How to prevent a typo from making you an identity theft victim

Source: Michelle Singletary, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Scammers love typos. And to capitalize on them, they hijack popular web addresses and cybersquat on URLs that are a typo away from legitimate websites. It’s a scheme called “typosquatting,” and it is intended to trick Internet users, according to Fraud.org, a project of the National Consumers League.

Brian Krebs warned readers that “malicious websites ending in ‘.cm’ that mimic some of the world’s most popular Internet destinations (e.g. espn[dot]cm, aol[dot]cm and itunes[dot].cm) in a bid to bombard visitors with fake security alerts that can lock up one’s computer.”

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