Microsoft Helps Fight Phishing

10 Apr

Have you ever received a suspicious email that wanted you to provide sensitive information? You were most likely the target of a phishing scheme. Phishing is an attempt to acquire information from an email recipient such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as trustworthy entities, such as a bank or government agency.

It is a problem on the rise. Worldwide, phishing attacks increased 37 percent from 2010 to 2011, according to the security firm RSA. Last year, RSA estimates, one out of every 300 e-mails included some kind of malicious link or phishing attempt.

In an effort to combat the problem, Microsoft recently announced that they are teaming up with Facebook, Google and others to provide a new specification to streamline how email providers figure out whether messages lead to phishing attacks and stop them.

Called DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance), this new specification offers a way for senders to be verified, and it creates a system that’s built on reputation. Ultimately, DMARC can block suspicious e-mails, based on certain levels of authentication, before they ever hit the inboxes of intended recipients.

To learn more about how you can protect yourself from phishing schemes and other online threats, be sure to check out our session, “PC Security” on your next Holland America Line cruise in the Digital Workshop Powered by Windows.

John Roberts – ms Noordam


One Response to “Microsoft Helps Fight Phishing”

  1. Ann April 12, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Can you tell me if the digital workshop is going to be put back on the Prinsendam? Big disappointment to find that the workshop has been removed. I have booked a 23 day and a SA Grand Voyage.and will miss it.

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