by Judith Dinowitz, Master Editor-in-Chief
I like to keep up on the news. And of course, which tool helps me more than a Google News Alert? I'm sure many people feel the same way, and use Google News Alerts to keep up with the latest news, articles and blog posts on a given subject.
Well, the virus writers have now taken advantage of that trust.
Tonight I got an email with a Google News Alert. My first impulse was to click on the link and see what the article had to say. I clicked through, and came to a page on construction – how strange, I thought! Construction has nothing to do with the subject I saw in my news alert.
I have sent this to firstname.lastname@example.org, and hopefully they'll not only stop these people, but put in some sort of fix to make sure it doesn't happen again. Meanwhile, other people will get caught with this, and we'll have another rash of viruses coming along. Any time you go to a site that you get through a Google News Alert, remember that it's not a Google site. It is someone else's content and you should treat it like you do any other site that you go to. Don't automatically trust.
Judith Dinowitz is the Master Editor-in-Chief of the House of Fusion magazines and journals, where she enjoys serving up ColdFusion and Flex goodness on a weekly and quarterly basis.