Tim Brown July 27, 2011

I hope no spammers read your blogs for ideas!

Especially concerning the shift away from the PC market, I remember reading a report about how much more difficult it was for a person to recognize a spoofed website on a mobile browser. Sure, tablets offer a lot of the functionality of a desktop, but often without the intense levels of diagnostics and security. So absolutely, I would be looking at that ballooning market, and probably salivating while doing so.

William Lowe July 28, 2011

Spam and the mobile market is going to be a huge problem. I reckon that a well written spam email has a greater chance of being actioned on a mobile than on a desktop. Fake websites are harder to spot on mobile devices and tablet (as Tim Brown says) and users could be tricked into revealing details they shouldn’t.

Having said that, my general policy is that if I get a email which seems in any way suspicious ( because it is unsolicited or if it is spoofed and doesn’t quite fit with the character of the sender) then I always deal with it on my desktop and not on my iPad.

Joseph Clay July 30, 2011

I do appreciate your sense of humor but I think you are too intelligent to become a spammer. :) Otherwise, the hints you give are useful for everybody because we need to be on the watchout for all the new tricks, such as personalization and targeting mobile devices.

Jamie Campbell August 1, 2011

Hey Tim, I hope they don’t read them either, because I doubt they have a sense of humor! It’s a brave new world, isn’t it? I got my first Android phone last week (moved on from the iPhone), and the first thing I noticed was just how open everything is. I’ve gotten the requisite firewall and antivirus software, but I can’t shake how this new opportunity is going to line the spammers’ pockets.

Jamie Campbell August 1, 2011

Great advice, William, and I agree. One of the things about mobile devices is that they’re mobile (well, duh, right?), meaning that people are on the move when they read their email. IMHO, people on the move tend not to be as cautious as, say, when they’re at home in front of their computer. Besides, now that so many devices are permeating our d2d use, we have to be aware that different devices handle threats differently and that the wolf in sheep’s clothing comes in many different forms.

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