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From SpamWatch to ScamWatch, New Security Measures...
Eudora is proud to take the lead among all email clients to provide some user protection against 'phishing' schemes, the latest Internet menace. Succeeding SpamWatch and MoodWatch, ScamWatch is the latest in a series of innovative features designed to protect users' security, while still enabling them to manage the growing volume of email.

A new TRUSTe study found that 70% of email users unknowingly visited a spoofed Web site and 15% have divulged personal information such as credit card or social security numbers.

"Phishing" is the act of sending an email falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise, in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that can be used for identity theft.

In response to the growing problem of online 'phishing' schemes, Eudora 6.2 introduced ScamWatch, which analyzes the weblinks within email messages for deceptive phishing practices and warns the user to exercise caution before making the connection. Specifically, ScamWatch looks for the use of IP addresses rather than hostnames or hostnames in link URLs that don't match hostnames in the link text.

How ScamWatch works:
Locating the cursor over an embedded email hypertext link produces a URL check. If the link served in email is different from the landing page URL or is an IP address rather than a hostname, a yellow pop-up window points out the difference, as shown in the examples below.

A yellow pop-up warns you if you mouse-over a suspicious link.
A yellow pop-up warns you if you mouse-over a suspicious link.
A yellow pop-up warns you if you mouse-over a suspicious link.

Clicking on a suspicious link would produce a warning, like this:
ScamWatch warns you if you've clicked on a suspicious link!

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