I was reading this story on the BBC News and thought most people will take a look; think about it and then ignore it because they don’t realise how easy it is: so this post is intended as a quick guide to being safe online. A much better guide can be found here http://www.getsafeonline.org/ the government sponsored Get Safe Online website.
The first thing to point out is that people who hack computers are criminals so nothing they say can be trusted; an example: www.getsafeonline.org/ looks the same as the link in the first paragraph doesn’t it? Click on it and see what happens: don’t worry it’s safe.
Assuming this site hasn’t been hacked that link will take you to an error page. So how did I do that? it’s easy:
That’s the line of code that does it: the first part is the actual link; the second part, between the >< is what gets displayed on screen. I can put anything I want in there. I have deliberately used web addresses but often you will see a link displayed like this one: Click here to go somewhere nice!!! I hope you weren’t tempted to click it.
OK so how do I know where I’m going: Take a look at these screenshots of a link:
The second picture was captured when I had my mouse hovering over the link; notice the address showing in the browser status bar. Now try it with our example and you will see the true link displayed.
OK I just know you are going to say “it’s too much trouble to do that every time” which is exactly what the hacker is relying on.
So what to do:
Make sure your system is kept up to date
Make sure your Anti-Virus software is kept up to date and running
Get the latest version of your browser – they are more secure; I use Internet Explorer 10 which came out with Windows 8 but it is available for earlier operating systems.
Don’t be tempted by get rich quick links:- if it looks too good to be true it probably isn’t true.
Use Parental Control software to protect your kids if they are browsing (I bet you didn’t check the link )
Just be aware and think before you click.
DO NOT IGNORE the warning box: Read it.
You’re being watched:
Don’t worry too much; my code can’t run unless you let it so when you click a link and a warning box comes up: read it before clicking YES.