Friday, May 16, 2008

Here's a whoopsie to start the day

Hi folks,

One of the rolling headlines on AOL.com this morning is this ...

"Disgraced 'Oprah' Author Is Back",




and if you click on the link, you're taken to this page...



Attentive readers of this blog will immediately recognize that as being a probable fake codec, but not everyone is an attentive reader of this blog, and if you click the link, you're rewarded with this screen...



Folks, the rule is this ... if ever you have to install a codec to watch a vid, DON'T!!!. It's just not worth the risk. Btw, these guys frequently target MAC users too. It's increasingly common for them to look at your OS platform and offer up a MAC binary instead of Windows.

Btw, I know that AOL takes security seriously, so if they can get caught, anyone can get caught with this trick.

And shout-outs to Bruce for noticing this one.

Keep safe folks!

Roger

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3 Comments:

At 1:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANKS SO MUCH FOR THAT ALERT! I, FOR ONE FEELING SO COMFORTABLE WITH FIREWALL/ANTIVIRUS/ANTISPAM/ANTIPHISHING-PROTECTED-PC'S WOULD HAVE JUST AUTOMATICALLY DOWNLOADED THE CODEC WITHOUT THINKING! THANKS SO MUCH FOR PEOPLE THAT CARE, LIKE YOU,WHO REMIND THE WORLD ...HEY! STOP LOOK AND LISTEN!!!

Isabel Gonzalez
Matraville, NSW, Australia

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger Peter said...

Thanks for the info but the photos were too blurred to understand

 
At 7:19 PM, Blogger Roger Thompson said...

Hi Pete,

Nah ... if you click on any given photo is pops up full size, and perfectly legible.

Cheers

Roger

 

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