Cyber criminals use several tactics to fool a user to believe he or she is on a safe webpage. All it takes is a couple of substituted, flipped, or extra letters. They count on their victims to be careless, in a hurry, or not know what a URL should look like. This module is an introductory overview of cyber security best practices for distinguishing safe vs. malicious webpages for new employees during onboarding or as a refresher course for those without a cyber security background. You will learn how to recognize the indicators of a malicious webpage, and the module highlights some of the methods cyber criminals use to fool users into thinking it is safe to share their data.
Why “Safe Web Browsing: Identifying Malicious Web Pages” Matters:
The more that technology in the workplace is implemented to meet business needs, the greater the organization’s exposure to cyber threats. There are known and specific threats to information technology (IT) infrastructure, including computers, networks, and Internet-connected devices. There are basic measures employees can take to protect data and hardware.
- Cyber criminals will often purchase like-sounding domain names to trick a victim into believing a webpage is legitimate.
- Webpages hosted on secure, encrypted Web servers will have an “s” after the protocol: https://.
- Do not trust a website with a hidden protocol.
- Bookmark websites you trust.
- Navigate away from webpages you suspect are malicious.