Update: Get Free Tips - Reducing Danger Posed by Harming Attacks

The phishing waves are soaring higher, and now online-banking users are already being plagued by the next generation hacking technique:
Pharming. This technique also attempts to not just steal data but also to lure surfers toward fraud bank sites.

Pharming is described as the redirection of the URL calls in the browser to fraud web sites, during which time these criminals manipulate the break up of the IP address through the Domain Name Server (DNS). The aim in doing so is to mislead users to fraud sites and bank
offers and ask for confidential information.

Viruses and Trojans often change the ‘hosts’ file locally on the user’s computer.

The called address does not appear in the browser, and it loads a different URL altogether, so these attacks are practically non identifiable for the user. If you do not use any security suite, or if you are not hundred percent sure about the URL you have, you can still unmask such attacks.

The best way to tackle such attacks is to check the contents of the hosts file from time to time. To do so, navigate to the ‘C:\Windows\system32\drivers\etc’ folder in Windows Explorer and open the file with a text editor. Usually, it contains the following line apart from an explanation: ‘127.0.0.1 localhost’ If it contains any more lines, that have not been entered by your system administrator or ISP, delete the lines immediately and save changes to the file. You could also write-protect the file so Windows asks for your permission every time it wants to edit the file. To do so, right-click on the file and select the ‘Properties’ context command. In the ‘General’ tab, activate...

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