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Review Entries for Day Monday, 26 February 2007

I've just read Daniel Robinson's article "Flash needs a content kill switch" in today's issue (26th February 2007) of IT Week in which he expresses his opinion that many web designers over use Flash content. He is particularly upset by its use by advertisers and notes that it presents serious usability issues.

I fully support his opinion. I strongly believe that web sites should be mainly constructed using HTML rather than Adobe Flash content. I generally only consider Flash content to be acceptable where it is being used to enhance existing content. This might be by providing a product demonstration, fly-through or some other interactive presentation in addition to HTML accessible content about the same topic.

I would also concede that sometimes a small amount of Flash content can enhance the visual aspect of a page, but the page should certainly be capable of display without the Flash plug-in being loaded (ie: the content is optional) and should not be an essential part of the message.

I very rarely wait for Flash-only sites to load. However, if a generally non-Flash web site sufficiently fires my enthusiasm about something I am interested in, I will wait to see its interactive Flash demonstration - but I like to be given the option so that I know what I am letting myself in for.

My lack of enthusiasm does not appear to be unique. I have come across many people who have cursed Flash content - most recently Daniel Robinson.

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Monday, 26 February 2007 16:31:28 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, 20 February 2007

I would just like to warn business people in the United Kingdom who might have recently completed a Self-Assessment Tax Return of a particularly ingenious (if not nasty) phishing scam.

Technically, it is not much as far as phishing scams go, but its timing and content might just lull some people into acting on it.

The email advises the recipient that HM Revenue and Customs have just completed their calculation of the recipient's tax return and notifies them that they have actually overpaid some tax.

The deadline for the submission of self-assessment tax returns is the 31st January, so such an email is at least plausible in February - and who would not be pleased to receive a tax rebate?

The email lures the victim to a repayment page, which asks for their account details, and I suspect that this is where their nightmares would really start if they did provide their details...

The actual email contains absolutely no information relating to the recipient, which should ring the alarm bells of those receiving them.

My comments on another (technically much nastier) phishing scam earlier this month about looking out for and including "shared interactions" in your emails apply here, so if you think you might have been lured, then you should read that blog entry too.

You have been warned!!

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Tuesday, 20 February 2007 16:53:22 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Wednesday, 07 February 2007
There is a particularly nasty phishing scam in circulation, which has been reported on by Tom Young of Computing (6th February 2007). Apparently, the scam involves an email with a (fraudulent) link to an "as yet" un-named British bank. Most such links in this sort of scam email actually point to an address that is different to that of the bank's real web site. It may be very similar to the real thing, but nonetheless, it is different.
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