Over the weekend, a widespread phishing scam hit Twitter where users were lured in through bad links via Direct Messages that ultimately let spammers take over their Twitter account. These types of phishing scams on popular social networking sites like Twitter highlights that the threat landscape continues to evolve – and at a rapid pace. Social networks open up more opportunities to deliver malware and phishing scams to people who it looks like you trust. “Well Internet Explorer 8 come to the rescue, “when you click on the Twitter link using IE8, the screen appear:
Based on this screen, you know something was wrong with this link. First – the real domain is in dark black in address bar. By highlighting the real domain in black in address bar and making it stand out from the rest of the URL, IE8 makes it clear you’re on a site you may not know. The other way that IE8 tells you something is wrong is hard to miss – all that red! This’s the SmartScreen Filter in action as seen with huge red screen and big red shields with Xs on them.