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You can be a victim of URL hijacking by typing wrong name of the website


As the scope of technology increases, hackers are also changing how they work. Hackers are now adopting a new method to steal users’ information and break into banking passwords. Its name is URL Hijacking. It is also known as Typosquatting. If you, too, are careless while typing the website’s name on the browser or making a mistake in the words, this habit can make the work of hackers easier, and your problems can increase. One can save himself from this danger by taking care of some things.

What is URL Hijacking, how do hackers make users their target and how to avoid it? Know the answers to these questions…

What is URL Hijacking or Typosquatting?

This type of cyber attack is where hackers lure internet users to fake websites. The hacker succeeds in his trick when a user mistypes the website’s name on the browser. By doing this, he reaches the fake website named after him.


How hackers to target, understand in 3 points

Duplicate website created: Duplicate websites of those standard websites where users visit the most for URL hijacking. For example, e-commerce websites give information about jobs, or similar websites provide necessary information to people.

Confusing name: Hackers manipulate the name of a duplicate website. Let us understand this with an example. For example, the most famous website of e-commerce is Amazon. Hackers keep the name of their same website similar to this so that people can be confused. They keep or or for this. Similarly, domains are also registered with different names.

…and thus the user gets stuck: Whenever a user mistypes the name of Amazon or uses the exact words precisely on the browser, he directly reaches the hacker’s fake website. Here the user gets stuck by clicking on different types of links or using the option of online money transaction.


How can you avoid this?

The most important thing is that while typing the website’s name on the browser, keep in mind whether the correct term is written. Most of the users make mistakes here. When the website is opened, see if it is changing or not. If you think the website is messed up, go back without clicking any links or close the tab.

Not only by typing the wrong name, but hackers also target through social media. Links to many fake websites are given on pages made on social media, and cheap deals are offered there. Users greedily click on the links of those duplicate websites. In this way, they reach where they should not go. So avoid such connections.

Shubham Dubey
Shubham Dubey
Shubham has an excellent knowledge of science and technology. He has one year of experience in writing articles. He also had worked for many websites. He loves singing and painting.

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