One of the most basic steps in checking the security of the website you're using is taking a look at the URL. Many people fail to look up at the URL of the website, especially if they're already reading the content on the page. Others may give it only a basic glance--and if it looks right, they're convinced.
However, one of the most common phishing scams
, simply mimics the existing content. The scam site copies the content exactly as it appears on the original page—aside from a few key details. In many cases, the phishing sites use a very similar URL to the original. For example, instead of http://www.amazon.com, it may appear as http[:]//www.amaz0n.com. The simple replacement--"o" to "0”—allows scammers to convince gullible individuals that they're visiting the site they thought they should be on. As a result, they simply hand over their credit card information without hesitation.
Luckily, Amazon LLC has already purchased amaz0n.com to help keep its customers safer--but other websites may not offer the same degree of security to their users. It's important, therefore, that you take the time to carefully check over the URL before making a purchase.