Site Verify Tools - don't be a victim of spoofed websites
Have you heard about website spoofing? Here is a tiny addition to Internet Explorer that you really could use for any web transactions that deal with money. The program adds a couple of favorites to IE and it also adds a couple of options to your right click menu when you right click on a web page. It also adds a link to a help file on your desktop. Please read the help file at least once. (Thanks to Stephen at UR I.T. Mate Group for hosting the download)
Once the program is installed ...
If you are at a website and you aren't sure it's safe to enter personal information, just right click on it to make sure that you are where the address bar says you should be. You'll get a popup message telling you exactly where the website is hosted.
About the author: Me2 at CHC (the Computer Help Club) loves to help others and also knows an awful lot about Windows PC's. When you combine the two, you end up with a person you can trust to help you solve your PC problems. The club has many others there who are just as helpful. Drop by CHC and check it out. If you like what you see, it's easy to sign up so that you can ask questions or even submit answers to someone else's problem.
Quote from the help file - These tools can help you avoid becoming a casualty of "site spoofing", sometimes called "URL spoofing" (a URL is what you see in the address bar). A growing number of people are fooled into visiting malicious websites and giving personal information, such as credit card numbers, expiry dates, and so on (the scam operators promptly max out the cards). The victims do this because they believe they are at entirely different sites, such as their banks, PayPal, Microsoft Online Services, or similar.
A malicious site contains copies of pages from the legitimate site, or even the real pages displayed in "frames". The "URL spoofing" part of the scam is that checking the address bar does NOT reveal the fraud, because you don't see the REAL address. Instead, the address appears to show that you're on the legitimate site.
Although some methods used by these operators are blocked by Windows security updates, others are not, and new spoofing techniques are devised every week.