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Be very cautious to websites that are using a tactic called Typosquatting (pronounced “type-o-squatting”). These are domains that are misspelled slightly, with the purpose of taking advantage of those accidentally misspelling the domain or performing searches (Google, Yahoo…).

 

Example: 

www.google.com could be misspelled as:

  • www.googe.com
  • www.gogle.com
  • www.gooogle.com

Always take a moment to be sure the website you intend to go to is spelled correctly. These fake websites could be looking at stealing information from you, or passing an infection.

Specifically: Typosquatting, also called URL hijacking, a sting site, or a fake URL, is a form of cybersquatting, and possibly brandjacking which relies on mistakes such as typographical errors made by Internet users when inputting a website address into a web browser. They then use this “fake” domain name to email employees and plant phishing attacks. Please do not interact with any emails from the “impostor domain”.

Protect Yourself

Before you click a link, double check the link and where it goes, up in the address bar. 

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