A Guide On How To Identify A Rogue Website And Reduce Hacking Attempts

Unethical hackers have emerged as a very big problem than anyone ever expected them to be. The main reason is not just their skills, but also the fact that internet users increased and so did the number of IoT devices. Protecting such a vast landscape from unethical hackers that keep coming up with newer and more complicated hacking tricks is no easy job. Which is why, nothing can be trusted 100% on the internet, no matter how genuine it looks. The guide below will take you through the ways you can use to identify rogue websites and utilize them to reduce security concerns.

What Is A Rogue Website?

A website that looks almost identical to the actual website, but actually contains harmful malware is a rogue website. Now comes the question, what’s the recent hype about it because phishing has been in the picture for so long? Well, it is because these are no ordinary scams. These websites look so legit that even aware employees and users can be deceived. One such example of sophisticated phishing tricks is the clickjacking method.

It is very different from the other methods of adulterating the URL. Instead of adding a malicious link towards the end of the URL, hackers add some words somewhere in the middle. So, when users actually analyze the link, they find nothing suspicious. And as soon as they open the link, their devices are hacked.

Yet another dreadful method is using different words that look very similar to each other. For example, the word ‘w’ in English looks very similar to the same word in Latin. Such a minor difference can remain almost invisible to the eyes of unsuspecting users.

These methods are but a few examples of enlightening that how impactful phishing is and why is it becoming such a big threat. Having said that, the best tips that can help you in reducing the risk are given below.

  • Examine The Headers – Despite how genuine an unknown email from an unknown source looks, headers can offer the initial clues that it might be an attempt at hacking.
  • Examine The URL – Learn how some specific repetitive English words used in all URLs (like www) look in other languages like Latin. When you know the difference, it’ll be easier to identify if a specific URL is malicious. Also, you should check the URL all along the length – every single character. Anything unfamiliar or out of context might indicate an attempt to stuff something in between to make a malicious link look genuine.

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