You’re in a hurry one day and want to check your bank account balance before leaving the house. You quickly type in the website of your bank, enter your account information in the appropriate location, and wait for the landing page to load. Unfortunately, an error message appears on screen telling you the website is down for maintenance and to check back at a later time. Frustrated, you grab your keys and leave to make it to your appointment on time.
Unbeknownst to you, the website you typed in wasn’t the address of your bank at all. In your haste, you mistyped the information into your web browser and ended up at website created by a scammer. This scoundrel intentionally created spoof, or fake, sites similar to the one you tried to access in the hopes that someone would accidentally mistype the information. After typing your login credentials into the fake website, the criminal used that information to access the real banking website and drained your account dry.
To prevent this from happening to you, take the time to accurately type in the website address you’re trying to reach. After typing it into your web browser, check the spelling one more time before tapping the return key. To avoid the worry of accidentally mistyping it in the future, bookmark the website so you can simply click on the link when you want to access it.
Haste definitely leads to waste if you make the mistake of accessing the wrong website. Take the time to enter website information correctly the first time and you won’t have to worry about cleaning up the damage a criminal causes with access to your personal information.