Tech Tip: Bookmark the Websites You Frequently Visit

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Here’s a sneaky trick used by many hackers. They purchase and set up a fraudulent website that is a close misspelling of a legitimate one. Example: faceboook.com (with three os) instead of facebook.com. All you have to do is accidentally fat-finger 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 for that evil twin are full of key-logger malware and virus landmines just waiting for you to click on them. This is particularly important for any social networks you belong to.

Alan Edwards, CISM, is chief information officer at Computerware, Inc., in Vienna, Virginia.

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