Exploring the almost limitless horizons of the web is a hugely enjoyable activity for many people. However, this enjoyment may be spoiled by "drive by downloads", one of the most insidious threats on the internet today.
Stay Smart Online has recently published a series of articles in its My Guide, which is an initiative from the Australian Government that features tips and techniques to help you stay secure when working, socialising or just browsing online.
One way of minimising your risk is to manually type website addresses into your browser’s address bar and check that the address displays properly with no added letters, numbers or symbols. Also, keep an eye out for common types of domain name abuse such as replacing the letter O with zero or adding hyphens or bogus words to a legitimate address.
- Minimise visits to unknown websites and avoid being enticed by the promise of sensational content through ‘clickbait’. Look for the padlock symbol and ‘https’ in the browser address bar when visiting sites.
- Stay ahead of the scam game by regularly reviewing information on the latest scams through the Stay Smart Online website.
- Download My Guide for further information on spotting a scam - My Guide, an Australian Government Initiative from Stay Smart Online is a personal security guide that features tips and techniques to help you stay secure when working, socialising or just browsing online. My Guide also provides a list of organisations that you can report scams, cyber crimes and identity theft.