Mar 292012

Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. It’s also used to infect computers with Viruses and Malware. Read more about it at Wikipedia.

Recently, I have seen some very convincing phishing attempts. Today, I received an e-mail subject “Thank You for your Verizon Wireless Payment” with the sender spoofed as “”.

Looks pretty convincing.  Let’s take a closer look.

First, the message headers show that the message came from a mail server in Poland.

Second, when hovering over the links in the e-mail (e.g. Manage Your Account Online, View My Verizon Demo, View Terms & Conditions, etc.) the destination URLs were various domains in Poland and Brazil which surely are hosting malware.  This can also be seen by doing a View Source on the message itself as below.

Warning: DO NOT attempt to go to that URL!

The single, best thing to remember is NEVER click links within an e-mail. If you receive an e-mail like this and are concerned, open up a browser and manually go to the site (e.g. and sign into your account.

 Posted by at 3:47 pm
Mar 292012

It may be convenient to purchase electronic books through Apple’s iBookstore, but in most cases you’ll be paying too much.  In fact, the Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest U.S. publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books.  See the Wall Street Journal article U.S. Warns Apple, Publishers

Here’s an example: The 12th Planet by Zecharia Sitchin, at the time of this post, is $16.99 from Apple’s iBookstore.

The same book is $7.59 at Amazon!  Quite a difference in price.

If you use an iPhone or iPad to read books, there is a solution.  Go to the Apple App Store and install the free Kindle Reader App.  After it’s installed, open it up and register your device by entering your Amazon account information.  Next, log into Amazon and purchase your book. Notice there is the option “Deliver to:”  Here, you can select your registered Apple devices.

And within just a couple minutes, you have your book and saved money.  In the above example, I saved $9.40 (over 55%).  Why pay more?

 Posted by at 1:50 pm