There are several things that I am going to talk about in this article that you may not have heard of before.
They are items that you run across on the internet everyday but you may not know what they are.
One of the items that I will discuss is a landing page.
I will explain what it is and how it is used by both marketers and hackers to get your attention.
I will also discuss long and distorted url links.
When you want to examine if a page is going to take you to where it says it is going to take you then there are several ways that you can discover this.
One of the ways is through looking at the link on the page.
I will show you how to do this.
If a link looks weird and is different than what you might expect then it might be a link that you will want to stay clear of.
So let’s start off by explaining what a landing page is and then I will show you the dangers that can accompany it when it is set up by a person with malicious intent.
What Is A Landing Page?
As I said earlier in the article, you visit landing pages all of the time on the web but you just do not know it.
A landing page is a web page that you land on when you are presented an opportunity by a marketer.
For example, if you see a link that advertises that it can help you lose weight in less than three weeks, if you are a person that is looking to go on a diet, you are then going to click it.
When you click the link, you are taken to a page that will talk about the product.
It may have several things on there such as what the products name is, who creates it, what the product does exactly, and testimonials from people who have used the product in the past and now like it.
All of these things are set up to get you to buy the product.
When you see all of this information, you start to feel secure into taking the next step.
The next step for the marketer is to get you to take out your credit card and purchase the item.
Once that happens, the landing page has done its job.
Landing pages are a good tool to try and convince someone to do an activity.
They are so good that in the wrong hands they can be used for malicious intent as well.
When you are a black hat hacker, most of the time you need to get people to perform an action before your attack can take place.
Most pieces of malware are not automated to the point that they will be able to set off an attack by themselves.
Some are but, for the most part, most are not.
So to convince the person to take the action that you are going to need them to take, you can set up a landing page.
The page will be full of fake information and products and it will have either two goals.
They will either try to get you to download a piece of malicious code onto your computer or they will try to get your credit card number.
There are several ways that you can spot whether a landing page is real or not.
This is especially important if you have never heard of the product before.
Before you take any action for any product that you buy, make sure that you do your homework.
How Can You Tell If The Landing Page Is Real?
There are several signs that will help show you whether the landing page is real or not.
The first thing that you want to do is to take a look at the links on the page.
You can do this by hovering over the link and look at the status bar in the bottom left hand of your browser.
It will show you where the link is going.
If the link says that it is taking you to a page on the web site but that status bar says it is a different site then that should set off your alarm bells in your head as being suspicious.
Long, weird looking urls are usually a redirect script of some kind and you want to make sure that this page is not going to redirect you somewhere that you do not want to be.
Another way that you can tell if it is real or not is by doing a quick Google check.
Read some of the testimonials about the product itself and the web site.
If everything seems to be OK when other people used the product and web site, then it is probably OK.
There are many tricks that a hacker will use to get you to help set off their attack.
A landing page is just one of them.