Thursday, June 11, 2009

Windows 7 RC: minor follow-up

I've discovered that right clicking on various parts of the taskbar/jumplist brings up some menus I find useful - so that's a great help.

However, quite a few times when I only meant to click on the title bar of a maximised window I've accidentally restored it - maybe some use of SM_CXDRAG/SM_CYDRAG would be an idea here (?)

Also, with regards to the UPEK Protector Suite issues, to be fair to them after some correspondence they've basically fixed most of the problems, so I have a working fingerprint reader now ;)

The only other gripe I have at the moment is that there is far too much stuff in the left pane of file open & save dialogs. I was quite happy with the way it was in Vista where I had shortcuts to everything I needed.. but never mind.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Credit card fraud

Recently, my credit card was used fraudulently online. It seems to be part of a recent spate of fraudulent transactions relating to people who have shopped at a particular online retailer at some point.

The fraudulent transaction itself went through a third party processor, but there was a merchant name alongside it in my credit card statement.

A quick Google search shows only one website of significance going by that name. It is a website selling some kind of web hosting related software. A quick glance at the website reveals nothing too untoward. However, a bit of further digging and some oddities crop up - such as the 'Buy Now' link just takes you back to the homepage. There are a few other inconsistencies as well.

At this point I was suspicious, and thought that perhaps this website was just set up in order to get an account from the payment processor. Presumably, he would use this account himself to process fraudulent transactions. (I do not profess to know how likely this theory could be.)

I looked up the domain name's whois details, which again threw up some items of interest. In particular, a web search of the name of the person the domain was registered to indicated that he has apparently been involved in some eBay fraud too, and threw up his bank details.

It was at this point, I felt like I had too much information (again). What do I do with all this information? Is there actually someone that would care about it? I may never know.......