Malicious Websites

 

Phishing scams have raised serious concerns as it is used by hackers to steal information by diverting users to malicious websites. Phishing scams use glamorous ads as a lure that’s too good to believe, while users get fooled into clicking on such ads links and getting directed to the malicious websites.

Most of us click on the malicious connexion or attachment with excitement gushing in, later realising that the mail containing the connexion / attachment is a scam. The effect will be to transmit information to the malware author and thus data loss, or it could be used to detect software security vulnerabilities in the machine to allow software authors to instal viruses without our consent.

In this post, we will address the tell-tale signs of how the most unexpected forms the malicious website infects.

ENCRYPTION

Usage of a fake banking site is the most popular of all. Hackers use robust methods to steal the original bank page code, in order to make the fake site look the same. Thus, as any of us tries to log in to the genuine-looking malicious website, the hacker gains access to all the login information and we’re going to risk our account.

Enough said we remind you to never click on any connexion or attachment again. Type the website address in the address bar manually is highly recommended, this not only prevents you from accessing the malicious websites but also prevents you from losing sensitive data.

Often it is smart to search the browser’s address bar to make sure you’re in the right spot. For example, it should be “www.google.com” for GOOGLE, and not “www.g00gle.com”

Banking sites should comply with security policies and so the address should preferably start with “https:/” and a visual cue should be given to ensure the security of the website. Most pages, start loading encryption a little later, so hopefully it wouldn’t be an easy solution to check whether or not the site is malicious.

PRESENTATION

See the content, layout and overall appearance of the website as you reach the website. Not all websites are well cloned to replicate the authenticity of the original ones. However, hackers who work on a low budget to make a decent look website come up with a low-quality presentation, horrible layout, awful grammar problems and spelling errors – now is the time to pause and exit the malicious website

CONTENT

Please take a closer look at the content and what website goals are. Check if the website asks you to do a survey, download a software, or exchange information so you can be assured of sending some money. Know, nothing comes for free and no one will be interested in giving you money on a goodwill – so you can be sure the website is trying to put an assault on you.

Often hackers take free software from the web and add malicious content to it and place it on some of the generic websites. People who do not know this, pick up and download such infected software from any generic site at random, assuming it is actual.

You will also be pressured to download an app by offering exaggerating views of the video, they kindle the interest in you to see videos. So if you’re desperate to watch the video, you’d need to download the new update that’s carrying the contagious malware. So watching videos on legitimate video platforms such as youtube is nice to be careful of such updates.

Last but not least, most of us are drawn to the “FREE” caption, eg: free gift vouchers, free vehicle. Recall avoiding free offers that are too good to be true because nothing comes free.

Stay away from Malware Interference

Keep your apps up to date with the new bug fixes to prevent malware intrusion

Stop the programme from running automatically

So it’s better to understand how to identify whether the email is genuine or is intended to be malware.