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Verify the Website

May 4, 2017

When you are looking for information or products online, make sure you are on the website you intended to visit, or are going to the correct site.

 

One particular sneaky technique used by cyber criminals is called typosquatting.  Typosquatting is when someone purposely owns a website that is similar to a trusted website but with a typo in the address. For instance, the website “thisissafe” might be trusted, but the website “thisisafe” could be a malicious website using typosquatting. People are often linked to these incorrect, but very closely named websites through phishing emails sent out by malicious actors. Many websites look the same, and sometimes criminals or other unscrupulous folks use the names and logos of trustworthy companies to mislead you. In some forms of attack, a user being led to a false, but convincing copy of a known website will be prompted to enter their legitimate credentials, which are stolen by the malicious actor who set up this ruse.

 

A good practice is to not click a link that is provided in your emails and to instead go type the intended website’s address directly into your browser to ensure you get to the right place.

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