Protect your wallet and your identity from fake websites
If you make a typo while trying to key in your favorite website, you may open yourself up to a new scam, called typosquatting. Fraudsters create websites similar in name and appearance to legitimate, popular sites, taking advantage of common misspellings or accidental keystrokes. The intent is to trick unsuspecting web users into visiting a malicious website.
The intent of those behind the fake sites is often to get you to divulge personal information they can use to steal from you or commit identity theft. In some cases, the hacker may create a site that downloads malicious software once you visit the page. This dangerous tactic, often called a “drive-by-download,” can steal your personal information through this embedded malware.
How can you guard against this type of theft? For starters, check the name of the site you have landed on, even if you believe you are on a secure website. For example, if you are going to Walmart’s website, make sure you have typed in the name correctly without any errors.
A great way to keep yourself safe while searching is to download safe search tools, such as McAfee Safe Site, that will alert you when they detect malware on a site. Also, purchase software that guards your computer against malware.
Awareness is the first step in protecting yourself. Use caution to protect your personal information and your money.