Internet safety will always be a priority

The World Wide Web is ever-expanding and increasingly dangerous when it comes to cyber threats. The ability to look up information instantly and to live video chat with another person around the world today has many benefits. But as the Internet’s expansion has brought out the best in communications, it has also brought out the worst in cyber scams and con artists.

Here are some things to keep an eye on when you’re surfing the World Wide Web.

Beware when you click a link

Is that a news story about a celebrity’s death – or is it a fake story intended to get you to click on it? Always ensure that you can see where a hyperlink will take you, especially when clicking on links in email. For example, just because the headline says: “Celebrity Death Draws Tributes Around The World” doesn’t mean that’s the destination you’ll be taken to when you click the link. To check, hover your mouse over the link and you should be able to see where this link will take you on the web.

Leave spam emails alone

Be wary of “spam” or unsolicited emails. While they are OK to “read,” don’t click on any links provided unless you are certain it is a legitimate email. The email might contain a virus that gets downloaded to your computer if you click on a link in a spam email. Some good advice is that if it is an email that’s obviously from a source you’ve never seen before, drop it to your junk email and leave it alone.

Spell URLs correctly

Be sure to spell the URL correctly so that you’re taken to the exact page you want to go. If you type in the wrong link address, you may be taken to a dummy page that is intended to gather your personal information as well as infect your computer. Known as “Typosquatting,” this scam involves a misspelled URL of a popular website so that viewers are led to a malicious site that can compromise your PC’s security. Check out this Gizmodo article on how Typosquatting has become prevalent online.

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