Industry heavyweights working together against email phishing

Industry heavyweights working together against email phishing

Posted on January 30th, 2012 by admin

 

Folks like Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, Bank of America, Facebook, LinkedIn, PayPal and others are circling the wagons to help protect us from unwanted email, in this case phishing emails.

(Wikipedia definition) Phishing is a way of attempting to acquire information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Simply put it is people trying to trick you into giving up secure data.  Sometimes they use logos of well known organizations, claim your system is infected, or otherwise impersonate someone you may trust or admire.

DMARC, an acronym for the standard, will essentially act as a way to flag and legitimize email messages before they get to your email server.  If an email is not flagged as a friendly, the server can be configured to take whatever action you deem fit – straight to junk, report it as SPAM or put it in a holding pen for individual review.

See the full story at “The Washington Post”:

 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/google-microsoft-yahoo-facebook-and-others-companies-team-up-to-combat-email-phishing/2012/01/30/gIQAYmGYcQ_story.html