With close to 20,000+ Phishing sites discovered in February 2007 we believe that there should be better tools for finding these phishing sites. Most of the newer browsers have a Phishing warning system built into them. The warning system in your browser is a bit of a hit or miss when it comes to protecting you
As all phishing comes through email I asked why is there not a plug-in for Outlook to find phishing. I searched and could not find a simple solution that would tell me if an email is phishing. Instead of waiting for one to be built we put our developmentÂ team at Manticore Media to the test to make one.
TheÂ challenge was to make a programÂ thatÂ works onÂ ourÂ clients’Â many different machines and yetÂ was stillÂ super simple to use. We foundÂ that the mainÂ problem withÂ phishing emails isÂ that the phishersÂ generally hide their fake links in either an image or through a text link. All the emails come through as HTML so the email would have to be inspected for links.
WeÂ came to the conclusionÂ that the easiest way to reveal ifÂ an email isÂ phishing is toÂ expose the link so itÂ is visible to the end user. Example:
Â Update your paypal (http://www.payp8l.com)
Is this method fool proof?Â No but we feel that our tool will help eliminate a lot of the phishing that goes on. This will allow the end user toÂ see exactly where a link is taking them before they click on it.
We are done the Alpha test and now need a few beta testers. The plug-in works for Outlook 2000, 2003 and 2007. If you would like to participate in the beta testing please leave a comment sayingÂ your Operating System and Outlook versionÂ and we will get you setup.
Please note the plug-in does not work with Outlook Express. Depending on the success of this tool we will consider doing an Outlook Express plug-in later.