hackers Find Way to Outwit Tough Security at Banking Sites -

Even two-factor authentication can be twarted. This article has some interesting insight on the way the attacks are engineered…