Monday, March 31, 2014

Social Engineering / Safe Computing

I'm a reasonably intelligent guy and I didn't wake up on a turnip truck, probably because I fell off when it hit a speed bump on the information superhighway. Which leads me to my topic for today. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me thrice, I won't get fooled again. No no.

Early this morning, I got an email from BofA Online <> with the subject: "Avoid a possible reactiovation fee." I don't like fees. I don't like fleas either. Here's the email message

Our valued customer,

You have given an incorrect password for Bank of America Online Banking three times and, therefore, must confirm your account details. To do this, please follow the link below.

Now, even though I DON'T have an account with Bank of America, I thought "oh noes... I've got to confirm my details." Bad idea #1.

Then I hovered my mouse over the redacted link which wasn't actually redacted but you already know that if you're paying attention... are you?

Even though the link said
when hovering my mouse cursor over the link and looking in the web browser status bar, I could see that clicking on the link would take me to So I clicked on it anyway. Bad idea #2.

Google Chrome now warns me... Reported Phishing Website Ahead! Like a dope, I go there anyway, cuz I love sushi? Bad idea #3.

Now I'm on some hacked Netherlands website that's trying to steal my non-existent Bank of America login credentials. At that point, I gave up and closed the page.

Have a nice day :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Back on the radio? What's a podcast?

April Fools.

Details coming soon...

In the meantime, You may contact me about my contract system administrator pricing and availability

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