Help Prevent Spoofed URLs in Internet Explorer

After reading about the new Paypal scam involving spoofed websites, I decided there must be a way to double check websites without jumping through too many hoops. Turns out that the Microsoft website has some advice on identifying spoofed websites on the Microsoft Knowledge Base. (Now if they would only fix the problem!)

I took some of their suggestions and create a bookmarklet that will identify spoofed websites. The javascript was actually written by Microsoft, but putting it into an easy to use bookmarklet was my idea. The script will test the actual source URL against the current page url. If they are different, it may be a spoofed URL.

To use the bookmarklet, simply drag and drop the link to your favorites or links bar. To use it, just click the bookmarklet when you arrive on a suspicios site.

Spook Check Bookmarklet: Spoof Check

Spread the word to IE users on your blog – trackbacks welcome.

10 Comments on “Help Prevent Spoofed URLs in Internet Explorer”

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  2. I just spoof checked your blog. 😀 Thanks, Kevin! My website and email are down this morning. I feel so disconnected. :b

  3. See, Brian, this is the sort of thing that you could post on your weblog…if you would only get one started, slacker. 🙂

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  5. Please Help:
    What do I drag to my bookmark–is it the highlighted link? My dumb is showing! I want to shrink but I’d feel dumber if I didn’t ask!

    pt*):o

  6. Oh dear, you’re such an angel! Yes, just go back to the entry and drag that link to your bookmarks folder or links toolbar.

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