What do you usually search for when you go online? Is it daily deals, travel offers, books and e-learning materials or movies on file sharing platforms? Or maybe you’re interested in online news?
Whatever your preferences, just consider these recent facts and stats:
- Google finds about 9500 new malicious sites every day – either legitimate websites that have been compromised by malware authors, or websites built specifically for phishing or to host malware. Noteworthy: malware distributors continue to compromise large numbers of legitimate websites, and phishers continue to target heavily e-commerce websites like eBay. Their phishing methods are, it seems, getting more sophisticated.
- According to data gathered by Customer Magnetism, 32.7 % of the world population is on the internet, of which 92% use search engines. Also, the number of users has registered a 528.1% growth over the last decade. With these user stats in mind, the pool of potential victims is clearly large and generous. No wonder malicious and compromised websites are ever-more present.
- According to the Internet Threats Trend Report issued by Commtouch in July 2012, the top 5 website categories infected with malware are education, travel, business, entertainment and restaurants. The same report lists portals, fashion and beauty, sports, shopping and education as the top 5 website categories most targeted by phishing scams.
Granted, avoiding malicious websites can prove rather tricky, especially since they cover so many areas: education, travel, sports, fashion etc. But there are ways to make sure you don’t fall victim or run into malicious websites when you’re online.
Here are 5 tips for a safe online experience:
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- Avoid downloading software, videos and other files from file-sharing platforms.
- Make sure the websites that ask for your credentials (passwords, credit card details, usernames) are secured. Their web addresses must start with https, and not http.
- Keep all your programs up to date, including your web browser.
- Use a Safe browsing tool that flags out malicious sites in your search results. Bullguard Internet Security 12 comes with this important security feature, along with an award-winning antivirus protection.
- Apply common sense whenever you see an ad promoting an exciting offer or service, even if it’s posted on a reputable site. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.