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Google 13th anniversary awards held in UK email spam

Posted by TechGeek on November 23, 2011

This is yet another spam email circulating over the internet. This time a big brand name Google is used by spammers with lot more details in order to convince victim to think if it is coming from real Google. The even mentioned by spam email says “Google 13th Anniversary Awards as organized by the Anniversary Centre of Google Inc., held on Sept. 27th, 2011 in the United Kingdom”.

The email has been written so well that people will convince thinking it’s a true event and may provide their personal information. Even the email says the prize won must be claimed by the email owner only, not later than 30 days from the date of notification.” The spam email comes with subject line “Award Notification!!” with sender as Google UK. Here are the contents of the email,

Congratulations!!

We are pleased to inform you that your email address attached to file No: G13/B-1/2011 with award reference no: GGL2011/244/M-13 has been selected to receive an award of Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds (£ 500,000.00) in the last batch of Google 13th Anniversary Awards as organized by the Anniversary Centre of Google Inc., held on Sept. 27th, 2011 in the United Kingdom.

Google Inc randomly selected 13 email addresses through a computer ballot system to receive £ 500,000.00 prize money each as a part of their for-profit philanthropic wing (GOOGLE.ORG) promotion. The prize won MUST be claimed by the email owner ONLY, not later than 30 days from the date of notification.

Send your complete personal information with your award ref. and file no. to enable us process your claim;

1. Full name:

2. Country :

3. Contact Address:

4. Telephone or Mobile:

5. Marital Status:

6. Occupation:

7. Sex:

8. Age:

9. Email:

 Dr. Barry Petko

Director of Operations, Google Claim Centre

Tel: +44 701 028 5565 or +44 871 315 0967

Fax: +44 870 495 6313 or +44 870 471 8742

Email: gglclaims@gmail.com or googleanndraws@live.co.uk

Please do not reply if you are NOT the owner of this email address.

Sincerely Yours,

Google Management

Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Founders of Google Inc.) committed 1% of Google’s equity, 1% of profits, employee time, and in-kind giving of products and services to doing good. Keep your award information confidential to avoid double claims.”

The last few lines are amazing and spammer even used the Google founder names. Avoid such emails and never share personal information over the email.

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Do you know you can have a fun with Google gravity

Posted by TechGeek on September 15, 2011

I just got to know something cooler related to Google gravity. It’s a definitely a fun and you will love it.

Google Gravity

Google Gravity

Good creativity behind this. Follow the steps to see the fun.

  1. Go to www.google.com
  2. Type “Google gravity” in the search bar.
  3. Click on the first link in the search result. The first link should be mrdoob.com.
  4. Wait for few seconds to start the fun.
  5. Every tab, search bar will fall down due to gravitational force. You can play with those tabs for fun. You can drag and drop those tabs.
  6. Also the search bar will be active even if it falls down. If you played with these tabs, its time to do extra fun with Google.
  7. Type anything in the Google search bar and hit Enter.
  8. Look for another fun by Google. Your search results will immediately fall down.
  9. Play with them and have fun. Interesting.

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Use Google SMS search on your mobile

Posted by TechGeek on August 19, 2011

Mobile users and fans of Google in India, we often use Google search to find all the information like nearby restaurants, movie times, aircraft, etc. This requires an Internet connection to your computer. When you are not near your computer, you use mobile devices with an Internet connection to search for information. Most of the mobile devices lacks internet facility or does not support internet.

Then can you use Google search on your mobile phones even if you don’t have internet facility? Yes, you can use Google SMS for your phone.

The Google SMS search works similar to web search engine on your phone. You can get cricket scores, train schedules & ticket status, horoscopes, movie showtimes, restaurant information etc. through text SMS on your phone. You don’t have to pay a premium charge for any of this, just the price of a standard SMS. Simply send your search query by SMS to 9-77-33-00000 and Google will send you results back by SMS immediately.

This is really helpful if you are at unknown place and need to find places to hang out or restaurants to eat.

Save 9-77-33-00000 on your phonebook for quick and easy access to Google SMS. All GSM/CDMA mobile operator networks are supported such as Aircel, Airtel, BPL, BSNL, Idea, Reliance, Spice, Tata, and Vodafone. Remember, incoming messages from Google are not charged.

Google SMS search turns your mobile into internet enabled mobile for sure. You can read more about it here.

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Protect from Phishing websites using domain highlighting feature

Posted by TechGeek on August 18, 2011

Phishing is an act of tricking someone into providing their confidential information such as usernames, passwords and other sensitive information. Generally, phishing is done via e-mail messages or on websites which claims to be a legitimate site. Attackers create random domain names which look alike the legitimate websites to fool victim. They host a similar page on fake websites, so that the victim assumes it is a legitimate website and enter confidential information. People generally do not look for exact URL in the address bar.

Domain names are created in such a way that it looks like a legitimate domain. For example, attacker hosts a webpage similar like Facebook login page and creates a domain name like “www.faccebook.com” or “www.faceboook.com”. If you look at the examples, few extra characters are added into the domain names so that it can look like real “www.facebook.com” website.

Do read: Stay away from online Phishing and Vhishing scams

Today, most web browsers have a great feature called domain highlighting in the URL. Users will notice URL bar in most of the browsers which highlights a website’s domain name to help quickly identify where you are on the Web. This feature helps draw user’s eyes to the domain name when looking at a long URL. This way users can see exact domain name and can prevent themselves going to phishing websites. Here’s how different browsers highlights domain names,

Google Chrome (Ver: 13)

Mozilla Firefox (Ver: 6):

Internet Explorer 8:

While Google Chrome highlights entire domain name including subdomain, Firefox and IE highlights only main domain name. This is really a good feature provided by different browsers so that we can easily see the exact domain name. This will defiantly prevent users going to wrong or fake websites.

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