We’ve all must have done it some time or other when typing in address boxes and search boxes, and that’s miss something off the name of a website or website URL. This is due to maybe typing in hurry, or not catching something’s missing when we’ve finished typing.
Research and experiences reported to security experts suggest that we need to be more careful, particularly mistyping when it come to URLs. As hackers, and malware spreaders have the ability to register a website which resembles the name of a well known website, but with one or two character missing or misplaced. Which could be in the title or something left out in the .com or .org part. This registration practice is known as typosquatting.
Whilst, one of the main solutions is to bookmark properly addressed websites on your browser, or show someone how to do this. What if it is website address has been passed to you on a piece of paper, or texted to you? There is still keying in to do, and the possibility of making a typo. Then there is also the question of whether you are still someone getting used to using a keyboard. And if you are desktop user, do you get distracted by other activity taking place on other parts of the webpage as you type in. Or you could have large hands, where your digits spread over onto a couple of keys. Tiredness is also a reason for not noticing if you have not keyed in an address properly.
Although a little time consuming, I feel the best approach to not missing all parts of URL if it’ not bookmarked. Is to first make sure you type it up correctly in a word processing app. For example in Wordpad, or Word in Microsoft Office online. Then use the copy and paste functions to transfer the address to the URL address area of your browser. If you are able to, carry out copy and paste by shortcut, using Ctrl c and Ctrl v, this is much quicker. At least this method could make you feel confident that you have entered the URL correctly, if you are still yet developing your skills and trust of the Internet.
By far the best result would be, if the various domain registration bodies that are in existence become a little more pro-active regarding the registration of similar spelling domains and preventing it being carried out. Typosquatting has been with us for quite some time. With the sheer amount of traffic on the Internet these days, isn’t it about time to start taking action to protect those who are the most vulnerable?