Semalt Expert: Typosquatting, Phishing, Scareware and Zombies

There are four main types of web browsers – Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox. It would not be wrong to say that the Internet Explorer users have faced various problems in recent months. A lot of them have had reported about the hacking and phishing attacks on the internet. Still, this web browser redeems itself and has become more successful than the others. Without any doubt, all of the web browsers are good to go with, but the trusted one with high speed, reliability and security is none other than Google Chrome.

Max Bell, the Customer Success Manager of Semalt, says that Internet Explorer has some major security issues where the users are asked to update the settings of their browsers once or twice a week. Their machines should have latest operating systems so that scanning of the programs from viruses and malware is made possible. Google Chrome is said to be website-friendly and more reliable than any other web browser. Firefox and Safari are in the least demand and do not provide as accurate results as Google Chrome.

Phishing, Scareware, and Typosquatting

To ensure the protection of your device from shareware, phishing, and typosquatting, you should install the latest browser and avoid clicking unknown emails. Plus, you should never open the attachments of those emails and try to recognize the sender before opening those attachments. If you think that the sender is reliable, you should hold the cursor over the link to see its URL. If the address looks legitimate, you may open the email attachment and read what’s written inside. You can avoid phishing, scareware, and typosquatting with this thing in mind and can ensure your safety on the internet.

If you receive email alerts from the websites with some internal links and messages, you should never click and open those links. Instead, you should try to evaluate who is the sender and what’s the purpose of sending that email. If the email is received from a reliable source, you can open and check the message. Alternatively, you should go to their website by typing the web address or use a bookmark for this purpose.

In case, an email is found in the spam folder; you should never open it as it could be an indication that the email is sent from a hacker. It could be a phishing email, trapping you in some tricks. Various emails are sent, and it becomes impossible for people to detect which emails are reliable. There are chances that spoofy website links will be present in those emails.

You should keep in mind that legitimate companies and legal firms never send emails to their customers from private IDs. They also don’t ask you to click on their links without some special reasons. If you get an email, you might consider it legitimate, but it’s not.

McAfee has offered a large number of free programs, but the best one is SiteAdvisor. This program lets you identify risks of viruses and suspicious websites by color coding those links in the search results. Computer devices without outdated and old operating systems are likely to develop viruses more often than the computers with latest versions of operating systems.