Spotting the Phish in a Sea of Email

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You can see the real link under the “Verify my email” button in a few ways, like viewing the message in plain text (instead of the HTML commonly used to display links and graphics in email) in your desktop mail program. On a mobile device, press and hold the button or link — but do not tap it as you normally would — to reveal the hidden address. You can report the phishing messages by forwarding them to abuse@dropbox.com.

Dropbox users have been frequent targets of scammers. The company’s support site has a guide to recognizing malware and phishing attempts, as well as instructions for enabling two-step verification for stronger account protection.

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It’s Not Your Grandparents’ Fault They Keep Getting Scammed Online

Tutor Helping Senior Woman In Computer Class

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The success of these hacks and scams have led many software developers and security professionals to gripe about the so-called “stupid users” who simply cannot be saved from themselves and their terrible passwords. While it’s true, in a tautological sense, that removing all humans from the network would make it exceptionally secure, being “stupid” and being “poorly educated” are two very different things. There are a lot of smart people out there that simply don’t have the right information to keep themselves safe online, including seniors…

Yanking grandma and grandpa (or anyone else who doesn’t know how to respond to technogeek phrased pop-ups about ActiveX controls) offline is clearly not the answer. But given the rate at which seniors are being targeted, we could be doing a better job of getting basic information to this particularly vulnerable group.