What would you do if you got an email like this?
If you practice “safe-hex” you would know not to click on the link to confirm your email address – to anybody, any time. Not your bank, not the government, not any business, and not Network Solutions. But that’s who sent me this email – Network Solutions.
This email has all the characteristics of a “phishing” email – “Phishing is typically carried out by email spoofing or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter details at a fake website whose look and feel are almost identical to the legitimate one.”
I’m sure if I had clicked on the Confirm button it would have taken me to a web site where I would have been asked to enter my Network Solutions Username and Password.
Sorry, Network Solutions, I’m not going to do that. Clicking that link would go against everything we’ve been trying to teach people about how to practice safe computing.
If you want me to confirm my email address, send me an email that contains the instructions on how to do that.
I had a conversation on Twitter this morning with Network Solutions about this – they apologized for the “inconvenience” and pointed me to a post on their blog that says: “please rest assured that these are legitimate, and not a “phishing” scam.”
I’m still not going to click that link, Network Solutions. Sorry – you’ll have to find another way.