Solution To Phishing: Ignore All Requests For Info

from the email's-dead-for-info-requests dept

As people are trying to come up with a "solution" to the phishing problem, it appears some people have come up with a perfectly workable solution: don't respond to any email asking for personal info, no matter how legitimate it looks. Part of the problem is that the phishing scams are very, very realistic looking. However, a bigger part of the problem is that banks and other companies don't take the threat seriously. Thus, they end up sending out mail that looks just like the mail phishers send. Because they still send out emails like this, they're effectively killing email as a channel of reasonable communication about account info. People are simply going to default to ignoring everything, just in case it's a scam.

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    Bawani, 9 May 2006 @ 8:06pm

    E-billing can solve phishing!!!!

    E-billing offers creditors the opportunity to send customized sales messages to recipients cost-effectively. Even messages sent to large segments of a utility company's database, for instance, can appear personalized for the recipient.

    Companies are able to use business rules to personalize every aspect of their communication. This includes highly targeted offers, rather than generic bill stuffers that no one ever reads.

    Companies can also conduct surveys [and] send out newsletters or service-change notifications.

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