What to do to protect yourself against fake websites

3 min readApr 28, 2022

Now when you are looking for something on the Internet, then most likely several links in the search engine results are fake sites that look like sites of online stores or even banks, but in fact, they only collect your logins and passwords, credit card numbers, etc. money from them. You will never receive the goods. Such sites are called phishing sites

There are a lot of such sites! Advertising on Facebook, google is full of scammers who supposedly make websites for selling very inexpensively, but you will never get the goods. Here’s another example: Facebook ads for discounted items from Amazon. No one was even alarmed by the fact that the sale was coming from some strange domain. And 14 people even shared, spreading this fake.

What four methods of protection are there for home users.

In fact, the most protected people are corporate users, because they have the opportunity to use all the latest technologies in paid products: Machine Learning for URL and DNS, special products for protecting emails from phishing emails and spam, training programs with examples, constant training with test mailing of similar letters. And it is more difficult for home users — usually, there is no way to put a specialized protection device at home. Therefore, let’s talk about what can be done on a separate home computer and what security tools are on the Internet itself, to which you can connect.

1. Plugin into the browser.

This is the easiest thing to do. There are many free plugins now that check your emails when you enter webmail, check URL links when you enter them in the address bar. And, accordingly, they block or notify that you have just seen a fake site.

How to find such plugins: type anti-phishing plugin in google. The most popular will appear in the search.

2. DNS filter

Your browser makes a DNS query before connecting to each website. It looks for what IP address the given website currently has. There are public and free services that allow you to filter your DNS requests and block already known malicious addresses.


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