Who hasn’t mistyped a web address into their browser? Facrbook.com instead of facebook.com, gooel.com instead of google.com or dozens of other possible typos can, however, compromise your online security.
Aiming to cash in our typing mistakes, shady opportunists called typosquatters buy up these near-miss domain names and populate them with all sorts of questionable, and sometimes malicious, material.
A typo for a high-profile site such as Apple, Google, Twitter or Facebook, and you’re likely to find yourself on an adult site, fake versions of the page you’re looking for, “parked” domains, pages littered with ads, bait-and-switch schemes, and at other deceptive locations. Sophos.com has a thorough analysis of typosquatting and the security risks.
The best defense against typosquatters is, of course, accurate typing, so watch your p’s and q’s in 2012!