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Online Shopping and Counterfeit Goods – The Facts Don’t Lie

…gitimate. Shoppers need to be cautious when searching online to spread their holiday cheer and MarkMonitor suggests checking this list twice to find out if websites are naughty or nice: Check the URL: In a practice known as “typosquatting” fraudulent sites will often be under a misspelled brandname.com, attempting to trick consumers into thinking they are on a reputable website. Check the Price: Counterfeiters have been getting very smart about…

Tonight’s Special Guest: McAfee’s Most Dangerous Celebrity of 2014

…If a search turns up a link to free content or too-good-to-be-true offers, be wary Check the web address. Look for misspellings or other clues that the site you are going to may not be safe (for more on this, read my blog on typosquatting) Search safely.Use a Web safety advisor, such as McAfee® SiteAdvisor® that displays a red, yellow, or green ratings in search results, alerting you to potential risky sites before you click on them Protect…

Most Toxic Superhero 2014

…arch turns up a link to free content or too-good-to-be-true offers, be wary Double-check the web address: Look for misspellings or other clues that the site you are going to may not be safe (for more on this, read my blog on typosquatting) Search safely: Use a web safety advisor, such as McAfee SiteAdvisor that displays a red, yellow, or green ratings in search results, alerting you to potential risky sites before you click on them Protect…

Hectic Holidays Heavenly for Hackers

…d up clicking on something within the first few pages of your search results. Cybercriminals often setup up fakes sites that look real at URLs that are common misspellings or typos of well-known shopping sites (also known as typosquatting).Instead of typing in the URL of your favorite site, make sure you have a safe search plug-in installed on your browser, like McAfee® SiteAdvisor®, and search for that site. SiteAdvisor will then give you…

10 Ways to Protect Your Twitter Account From Getting Hacked

…you into giving up your Twitter or email username and password, usually so they can send out spam to all your followers from your account. Often, they’ll try to trick you with a link that goes to a fake login page. Beware of typosquatting or cybersquatting. Typosquatting, which is also known as URL hijacking, is a form of cybersquatting that targets internet users who accidentally type a website address into their web browser incorrectly. When…

Aquaman, King of the Seven Seas May Also be King of Threats

Wonder Twin powers activate! Shape of a Pterodactyl! Form of an icicle! Watching the Super Friends on Saturday mornings in my pjs while eating sugared cereal for breakfast and reading comic books was the extent of my relationship with super heroes. Ahh… those were much simpler times. Today kids can find everything they need to know (and more) about their favorite superhero online. And with computers, Internet-connected game consoles and mobile…

What is Typosquatting?

Typosquatting, also known as URL hijacking, is a form of cybersquatting (sitting on sites under someone else’s brand or copyright) that targets Internet users who incorrectly type a website address into their web browser (e.g., “Gooogle.com” instead of “Google.com”). When users make such a typographical error, they may be led to an alternative website owned by a hacker that is usually designed for malicious purposes. Hackers often create fake…

10 Secure Online Holiday Shopping Tips

…tomatically be suspicious. The same goes with offers via tweets and messages received in any social media site. Don’t click the links in e-mails. Especially if it’s a “too good to be true” offer. Beware of cybersquatting and typosquatting which may look like the domain of a legitimate eTailer. Look for https:// in the address bar signifying it’s a secure page. Generally, scammers won’t take the time to set up secure sites. Note the closed…

The Seedy Site of Web Searches

…nd search safely, you should: Be suspicious: Any links to free stuff or too good to be true offers are suspect. Be cautious: Searches on hot topics, popular photos or videos are big targets for cybercriminals. Check the URL: Typosquatting (common misspellings that direct you to a fake site) or even expired domains can direct you to the dark side of the Net. Protect yourself: Use tools that offer secure Internet surfing. Make sure you use…

5 Tips To Secure Online Shopping This President’s Day

…n unsolicited email offer, you ought to automatically be suspicious. Delete. # 3. SCAM: Domain squatting: When what looks like a trusted website sends you an email looking like a familiar domain, beware of cybersquatting and typosquatting, in which the address only resembles the legitimate domain, but is a trap. SOLUTION: Make sure you’ve been taken to the correct URL for the retailer. #4 SCAM: Unsecured sites. Scammers generally don’t take the…

10 Tips to Secure Online Shopping

…s via tweets and in social media. Don’t click the links in emails. Always go to the source. Use your favorites menu or manually type in the address in your web browser with a safe search plug-in. Beware of cybersquatting and typosquatting which may look like the domain of the legitimate eTailer. Use secure sites. https in the address bar signifies it’s a secure page. Beware of eBay scammers. Don’t respond to eBay email offers. Review eBayers…

10 Security Tips For Holiday Shopping

…ly if the offer sounds too good to be true. 3. If a familiar and trusted website sends you an email offer and you decide to click, make sure you’ve been taken to the correct URL for the retailer. Beware of cybersquatting and typosquatting, in which the address only resembles the legitimate domain. 4. When placing an order online, always look for “https://” in the address bar, signifying that a page is secure. Scammers generally don’t take the…

Typosquatting Scams in Social Media

Typosquatting, or URL hijacking, is a form of cybersquatting that targets Internet users who accidentally type a website address into their web browser incorrectly. When users make a typographical error while entering the website address, they may be led to an alternative website owned by a cybersquatter or criminal hacker. In a new twist, some typosquatters have begun using these domains to advertise deceptive promotions, offering gift cards…

This Holiday Season, Beware of Phantom Websites

…look and feel of a legitimate website, and many simply copy the web code from well-known online retailers, right down to the names and logos. They may also purchase domain names that resemble those of legitimate retailers, “typosquatting” to take advantage of mistyped searches. Criminals may direct you to phantom websites using advertisements, even on major search engines like Yahoo and Google. These links or clickable graphics can either send…

11 Tips to Secure Online Shopping

…automatically be suspicious. The same goes with offers via tweets and messages received in any social media site. Don’t click the links in e-mails. Especially if it’s a too good to be true offer. Beware of cybersquatting and typosquatting which may look like the domain of the legitimate eTailer. Look for https:// in the address bar signifying it’s a secure page. Generally, scammers won’t take the time to set up secure sites. Note the closed…

5 Tips to a Secure Cyber Monday

…50. It’s safer to make larger purchases from eTailers that also have brick and mortar locations. Typosquatters: Be sure you’ve typed in the correct address and are at the eTailer’s actual domain. Beware of cybersquatting and typosquatting, which rely on imitation websites that resemble your desired destination, but are in fact copies, using domains that are similar to the legitimate web address. Unsecured sites: When placing an order, always…

Cybersquatting Scams Aren’t Over Yet

…In particularly malicious cases of cybersquatting, identity thieves use a domain similar to that of a bank or other trustworthy entity in order to create a spoofed website for phishing. If the desired domain isn’t available, typosquatting is the next best option. After Annualcreditreport.com launched, more than 200 similar domains were quickly snapped up. Computerworld discussed the havoc that cybersquatting can wreak on a brand’s reputation….

Typosquatting for Fun and Profit

Typosquatting, which is also known as URL hijacking, is a form of cybersquatting that targets Internet users who accidentally type a website address into their web browser incorrectly. When users make a typographical error while entering the website address, they may be led to an alternative website owned by a cybersquatter or criminal hacker. Typosquatters often create spoofed sites that may have the look and feel of the intended site….

Typosquatting Scams

10 Tips to Secure Online Holiday Shopping

…ecially if it’s a too good to be true offer. If it’s a known site sending the email and you decide to click links, make sure the address you end up at is in fact the actual domain of the eTailer. Beware of cybersquatting and typosquatting which may look like the domain of the legitimate eTailer. When placing an order always look for HttpS is the address bar signifying it’s a secure page. Scammer generally won’t take the time to set up secure…

Cybersquatting Leads to Identity Theft

…browsing online, and something just wasn’t right? The domain name in the address bar was off by a letter or two? Or a word was misspelled? Maybe there was a number tossed in for good measure? This is either cybersquatting or typosquatting, and it’s a problem. Cybersquatting is the act of procuring someone else’s trademarked brand name online, either as a dot com or any other U.S.-based extension. Cybersquatters squat for many reasons,…

Typosquatting on Twitter and other social networks

Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert Typosquatting, which is also known as URL hijacking, is a form of cybersquatting that targets Internet users who accidentally type a website address into their web browser incorrectly. When users make a typographical error while entering the website address, they may be led to an alternative website owned by a cybersquatter. This can lead to financial or social media identity theft. Phishing is the…

Identity Theft Expert; Cybersquatting Leads to Fraud

…or while surfing and something just wasn’t right? The domain name in the address bar looked like a letter or two off? A misspell? Maybe it had a number tossed in there for good measure? This is either cybersqautting or typosquatting and its a problem. Cybersquating is the act of procuring someone elses trademarked brand name online as a dot com or any other US based extension. Cyber squatters squat for many reasons including impostering…

 

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