Going by the saying “Prevention is better than cure”, we have compiled a list of the most dangerous keywords or terms to search on the Internet. Let’s have a look at them…
While Google and other search engines themselves are aware of the popular search terms on the Internet, even cybercriminals possess a fair knowledge of what people are looking for online. And using this knowledge, they trick unsuspecting users into visiting unsafe sites who later end up infecting their computer with a nasty malware. For instance, a malware artist first creates several websites and blogs (that host malicious codes). Then, they select the most popular search terms (keywords) searched by users on Google or any other search engine. Having done so, they optimize their websites with these keywords so that they appear on the top search results delivered to the user.
The below is a list of dangerous keywords or search terms that are usually used by hackers to trick users into visiting fake and malicious websites.
Web’s Most Dangerous Keywords to Search for:
|• Free screensavers||• Free games|
|• Free game cheats||• Work from home|
|• Free music downloads||• Free downloads|
|• Myspace||• Lyrics|
|• Make money||• Free ringtones|
|• Watch movies online||• Searches for pornographic sites|
|• Amazing deals online||• Free coupons|
• Search terms related to torrent downloads
• Seasonal search terms such as ‘Christmas discount offers’, ‘New Year discounts’, etc.
• Topical search terms such as ‘Free world cup tickets’, ‘Free world cup videos’, ‘Live football streaming’, etc.
• Search terms related to downloading videos, songs, images, etc., of trending celebrities such as movie stars, politicians, singers, athletes, etc.
• Even if you should search for the terms mentioned above, only visit sites that are known, and those which you are familiar with.
• If you suspect any site to be unsafe or unusual, use the Google Safe Browsing tool. Here’s what you have to do. Copy the URL of the site you want to visit, and paste it after “www.google.co.in/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=”
For instance, to test the site www.mytree.com, you would enter www.google.co.in/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=www.mytree.com
• Be cautious against links that claim to show recently released and highly anticipated movies and TV series.
• It is a good idea to find out some info about websites that are usually related to the above search terms. Many a time, on forums and similar sites, users share their experience about visiting a site. You can Google something as simple as “Is mytree.com safe or infected?”
• According to a study by AVTest.org, conducted in 2013, Google delivers less malicious websites in its search results than Bing. So, prefer Google to other search engines.
• Most websites that host malicious codes take advantage of unpatched security vulnerabilities in your system. So, always ensure that your system OS and software are up-to-date.
• Have a reliable antivirus software on your PC that receives automatic software updates. The antivirus software should also be able to block malicious, fake, and phishing websites automatically.
It is not for certain that searching for the above listed dangerous keywords will always take you to an infected website. However, the chance of coming across an unsafe site is always high. So, exercise precaution and stay safe!
Thanks for the info. It really was helpful. Quick heal really takes care of its customers from such dangerous online traps. Thank you very much.
very usefull information.Thanks a lot.
Thanks for the info.
sir, when using quickheal safe banking for banking with online SBI , quick heal warned me about unsafe site ‘www.monstat.com’.
when i checked about this site on google monitoring site. Google informed us that they have not visited this site for last 90 days. this site is not infectious. no malware is present on this site.
I will like to know from quickheal as to what this site is for and how information of it is displayed by quickheal while we use online sbi.
is there any unwarranted entry of this site on SBI safe site? . Is is safe to work on online SBI through QH-safe banking service?
kindly investigate and throw some light.
If Google has said that they have not visited the site for the last 90 days, I am not sure if that is enough ground for one to believe that the site is safe. While I cannot comment on the nature of the site and its contents without a full analysis with our Threat Research team, I will say that if the Quick Heal notification is calling the site unsafe, it most likely is. We recommend that you stay away from that site. Working with SBI online via Quick Heal is safe but if you can avoid http://www.monstat.com, then please do so.
I had the same issue. While logging in to the onlineSBI website, I saw my firefox displaying below that it is connecting to monstat.com
I saw that the green bar next to the website address was normal and didn’t show up any malicious issues. However, I thought that this is a suspicious activity because firefox is trying to connect to an external domain. So I quickly cancelled the navigation and then tried to log in from a private tab. This time I didn’t notice such an address.
I also tried to visit the monstat.com website which turned up blank.
I have microsoft security essentials installed, btw.
I am thinking this could be due to an external addon or an extension in firefox?
While trying to login to onlinesbi.com using QuickHeal Safe Banking, firefox displays connecting to monstat.com just at the time when i click on the username input box. Kindly check and confirm, whether quickheal safebanking is really safe or not, or if is safe why the browser trying to connect to external domain just at the time of entering credentials.
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