How many times have you received email that purports to be from a friend, or from someone with whom you do business, only to find out that you nearly got taken in by a fake?
We here at the Internet Patrol, and our parent company, the Institute for Social Internet Public Policy, are offering readers of the Internet Patrol an exciting opportunity to take part in the testing of a new browser add-on that will help to protect you against such spoofing.
The way that it works is that by installing this tiny browser add-on (guaranteed to be safe by the Internet Patrol, ISIPP, and me personally), you will be able to tell instantly if an email sender is really who they claim to be or not. For example, if you get an email that claims to be from the Internet Patrol, if it’s really from us, it displays our little safety seal – right in your inbox! That way you know before you ever open the email whether it’s safe to open.
On the other hand, if it claims to be from us, but doesn’t have our seal of safety, that means that it’s not really from us!
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This protection will be provided to you whether you use Hotmail, Gmail, or Yahoo. It even works with Outlook!
In addition, for email which passes the test and which you have requested, you will no longer have to worry about whitelisting that email, as this program will automatically ensure that the email isn’t accidentally thrown away as spam!
This is a tiny browser add-on, and the single installation works with both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
To test it out and see it in action in your inbox, simply download it here:
Please note that during the testing phase only a limited number of senders are being authenticated – however please do feel free to suggest to us any senders that you would like to see being authenticated sooner, rather than later! In the meantime, seeing the safety seal is still proof of the sender’s identity however the lack of the seal alone should not be taken to mean that the email is a spoof.
For an immediate test, after installing the add-on, you can go to any (or all) of the following sites, and sign up for the mailings (these are all ISIPP-controlled publications, so you can be assured that your unsubscribes will be immediately honoured, although of course you are welcome to continue receiving them after you test them out!):
http://www.TheInternetPatrol.com (only publishes once a week, on Fridays)
http://www.AllAboutWorms.com (publishes once a day Monday through Friday)
http://www.AllAboutCruisesAndMore.com (publishes once a day Monday through Friday)
http://www.DearEsq.com (publishes once a day Monday through Friday)
Once you have started seeing the safety seals in your inbox view, please feel free to report back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments and any suggestions, as well as suggestions of any senders you’d like to see being authenticated (for example Paypal, eBay, Amazon, etc.).
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