ThimphuTech was the first technology blog in Bhutan. We started writing it in 2009, just as broadband and mobile internet started to take off. (Although internet in Bhutan was launched in 1999, it was either super-slow or super-expensive, and was only used by a selected few).

In the blog, we wrote about technology and food, but also about plenty of other stuff. The blog became popular and influential in Bhutan. A companion bi-weekly column -- Ask Boaz -- was published for many years in the Kuensel, Bhutan's national newspaper. (The complete Kuensel columns are available as an ebook, Blogging with Dragons).

We stopped updating the blog when we left Bhutan in 2014, but the information within the posts can still prove useful, and thus we decided to keep it online.

We thank all our readers.
Tashi Delek,
Boaz & Galit.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

New phishing scam using RMA's name

Today's Kuensel has the following ad by RMA (see image):

We reproduce this notification on to alert our readers. In a recent Kuensel article, Boaz warned about phishing:
"[Boaz] Shmueli said that with more local financial institutions offering internet banking, people should be careful about "phishing". Phishing is when an email falsely claims to be from a legitimate organisation and attempts to acquire personal information, usually accompanied with a threat that the account will be closed unless such information is sent back."
Quick notification of phishing scams is therefore of paramount importance. While posting notifications in the paper-version of newspapers is important, an equally if not more effective way of spreading this information quickly is including it on the newspaper websites, on the Royal Monetary Authority's homepage, and even on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter. Bloggers quickly pick up on such online notifications and spread the word.

Planning to point our readers to the original notification on the RMA website, I discovered that it was very awkward and user-unfriendly to find the notification, not to mention the format in which it is displayed (or rather, hidden). Browse to the RMA homepage and you will find nothing. Here's the secret path: From the abundance of links, find and click on Notifications and then again on Notifications in the sub-menu. You will then see a page as in the image below. Now scroll all the way down (why are the most recent notifications at the bottom?). Then click on the PDF icon (the text itself is unclickable) to reach a PDF file with the notification . Unfortunately, the notification "design" is much less appealing than the Kuensel notice.

Well hidden announcement!
Organizations should use their homepage in an effective way. This is their prime virtual real-estate and their window to the public. The main page should include announcements or notifications that are visible, updated regularly and easy to view.

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