Scholastic’s response to a TechCrunch post yesterday—about someone putting page photos of the current not-yet-available eighth and final book on BitTorrent—is incredibly naive and maddening. Then again, maybe the impetus behind the scary-sounding take-down letter is promotion, not intimidation.
McAfee SiteAdvisor has a little quiz about phishing. I only got a C (7/10), but learned some things by taking the test. Designers can help educate people in these areas by not only visiting sites like these to educate themselves, but in better understanding the cues people need to differentiate scams from legitimate business. One of the keys to battling phishing is education, but better design can be an effective weapon, too.