Users of some browsers will see
the location as http://email@example.com/nsajoke.htm,
but other browsers like the newer versions of Internet Explorer will
only show you the "http://" along with the last part after the @ symbol, or just give you a syntax error message.
However, I could just as easily have hidden the location bar on your Web browser and you would've been none the wiser.
If this had actually been
somebody trying to con you into giving out personal information, they
would have asked you for bank account, credit card, and social security
numbers, as well as any PIN you use. And they would've tried to
make you think they were a bank, not the NSA, and used better graphics to make it look more convincing...
There are ways that bad people can make this look even more convincing by
having a domain name combined with a TLD (Top Level Domain, like .com,
.net, and .org) after the @ symbol that won't raise suspicion, but I
won't give anybody ideas by telling them what they can use.
Remember, do not
trust any link that has an @ character in it, unless it's only an e-mail link and
even then, you should check the link's properties by right-clicking
on it and selecting Properties from the list, to make certain that it
only has the stuff that it's supposed to have in it, and doesn't
start with "http". If it starts with an "http", it's not an e-mail link. E-mail links all begin with "mailto", which tells your computer that what follows it is an e-mail address.
But, I can also make a link that will tell your computer to do
things, like delete files. A link like that can be put on a Web
page, but is sometimes given to people in an e-mail, so you may want to
avoid clicking on any links in e-mails, unless you check out its
Sorry, guys, but I'm not giving out the code for that. Naughty, naughty!
Hey, how many other people would alert you to this kind of a
trick so you'll know what to look out for? You can count them on
the fingers of one hand. If you're lucky enough to find them at all...
Disclaimer: The use of the name National Security Agency is in no way
attempting to impersonate them, as I have explained that this is not their site
and I have even said so on the Title Bar, the banner near the top of this
page, and provided a link to this part where I tell that this page is
not part of the NSA Website. In fact, I'll even give you a link
to their real site: National Security Agency
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