I couldn’t tell you the first time I got Rickrolled. By now you’ve heard of it, from Google or the Nightly News to the guy two cubicles down who’s always late to the Internet party. Once, it was a surprise to click on what promised to be an election-year gaffe, a great deal on flash memory, or a review of the best chimichanga in West Los Angeles…only to be treated to that fine young man Rick Astley belting out “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
At first it’s perplexing. Then, perhaps for a nanosecond, amusing. By the time your mother-in-law with the Mac SE and 2400 baud dial-up AOL connection ...
As a follow-up to my earlier post this week, I noticed that Walt Mossberg posted today a helpful article and short video clip on "social engineering" that offers several specific tips on avoiding online scams. For example:
1. Never, ever click on a link embedded in an email that appears to come from a financial institution, even if it’s your own bank or brokerage and even if it looks official right down to the logo. The same goes for payment or auction services, like PayPal or eBay (EBAY).
More solid tips are available at Mossberg's All Things Digital site.
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