Don’t take reputable websites as granted for safe surfing

The phrase saying that “no one is safe on the internet” might be true. Even if security tools you use are effective and updated, and your browsing habits don’t cover risky or illegal stuff, there’s still a possibility to get infected with some nasty computer parasite. People are computer educated these days; they are not interested in e-cards sent by strangers or flashing banners that offer a prize for the 1 000 000th visitor. However malware creators and scammers don’t waste their time and work on other ways to reach potential victims. And the other ways are not so easily recognized.

Online shopping and online banking are considered potentially sensitive fields, because if they are corrupted, people may lose banking details, money and personal information. Fraudulent banking websites can be recognized easily, but what to do if a legitimate website gives you malware?

Those that are concerned about computer security choose to visit only trusted websites, but that’s no longer a safe strategy. Popular and reputable websites are now the main targets for hackers. Do you expect to be infected after visiting United Nation HIV/AIDS portal or MySpace? It may sound crazy, but that has already happened. Visitors of the United Nations’ page were infected with malware that turned their computers into parts of botnet – a network that can be used for cyber attacks. Different tactics were chosen for the MySpace attack: computer parasite stole users’ login information and used the hijacked profiles to spread malware. Online advertisements may also be dangerous to you computer and your privacy. If the website is reputable there’s still no reason to trust advertisements on it as the banners usually are not related to the website you visit.

Although internet security is a complicated area, we’re not going to give up web browsing. Just remember to be cautious and follow computer security news to avoid infected websites.


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