Here’s a sneaky trick used by many hackers: they purchase and set up a fraudulent web site that is a close misspelling of a legitimate one. Example: www.faceboook.com instead of www.facebook.com. (If you can’t immediately see the difference, compare the addresses letter by letter) All you have to do is accidentally add ONE letter in the URL and up pops a very legitimate-looking fake copy of the site you were trying to get to – and the login and links are full of key-logger malware and virus landmines waiting for you to click on them. This is particularly important for any social networks you belong to.
Best way to avoid this from happening to you is to bookmark the legitimate sites that you visit and open them via the bookmark so you don’t accidentally visit a land mine filled clone by accidentally misspelling the url.
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