Typing mistakes that can cost you money, time and even your reputation.
You may have at some point typed a website into your browser and not received the expected result. For example you want to visit nationwide.co.uk but instead you got a fake anti virus alert which sends you into a panic. What is likely to have happened is that that when you type the web address you accidentally type the wrong website for example mnationwide comprar viagra en españa.co.uk. This website looks wrong and it is but some nasty hacker has purchased it and used it to redirect to either a fake anti virus page or worse to download software to your computer. This hacking technique is called typo-squatting. It is also sometimes called URL hijacking and is a form of cyber-squatting (sitting on sites under someone else’s brand or copyright). It is intent on redirecting you to another site that is owned by the hacker. Hackers often create fake websites that imitate the look and feel of your intended destination so you may not realise you’re at a different site. Sometimes these sites exist to sell products and services that are in direct competition with those sold at the website you had intended to visit, but most often they are intended to steal your personal identifiable information, including credit cards or passwords. The reason these hackers do this is because they know that people make mistakes and they can make money from it, lots of money.
In order to protect yourself against typo-squatters, we recommend the following to you:
Pay close attention to the spelling of web addresses or websites that look trustworthy but may actually be close imitations of the online retailer you are looking for.
Don’t click links in emails, texts, chat messages or social networking sites
Invest in a comprehensive security solution that protects all your devices, your identity and data
Implement a web protection system that can block and warn against malicious websites.