Avoid fake malicious websites

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Scammers are developing new ways to try and steal your money, your data – or even your identity.

So how do you stay safe online?

1. Don’t click links

Criminals love to send fake links by email. Have you ever received an email from your bank that look suspicious? If you click on it, you’ll be sent to a website that looks like your bank’s – but it is run by scammers, designed to do nothing but steal your user name and password.

How do you protect against being redirected to a fake website? It is simple - don’t click the link. Just type the correct web address into your browser yourself. You can check if your bank really has tried to contact you when you log into your account.

2. Don’t visit high risk sites

There are a lot of scammers and hackers on gambling/adult content/ illegal software sites. Visiting sites increases danger of falling victim to computer viruses.

3. Check the site security

When visiting a new shopping site for the first time you should pay attention to their security. After you click through to the checkout, take a look at the browser’s address bar and look whether the address begins with https and whether there is a little padlock icon. If yes, all traffic between your PC and the website is encrypted.

However, this security provision can be compromised. Hackers can buy SSL certificates for their website. To check how trustworthy the site is, click on the padlock icon and look at the certificate details. If the certificates type is listed as “extended validation”, you know that the site belongs to the company – and is fully legitimate.

4. Choose anti-malware with URL checking protection

Safenetbrowser anti-malware package does much more than “just” remove virus infections from your computer – we offer a built-in content filter to automatically block access to risky sites.

The system checks every link you click on. If the linked website is known to contain malware, Safenetbrowser blocks access automatically.