Are you carrying a SpoofStick?

Everybody is telling you about the evils of Phishing and its growing popularity with scammers. Here’s a free way to limit the damage.

The most often used way to confuse
the average surfer into revealing sensitive data is by the use of fake URLs
whilst imitating a brand-name website such as ebay or a bank.

SpoofStick in action on the website src="/images/stories/spoofstick.jpg" align="right" border=0>
The SpoofStick, from CoreStreet, is
a simple web browser extension that helps users detect spoofed (fake) websites.
SpoofStick makes it easier to spot a spoofed website by prominently displaying
only the most relevant domain information. It’s not a comprehensive solution,
but it’s a good start.

For example, if you’re on the
following URL (this is a real, legitimate ebay url): 

target=new> face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">
3FShowCoreAskSellerQuestion%26requested% 3Ddominicsmusic%26de%3Doff%26iid%

Spoofstick will say: “You’re on”.

If you get fooled by going to a
spoofed site, for example href=""> face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif"> face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif"> (a “spoof” example used by ebay in their
customer outreach),

Spoofstick will say: “You’re on″

You can customize the color and
size of the SpoofStick display to suit your tastes and make it harder for a fake
site to try to “spoof” SpoofStick with a static graphic. SpoofStick contains no
adware, spyware, nagware or other unhealthy additives. The free extension is
available for both href=""> face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">Microsoft Internet Explorer face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">, and the growing href=""> face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">FireFox face="arial, helvetica, sans-serif">.

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