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June 28, 2005

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It seems that Apple Mail has some built-in anti-phishing mechanism that I noticed only today after receiving a bogus "Paypal" mail:

anti-phish in Apple Mail


Posted by Horst on June 28, 2005 12:46 AM to the body electric | Tell-a-friend

dieter said on June 28, 2005 11:29 AM:

Sorry, I don't get it. What was it exactly that Apple Mail did? Show you the difference between the displayed URL and the real link?

Horst said on June 28, 2005 11:36 AM:

Yes -- if you move your mouse pointer over a link in HTML mail, you get the real URL rather than the HTML-fabricated one.

I'm sure this doesn't work with every kind of phishing, but it's a good start.

Armin said on June 28, 2005 04:36 PM:

That's assuming people understand URLs, are able to interpret them and first of all spend the time to hover their mouse pointer over the link.

I estimate that 94.87% of all e-mail users and phishing mail recipients don't do any of it.

Neither is this functionality Apple Mail specific: The Bat! does this, as does MS Outlook (and therefore I assume MS Outlook Express as well). Those are the mail clients I'm familiar with, I guess others won't differ much.

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