Most people, when they get on the Internet, do the same thing that everyone else does on it, and that is surf. People may have a couple of sites that they go to on a regular basis but for the most part they surf around the net. This, of course, is the best part about the Internet – the ability to travel around the different web sites and see places and things that you may have never known before.
There is a dark side to all of this wonderful discovery that you can do on the Internet though.
The dark side is that when going to sites that you don’t know you can always pick up a virus or some other type of malware. Of course this can happen on any type of website but is more likely on some types than others. Whilst many of the following can be perfectly safe, the risk of picking up a virus may be higher from these types of sites -
Beware Of Adult Sites
The first type of site that can cause you damage whilst you are surfing the Internet are adult sites.
Maybe 99% of adult sites are safe but there are a minority that can cause your computer to have serious troubles. Adult sites are known to attract very high amounts of traffic so they are a favorite of Hackers trying to target innocent victims. Another attack vector that has been used lately is planting viruses in the adult tube sites that have popped up in increasing amounts lately. The technology that runs the site and shows the video is known as Flash.
This technology is known to have serious exploit problems if the right safeguards are not in place. Make sure that you are extra vigilante when surfing adult sites.
Beware Of Warez Sites
The second type of site that is known to cause a lot of trouble to a person’s computer are sites that are known as warez sites.
Warez sites are web sites that people go to to get pirated software, serial numbers, etc. These types of sites are breeding grounds for malicious hackers trying to inject very nasty software into your computer.
When you are visiting a warez site you are generally asking for trouble, not only in terms of copyright violations, but from malware too. Not only can the site itself pose a security risk but any software you download may well do so too.
Beware Of Credit Card Offer Sites
The third type of site that can be a potential problem for your computer when you visit are credit card offer sites.
These sites set up a sweet attractive low interest offer and then in the background can download a Trojan onto your computer. A relatively new attack phenomenon, these sites are increasingly becoming more dangerous. These sites are being used more and more by Hackers for phishing schemes and planting Trojans onto your computer.
These types of site attacks are increasing all over the Internet.
This is a fairly new attack vector but with credit cards now a little bit harder to get people are falling for these traps more readily.
I’ve showed you several different types of sites that you must be aware of when surfing the Internet. For the most part these types of site are safe to visit.
When a Hacker decides to strike, these types of site are usually on the top of the list.