Another round of Dropbox Scam Emails Spikes my Blog

I have gotten about 10 or more fake dropbox invites this past few weeks, and a funny thing happened: my blog stats spiked like crazy! So, given that fact, I want to help people by reposting the link to that article that should show up in searches as being a fresher piece of info. Again, the advice remains the same, timeless in its wisdom: look before you click.

https://noivad.wordpress.com/2012/06/21/dropbox_invite_scam/

As previously commented: I seriously doubt Dropbox had anything to do with the release of email addresses. Instead, I think that the people phishing have compromised some end user systems and gathered data on who else might have dropbox installed.

Why Dropbox Would Sell Email Addresses

Someone commented that they wondered if Dropbox sold user email addresses. Based on what email address the phishing scam is going to, I would say no. Also, I mentioned that Dropbox makes its money by people upgrading their accounts, and would alienate paying customers if they did. So, the marginal income they would get for selling any customer info would easily be outweighed by the loss of revenue from customers going to one of the many other cloud backup and sync providers.

Personal Cloud Devices

Speaking of cloud or cloud like data access, I am close to purchasing Connected Data’s personal cloud device the Transporter once they can answer a few simple questions. Or I might go with Hyper or Akitio’s Personal Cloud devices. If anyone has experience with these devices, please contact me on app.net (the user name is the same), or comment here. Thanks for reading.

Bye the way: you tech heads need to make sure this Dual 2.1A USB adapter & extension cord succeeds because I need this product. I get nothing out of it but my reward level for backing it, BTW. However, by my estimates, nuPlug will miss funding by 3 days unless we help it out. So please pass this link to NuPlug’s Kickstarter. Daddy needs a new charging solution. I have stepped on extension cords; had to use 2 chargers for a 2.1A iPad and another device, and I have seen companies charging as much (or more) for just a Dual 2.1A USB charging adapter!

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3 thoughts on “Another round of Dropbox Scam Emails Spikes my Blog

    • There is no more a way to prevent phishing emails as there is to prevent someone sending a letter to your home address via bulk mailers. Email addresses are open to all senders by definition to allow people to contact you. Only a spam filter (trainable or otherwise) can deal with these before you see them, and “file” them in the junk mail folder as appropriate.
      The best defense to phishing attempts is to be wary, suspicious and vigilant. Check links & your URL for validity before you click. If you do not know how to read a URL, then check out OpenDNS’s quiz so you can see how good you are at ferreting out fake URLs.
      As a rule, I never click unsolicited links (even if a friend sent it), without some sort of verification that that person sent it (I carefully read the full URL and look for proper domain name and also look for queries everything after the page name and “?”

      Any company worth its salt will not send out unsolicited URLs in their emails with few exceptions. Solicited emails with URLs (like password reset you just requested minutes before) are okay, as are mailing lists for marketing you’ve signed up for, as long as you make sure the wording is in tone and the URLs are valid.

      If a person—known or unknown—sent an email warning of malware on my computer (or calls you with a thick accent), I would first verify through another channel the identity and/or examine the diction used for consistency with known/professional style. (I am known by my friends for my writing style, and will always pick up the phone to warn them when I suspect they’ve been hacked.)

      When in doubt navigate to site manually by typing the known URL instead of clicking a link. dropbox.com will only use a dropbox.com domain, and not “droplꜿox.ru” or some other suspicious URL.

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