Many website owners contact a professional penetration testing company or perform a penetration test themselves. Sadly, not everyone follows suit in this aspect. In consequence, there are many unsecured websites you can find on the Internet.
You might need to follow your gut many times in your life. However, in the case of cybersecurity, there is little room for experiments. As such, we have prepared a list of things you should avoid doing:
- Clicking on links from unknown sources: The address you see on your screen might look familiar, but it does not mean that it is safe. Remember, even typing the URL yourself is a safer option than clicking on some link of unknown origin!
- Not reading the URL carefully: If you are a long-time Internet user, you might know some URLs by heart. Use this knowledge to avoid any phishing attacks that might be directed at you! Many times phishers want to steal your information by setting up sites with similar addresses to the popular ones millions of users visit every day. Outsmart them by typing the URLs yourself! You can also check if the spelling in a link you received is right.
- Believing everyone on the web: All links on the Internet should be considered suspicious. As such, before you open any link you got sent via some app or email, check it by using Google’s Transparency Report or other similar online tools. Additionally, do not blindly trust anyone who will try to give you a “very special one time offer.” In such a case, they are probably only looking for a clever way to trick you into falling into their trap.