Be Careful When Typing URLs Unless You Want Malware

Joel Lee 21-03-2016

You’d be surprised just how many different threats exist The Latest Internet Security Threats That You Should Be Aware Of Security threats have increasingly come from new directions and that isn’t looking set to change in 2013. There are new risks you should be aware of, exploits of popular applications, increasingly sophisticated phishing attacks, malware,... Read More  across the Internet. Malware and viruses lurk in everything from advertisements to email attachments, from app downloads to YouTube videos even. Flash in particular is really vulnerable to problems like that Security Alert: You Need to Uninstall Flash Right Now Flash is so full of security holes and vulnerabilities, it just doesn't make sense to keep it installed anymore. Here's how to get rid of it. Read More .


But one of the worst threats? Typosquatters. If you’re the kind of person who never directly clicks on links 4 Essential Questions to Ask Before Clicking Any Link It can be difficult to distinguish a legitimate link from a harmful one online. Here are questions to help you determine whether a site is safe next time you're wondering. Read More , then you’ve probably typed your share of URLs into your browser bar. Unfortunately, malicious people are starting to take advantage of this and filling these mistyped domain names with malware.


Nearly half of all domain names use the .com extension, but there’s another domain name that’s really similar to it: the .om extension for the country of Oman. Can you imagine how many people accidentally type .om when they mean .com? A lot more than you think.

These malicious people have taken popular domain names (e.g.,,, registered their typo equivalents, and filled them with profitable Flash-exploiting malware. View the full list of shady domains now.

Other popular typosquatting practices include shifting the “C” over (, substituting adjacent keys (, and doubling up on letters (


So the next time you manually type a URL into your browser bar, double-check and triple-check to make sure that it’s the domain name you intended to type. Also, take extra precaution by installing an Internet security suite The 5 Best Free Internet Security Software for Windows Need antivirus, anti-malware, and real-time security? Here are the best free internet security software for Windows. Read More  and learning to catch identity theft 6 Warning Signs Of Digital Identity Theft You Shouldn't Ignore Identity theft isn't too rare of an occurrence these days, yet we often fall into the trap of thinking that it'll always happen to "someone else". Don't ignore the warning signs. Read More .

Do you type URLs manually? How often do you typo on them? Have you ever gotten malware from this? Share with us in the comments!

Image Credit: URL Bar by rvlsoft via Shutterstock, Domain Table via EndGame

Related topics: Malware, Phishing.

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  1. Mbaziira Mahmudu
    April 7, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Drones shouldn't be banned but devices that allow entrance of a drone into a specific area should be manufactured. Drones may not only be used to spy or infringe on people's privacy but can be used to commit crimes like assault and murder. So there should be some sort of drone fencing that only allows entry of a drone on permission.

  2. Alexander
    April 10, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Try to visit Encrypted Sites, especially when you want to purchase something on the web. If you sell online you should have a SSL Certifiacte to protect your customers I recommend to adquire a SSL Certificate

  3. Anonymous
    March 22, 2016 at 8:20 am

    As Usual, Common Sense Is Required.

    Example: GOOGLE.COM = ( A ).( B )

    When I Need To Visit Any Company Website, And Do Not Know Exactly How ( A ) And / Or ( B ) Are Spelled, I Try To Find That Company In WIKIPEDIA - They Have Several Correct Links To The Company.


    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      That's one way to stay safe, for sure!

      • Anonymous
        March 26, 2016 at 5:53 am

        Thank You For Responding.

  4. jonen560ti
    March 21, 2016 at 11:14 am

    We need some sort of law against this. this is ridiculous

    • Joel Lee
      March 25, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Yes, definitely. This kind of behavior is reprehensible.