PayPal: Steer clear of Apple's Safari
Posted 27 February 2008 - 06:25 PM
... less likely than whom? Previous IE users? IE 7 users from a few months back? Safari users? Rather an ambiguous statement without that info.
"He says IE 7 users are more likely to sign on to PayPal's Web site than users who don't have EV certificate technology, presumably because they're confident that they're visiting a legitimate site."
Not the most scientifically-drawn conclusion, is it?! The word "presumably" being key to the logic there...
Posted 27 February 2008 - 07:02 PM
Posted 27 February 2008 - 07:18 PM
Posted 27 February 2008 - 07:31 PM
"Opera, IE, and Firefox are "safer, precisely because we think they are safer for the average consumer,"
Wait a second, if upcoming versions of Firefox will have this technology, then how is the current Firefox safer. Speaking of fish, something smells in this article. They are safer because they think so?
Posted 27 February 2008 - 07:34 PM
Someone wants to have email capabilities and do their online banking as well, needs to know not to click on the links so conveniently provided from "Paypal" and "Bank of America" emails. You don't (or at least shouldn't) by a gun and carelessly play with it. You don't buy a car or motorcycle without knowing how to operate it. This is no different.
Here is one I get a good laugh at. My wife is on the phone with someone. In the midst of their conversation, the other person gets an email telling them of their auction they just won on ebay. Problem was, they didn't buy anything off ebay. But wait, here's a convenient link that says if you did not buy this product, log in right here to let us know. Click. I said "no he/she didn't." Yep. they did. Clicked right on that link and logged in. Lucky for them, it happened while they were talking to us. We had them go and change their password immediately.
Or talking to someone else. All of a sudden I hear someone else in the background talking about another email that claims something is wrong with their bank account, and shoot... they can click right here to fix the problem.
Real stories. So yes, now that technology has been dumbed-plugged-and-played down so much that anyone can use it without realizing the risks involved, they'll fall prey to phishers. Or even without knowing the one rule that can save so many butts - no legitimate financial institution is ever going to email you about a problem that they have with your account. Ever.
But for others like me, it doesn't mean a thing. I don't need any phishing technology built into my browser. I'm smart enough to enter my own links and never rely on anyone else to get me there.
Something else I see all the time. Old folks get that new fangled computer so that they can do some financial transactions on it. Then let their grandkids come over and and download all kinds of P2P software and warez and serialz application/databases. Catch some type of trojan from MySpace. They don't know about all that. Next thing you know, they are coming to me to change their direct deposit. They have no clue how someone withdrew $1000 from their account. These types of folks could benefit from what this Paypal dude is talking about. But in my opinion, these folks have no business using technology if they don't know how to use it.
It's like the folks who believe they will get some money from some son of someone important in some 3rd world country. If only they send them a check. And by the way, the request came in an email. They deserve what they get. I've actually seen the results of that one too.
I better step off this box....
Posted 27 February 2008 - 07:37 PM
Posted 27 February 2008 - 07:39 PM
However, in addition to Apple doing what it needs to do to improve security, couldn't Paypal using a similar security feature like Yahoo where you have a custom image appear in your emails from Paypal and when you sign into your account that shows that it's legitimately Paypal? The custom image you upload is tied to your computer. So you do it for every computer you use on a regular basis.
Posted 27 February 2008 - 08:05 PM
Seriously, has anyone ever talked to paypal about a transaction problem with a stolen account? The woman laughed when I mentioned that their site claims to be so secure... Laughed.
Posted 27 February 2008 - 08:37 PM