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warning to LJ users

I just got an email saying appearing to be from Livejournal saying that someone sent me a message. Inside was a link appearing to be to YouTube to "watch the message." There was another link to "go to your inbox." If I didn't know better, I would think this was legitimate.

The tip off? This did not come to an email address associated with my LJ account.

Friends, LJ would not send you messages like this with links to YouTube. If your email notifications are enabled, the text of the message is always shown inside. Never click a link like that. In fact, it is best practice never to click go-to links from inside suspicious emails at all. I will click reply links from inside emails where my message is quoted and someone's comment is shown. Those always lead to http://3kitties.livejournal.com/blahblahblah (entry number and comment mess--the key here is 3kitties.livejournal.com). If the link takes me anywhere else, I should not put in my login info.

Just a friendly warning about a new type of phishing attempt that seems to be circulating using LJ identification info.


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May. 12th, 2012 03:27 pm (UTC)
To add to this, you can check where a link goes without clicking on it by hovering the mouse over it and looking at the status bar. Good way to make sure a link goes somewhere legit before clicking, if you're not sure.
May. 12th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
link checking
Sadly, there is not an effective way to do this with a screen reader. It can be done but is very clunky and not easy to do for most users.
May. 12th, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC)
Re: link checking
I do it all the time with JAWS. I don't think it's complicated as long as you can remember three keystrokes ... I just route the JAWS to PC cursor (INSERT + NUM PAD MINUS), read the status bar (INSERT + END), and then turn the Virtual PC cursor back on (NUM PAD PLUS).

I suppose it does depend on the screen reader you use (not all of them can do this), but with JAWS and Internet Explorer it works a majority of the time. I do find it doesn't work nearly as well with Firefox, for some reason. Someone could simplify the above to one keystroke with a simple script (hmmm, maybe a good project for me ...). Overall, I don't think it's any more complicated than some of the convoluted layered keystrokes the newer versions of JAWS have.

It's actually a lot clunkier to do this with ZoomText, because there is no easy way to hover the mouse over one thing and read something else in another area of the screen. You either end up scrolling the zoom window all over the place with the keyboard hoping ZT doesn't route the mouse to the zoom window, or you have to get into setting up freeze windows or reading zones (which are like JAWS frames and can get nitpicky and complicated).
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