Navigating the Digital Realm: Pay Attention to Website Addresses

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malware links graphicIn today’s interconnected world, the internet serves as a gateway to a vast universe of information and opportunities. Cybercriminals employ various tactics to deceive and compromise unsuspecting users. One essential aspect of safeguarding your online presence is paying careful attention to website addresses. We will explore this topic and others at Safe Surfing: Navigating the Online World Safely, on Wednesday, November 29, 10 a.m., McDowell Senior Center, 100 Spaulding Rd, Marion.

Cybercriminals often create deceptive websites that mimic legitimate platforms to steal sensitive information, spread malware, or perpetrate scams. These websites may look genuine at first glance, making it crucial to scrutinize web addresses before clicking on any links or sharing personal data.

Safe Surfing:  Navigating the Online World Safely

November 29, 10 a.m.

McDowell County Senior Center, 100 Spaulding Rd, Marion

Tip: Verify Website Addresses

  1. Check for HTTPS: Before entering any sensitive information, ensure the website’s address begins with “https://” rather than just “http://”. Legitimate websites use HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) to encrypt data transmitted between your browser and the website. The ‘s’ indicates a secure connection.
  2. Examine the Domain Name: Cybercriminals often create URLs similar to popular websites but with slight misspellings or extra characters. Carefully inspect the domain name for any irregularities. For example, “” might appear similar to Facebook but is a fraudulent site.
  3. Avoid Shortened URLs: While convenient, shortened URLs (like those from or TinyURL) can hide the actual destination. Use URL expansion services to reveal the full link before clicking.
  4. Educate Yourself and Others: Stay informed about common online scams and educate friends and family, especially those less familiar with internet security, to prevent them from falling victim to scams.

By paying attention to website addresses and adopting vigilant online habits, you significantly reduce the risk of falling prey to deceptive websites and cyberattacks. Remember, your online safety is in your hands. Stay informed, stay cautious, and navigate the digital realm with confidence.

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Avoid the financial and emotional toll of computer viruses and learn tips to keep you safe by attending the upcoming workshop, Safe Surfing:  Navigating the Online World Safely, November 29, 10 a.m, McDowell Senior Center, 100 Spaulding Rd, Marion. This workshop is FREE, but please register. To register for Safe Surfing workshop on November 29, visit the registration link, sign up at the McDowell Senior Center front desk, or call us at 828-652-8104. Ask for Molly.