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Know about these things- be safe in the Cyber world

Information about Internet Website Names, Phishing and Cyber Crimes

1. Before checking name of any website, first look for the domain extension (TLD). There are more than 1000 such extensions.
i.e. .com, .org, .co.in, . net, .in etc. The name just before extension is the DOMAIN NAME of the website.
Eg: www.domainname. com
E.g., in http://amazon. Diwali-Festivals. com, the word before. com is "diwali-festivals" (and NOT "amazon"). AMAZON word is seperated with (.) dot So, this webpage does not belong to Amazon. com, but it belongs to "Diwali-Festivals. com", which most of us haven't heard of before.
You can similarly check for fraudulent (so-called) banking websites.
Before your e-banking login, make sure the name just before ".com" is the name of your bank.
Eg: "something.icicibank. com" belongs to +ICICI, but "icicibank.something. com" belongs to "something" and not "icicibank". Similarly, "icicibank. com.nu" belongs to "com"!
2. www.cybersafegirl. com is not the same as www.cybersafegirl. net. Check for Top Level Domain extensions properly.
3. There can also be a typo in domain done purposely to confuse user to do phishing. Eg: www.facebookk. com or faceb(00)k. com does not relates to facebook. com. I have already explained about IDN Homograph attack.
4. Nowadays you may have also seen various spam messages forwarded by users claiming to get free mobile or mobile phone at Rs.250/- or Free Talktime etc.
Before attempting to forward such messages, always check for domain name and website. Entering data and doing some task as said on their website may result in your smartphone infected by some malware.
5. Also please check before downloading apk or android apps for smartphone. http:// googleplay. com/store/apps/com.ife.google
Does not belongs to Google, it belongs to Google Play. com which is not owned by Google. But http://play.google. com/store/apps/com.ife.google belongs to Google. Instal apps only from Playstore.
Please share. My mission is #CyberSafeIndia. #JaiHind

- Dr. Ananth Prabhu Gurpur
Cyber Security expert,
Professor, Sahyadri College Mangalore


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