MySpace was one of the first websites to start the social networking boom. It is not the most visited social networking site anymore – this is Facebook by now – but still visited by millions of users per day.
That naturally results in users having problems logging into the website from time to time. A second problem is that MySpace users are regularly targeted by hackers and phishers and that this can also result in the account being inaccessible.
A MySpace user experiencing login issues needs to analyse the situation carefully. Is the MySpace website loading? Are error messages displayed? Are the MySpace username or password accepted?
Security is important. Computer security basically consists of protecting data from unauthorized access. Data can be anything from files on the computer system over personal information of the user to tax documents, photos or credit card transactions. Many Internet users do not see it that way and reduce it to protecting the computer against computer virus attacks.
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If you ever worked in tech support you know that there are users who have to use computers without having a clue what is going on. Those users open a website by entering its url in the search form, click on links in emails, open attachments and do many other things that experienced computer users call foolish or at least a security risk.
I have met many PC users who could not tell me on which website they were currently on and it took a lot of navigating around before they could tell me.
This guide is for those users. It will explain how to find out on which website you are and if it is the right website. This may sound trivial to experienced users but believe me when I say that it can benefit inexperienced users.
This guide will use Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 web browser. Other web browsers, like Firefox, usually have a similar layout.
Here is a handy phishing flow chart that can help inexperienced computer users in analyzing potentially dangerous emails. Check out our how to identify phishing attacks guide for additional information and tips on phishing attacks.
The flow chart basically walks a user through the analysis of an email. It begins by identifying the sender and then checking consecutively if the email contains links or attachments and if it requests personal information.
PayPal offers a very popular financial service on the Internet. This can be attributed in part to its integration in eBay but also the fact that users can transfer money worldwide easily. Its popularity makes PayPal also the most phished brand in the world and users should be aware of the fact that criminals target PayPal more often than other services.
The standard PayPal login looks like the following:
Phishing is an attack form that is usually carried out by email. The term phishing is made up of the two words password and fishing which describes the basic concept. Attackers try to convince the user that the email has been send by a trusted organization. Most phishing emails fake emails from financial organizations like PayPal or banks but other services like social networking sites such as Facebook or MySpace are also targeted by phishers.
Links in those emails lead to fake websites that look like the original website. The only purpose of those fake websites is to catch the login data of the user who does not realize that the fake website is not the real one.