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Method and System for Previewing an Email to Prevent Phishing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000203250D
Publication Date: 2011-Jan-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 173K

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The IP.com Prior Art Database

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Ruiyuan David Duan: INVENTOR [+2]

Abstract

A method and system for previewing an email to prevent phishing is disclosed. An image of the entire email is produced to graphically display suspicious items in the email without requiring users to actually open the email.

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Method and System for Previewing an Email to Prevent Phishing

Abstract

A method and system for previewing an email to prevent phishing is disclosed.  An image of the entire email is produced to graphically display suspicious items in the email without requiring users to actually open the email.  

Description

Disclosed is a method and system for previewing an email to prevent phishing.

Currently, an email may be incorrectly classified as a “safe” email based on just a spam score associated with the email.  If the spam score is below a threshold, the email may be inferred to be safe.  However, not all emails that are below a spam threshold may be safe.  Accordingly, users may not be certain whether to open the email.  Additionally, phishing emails may look very similar to the real emails from the actual vendor and may be difficult to distinguish.

The method and system disclosed herein involves marking incoming emails that contain suspicious content and that stay below the spam threshold.  Thereafter, an image file for the email is produced and an explanation is added to the image file by highlighting the suspicious content as illustrated in the figure.

Figure

For emails that contain certain tracking keywords or URLs in an authentic vendor’s email template, the incoming emails are compared to the email template of an authentic vendor to generate a graphical presentation of the differences.  Here, the email templates may be initially obtained from the actual vendor...