U is for URL Spoofing!

Read the URL carefully here. This is an example of URL Spoofing. Image Source: https://www.webopedia.com/definitions/website-spoofing/

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?

  1. Be vigilant
  2. Call the concerned organization
  3. Be wary of any attachments that you are not sure about
  4. Hide your IP address
  5. Keep changing your password
  6. Check before you click on any link
  7. Use a dedicated secure browser
  8. 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.

  1. Take your cursor over the link to figure out any discrepancy in the URL.
  2. Read the link carefully – there can be a spelling error or a character that resembles regular letters.
  3. Independent visits to the concerned ‘website’ can save from URL Spoofing.
  4. Keep your devices protected with strong antivirus, and antimalware.
  5. Immediately report the URL Spoofs.

13 thoughts on “U is for URL Spoofing!

  1. I use a program called discord for voice chat with friends, ther is a similar thing done there to steal credentials using a spoof but with a nice graphic that shows everything you would want and once you click it… woo boy. so watch those pictures too.

    Good post and safety tips


  2. I hate it when this is done. I check URLs very carefully if I don’t delete the suspicious emails first. I guess they do this somehow with telemarketing calls as well. I wish they’d all stop this deception.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  3. Hi Arlee,
    I am so honored and humbled to receive feedback from you. Yes, all this deception gets on to the nerves, but the fact remains that hackers feed on this deception. As long as there are people gullible enough to bite the bait, cybercriminals will have a field day.
    Thank you for stopping by and taking out time to read and leaving your footprints as well. May God Bless you.

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    • Hey Anu,
      My first reaction to your comment was a burst of hearty laughter. Yes, you do a wise thing, but at times even that can prove dangerous, so if a link is suspicious, mark it Spam there and then.
      I am so unhappy that the story ended, but please collate it into one blog, give it a suitable title and you will have another blockbuster blog ready.


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