Cybersquatting is a new trend in hacking that involves a hacker registering a domain name that closely resembles a well-established, trusted website in an attempt to gain access to users’ information. A common form of this trend is referred to as typosquatting, where hackers register a domain name that is only 1-2 letters off from the real domain name. For example, they might register www.faceboook.com, where the extra letter is easy to miss. Another technique is to register a domain with two letters next to each other that appear to be the one letter in the original domain name. For example, www.grnail.com (with an ‘r’ and ‘n’ rather than an ‘m’).  These fake URLs usually lead to a fake copy of the website you were originally trying to reach, where hackers are free to steal your login information or infect your computer with viruses.

So, how can you avoid being tricked by these sneaky fake domain names? One quick and easy way to avoid this is to bookmark the websites you frequently visit. Not only will this save you time, but it will also help you avoid clicking on a fake URL!

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