Phishing Email Almost Got Me
Although I know a lot are now using Mozilla FireFox, still there are a number of users out there who are too naive to transfer from the regular IE to the new trend. But in reality, it's actually more than just a trend, it's the security that we're talking about here. If ever this is some old news for you, then that's great! However, for those who are not aware, there are quite a lot of phishing emails sent lately that you should watch out from.
What are these phishing emails? It's that sort of email where they ask you to fill out a form where you're supposed to put personal (more like private) informations to fill up. Most of the time these emails come from early subscriptions you had from company's and business' throughout the web.
If you're not that aware, you would easily believe that the email did come from the company because the email address seen on the "From:" data is the same address used by the company itself.
I have received two emails already: one from GoDaddy, and the latest is what made me panicked: PayPal. Imagine what could have happened if you believed and was able to fill out informations indicating your PayPal account details like passwords, bank account, telephone numbers and addresses good enough for anyone, especially the culprits to use in the future. Gone are your savings including your identity.
Just thinking about the hassles that you'll go through to claim it again, it would be devastating.
Luckily, I am using Firefox. Firefox has a default warning and security that will inform you that the link you just went to was identified as a "suspected web forgery".
For a better picture and understanding, you can read aj's article titled "Phishing Attack: Don't Use IE6 or Below".
So, if I were you I'd think twice. I suggest stick with Firefox from now on.
This is a personal experience. I forwarded the email to firstname.lastname@example.org and they responded that the email was truly a forgery. Let's be aware, and beware.