Scammers are taking advantage of fast typers and lack of attention. And if you have ever typed an extra “o” in Google, then you might be susceptible to being hacked too.
By purchasing domain names similar to legitimate ones, scammers are able to gain traction and lure unsuspecting web users to fall into their hacks. Some well-known examples include gooogle.com, twtter.com, and netflix.om. By adding an extra letter, or subtracting one, web users can come across a site that tries to mistake itself for something it is not and fool people into downloading content that harbors hacking access to devices.
Luckily, when someone accidentally types the wrong url such as linkedin.om, they won’t immediately become victim to cybercrime. The page will usually ask you to download something as an upgrade—a ploy to download malicious material on your computer. Just close the browser and ignore any password requests or download invitations.
Best Practices for Internet Safety
There are quite a few things that can be done to avoid falling victim to these typo-expecting websites. First, when you type in a url, double check that it’s the right one. Sometimes the website itself won’t immediately look wrong. Often times the scheme goes as far as copying colors and content to make it appear to be the correct website. So always double check that the url is correct.
Second, don’t download content without looking into what it is and why it’s needed. If you come across a website and it says you’re missing flash, check to see why the site would suggest the download and consider why you need it. Don’t ever download anything if you don’t know what it is or why it’s needed.
Thirdly, if you’re using a website that ask for a password, be extra cautious that you’re on the right website. Some fake websites will ask for your password, hoping for an easy way to steal your login information. And for people not paying attention, they might just type it in. So make sure you look for the security and specific features of your website. And just in case, double check what you typed, especially if it’s a place that harbors sensitive and valuable information, like your bank or credit card site.
Lastly, be smart. Take the time to be aware of what you are doing. If you’re doing something important, use caution. Avoid downloading things blindly. Look for red flags. Hackers will try anyway to get what they want, so do not make it easy for them. And some browsers will even help you out, for example, by telling you when you reach a site that does not appear to right.
Tips for Businesses to Avoid Typo Hacks
As a company, it is not possible for you to make site users smarter. You cannot prevent them from making mistakes. However, you can help prevent your consumers and audiences in one respect. Some companies have taken to buying similar domain names to be a step ahead of hackers. Buy up the yourcompany.om and yourcompanyc.om to avoid hackers from taking advantages there.
All in all, the best way to avoid getting hacked is to be aware of cybercrime schemes and using technology smartly.