I am sure you must have received emails stating offers that are too good to be true, either from your favorite holiday destination, or your aviation company.
Yes! What did the offer look like or rather what did it read like?
I am sure it must have read something like a 50% discount on your favorite destination. All costs included. Book now!
This urgency in the message is to make you act fast so that you don’t see the minor details that may tell you that the button you will click, may hide a malicious code.
Yes, you read it right a malicious code – malware, ransomware (can read about it in the R post), or even a virus (more about it in the next post).
How Is It Done?
Welcome, to the other level of hacking – URL Spoofing!
What is URL Spoofing?
URL Spoofing is a technique used by hackers to build a fake URL that looks exactly like the original and the trusted one. But here’s a twist. The URL is created by playing with the characters that fool the system, and if you are not careful, it can fool you as well.
How Can You Stay Safe and Prevent URL Spoofing?
- Be vigilant
- Call the concerned organization
- Be wary of any attachments that you are not sure about
- Hide your IP address
- Keep changing your password
- Check before you click on any link
- Use a dedicated secure browser
- Use strong antivirus protection
How To Recognize URL Spoofing?
While it is difficult to spot a spoofed URL, it always pays to play safe online and follow these tips to secure yourself.
- Take your cursor over the link to figure out any discrepancy in the URL.
- Read the link carefully – there can be a spelling error or a character that resembles regular letters.
- Independent visits to the concerned ‘website’ can save from URL Spoofing.
- Keep your devices protected with strong antivirus, and antimalware.
- Immediately report the URL Spoofs.