Cyber Security Expert, Paulius Petretis Reveals How A Common Typo Can Lead To Disruption And Infection
Paulius Petretis, leading cyber security expert and CEO of VORAS Consulting urges caution when entering web addresses and suggests bookmarking websites visited often instead of navigating directly to them.
Vilnius, Lithuania – April 08, 2018 – Paulius Petretis, CEO of VORAS Consulting posted a new blog on the company website entitled “One Of The Most Common Typos Can Take You Into Criminal Territory.” Mr. Petretis discusses something that seems innocent but that can be the opening through which cybercriminals first gain access.
Petretis points out that, “We’ve all done it without realizing it. We type a web address into our browser address line and hit ‘return’ only to be confused when something we weren’t expecting appears on the screen.” He continues adding, “Sometimes it takes a minute or two to discover the mistake which is often missing the ‘o’ in the .com part of the address.”
According to Petretis, “This seemingly innocent mistake, whether made on your home or office computer can be very costly. In fact, according to Krebsonsecurity.com, simply omitting the ‘o’ in com, your computer, “will be bombarded with malware alerts and other misleading messages — potentially even causing your computer to lock up completely. As it happens, many of these domains appear tied to a marketing company whose CEO is a convicted felon and once self-proclaimed ‘Spam King’.”
“Spelling isn’t always easy,” says Petretis, “especially when working with a language that is not your native tongue. This is why spammers and other criminals take advantage of the situation in the virtual cyber world where anything goes.” He continues adding, “If you navigate to sites that store your personal and financial information you want to be especially careful. In fact, it’s a good idea to bookmark those sites and avoid directly navigating to them.”
The entire blog can be read at https://voras-consulting.com/one-of-the-most-common-typos-can-take-you-into-criminal-territory-2/
Paulius Petretis is an Information security expert, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM®), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA®), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT(CGEIT®) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC®), Guest speaker at various conferences and seminars, Trainer at information security related training courses.
According to the annual survey initiated by the Info Security Europe, a whopping 93% of large organizations and 76% of small businesses had at least a single information security breach in 2011. Only 18% of the organizations affected by the infringements related to data protection laws had a consistent and effective contingency plan in place. According to Paulius, information is not something static – it evolves and mutates every day. It is the ecosystem of every business and if a single cell fails, it can bring down the entire business.
Therefore ensuring a consistent and up-to-date information protection policy must be the priority for all businesses – no matter how big or small they are. As it might be unrealistic to believe that any young or experienced entrepreneur can be the jack of all trades, the really smart decision is to rely on specialists who dedicate their professional lives to getting to know everything there is to know about protecting important business information.
With more than 16 years of experience in helping people, small businesses, and government organizations to protect their business secrets, Paulius believes that information security must help businesses achieve goals but not vice versa.