Are you browsing Google? Beware of fake online websites!

Google’s search technology and algorithms are pretty sophisticated. The company hires the brightest minds and spending several million on security, but it is an ongoing challenge with scammers that are continually trying to hack the system.

By Vineel Dean

Google’s search technology and algorithms are pretty sophisticated. The company hires the brightest minds and spending several million on security, but it is an ongoing challenge with scammers that are continually trying to hack the system. It also has a process for reporting websites that contain malicious software or a fake phishing page. But it doesn’t have any way for you to communicate a site that led you to call a scammer. One of the most common methods for a scammer to set up a fake website is to pop up immediately phony tech support. It usually involved an 800 number as soon as you land on their website. Now, this is a vital sign. Most large technology companies would prefer you to use their FAQs, email, chat, or other methods. They don’t require a human to be immediately available. After all, human customer service and tech support cost money and tie up labor.

Scammers know that many people find website navigation awkward and frustrating. These people would instead gravitate to tech support, which is why it’s a natural entry point for scammers. Most legit tech companies have a standard for redirecting users to their support section by merely adding /support to the end of their web address (Ex: Google.com/support). It is quicker and safer than using a Google search. Google has no way to investigate or verify any claims of scams and now actually restricted third-party tech support companies from advertising on its ad network as of September 2018.

Fake tech support websites are either after your credit card for services. They will access your computer and scam you. Then, if their site is shut down, they can easily use a different web address to create a new account. So be very careful with any advert you see when searching for any tech support until Google creates a verification process.

Recognizing Phishing and Fake Websites

The good news is that you can avoid scams by looking for telltale signs that indicate when a site is fake, or an email is phishing. The next time you are not entirely confident that you are on a legitimate website or that an email you received is valid, check for these signs:

  • Using an incorrect, but looking similar URL

If you’re familiar with going to your bank via a regular address and the address you land at is not the same name, rest assured that you are not at the real site.

  • Always double check to make sure that the site address is accurate. You can also hover your mouse pointer over a link in the email. Doing this will verify that the link linked to the same site where the email has originated.

Moreover, do not trust any email or website that asks you to “confirm” sensitive account information, because this is undoubtedly a scam.

 

Online shopping

Legitimate e-commerce sites use encryption or scrambling to help ensure that your payment information remains safe. You can see if a site uses encryption by looking for a lock symbol in the browser window. Clicking on the lock symbol allows you to verify that a security certificate was issued to that site, a sign that it’s a legitimate, trusted website. You should also check that the address starts with “https://” Never believe a mere “http://.” Lastly, do not enter payment information on any site that isn’t secure.

Educate yourself against scammers 

Read up on the latest scams to abreast of the latest modus operandi. And be familiar with what a phish looks like, so you can recognize common tricks when you see them. Practice smart surfing—when on the web, and make sure that the website you’re visiting is secure before you enter any information. If you have any doubts, enter a fake password, since phony sites will accept false information. You may also want to use a search engine to help you navigate since they can catch misspellings and prevent you from landing on fake websites. Also, use a search tool which indicates in your search results whether sites are safe or not.

 

OnePlus TV: Will be a game-changer in the TV Market

For its first TV, OnePlus has benchmarked against “the best of the best” in TV, and the company is using 4K resolution quantum dot, “QLED” screen panels. QLED panels are more advanced and deliver better brightness and color quality than standard LCD/LED panels.

OnePlus TV is a premium product, and it’ll come with a price tag that will reflect its premium nature.

It will run on a customized and optimized version of Google’s Android TV platform. “It’s our prerogative that we optimize and integrate very deeply [with Android TV] for the best user experience,” said the company.

One of the ways OnePlus TV will differentiate itself from other smart TV is the way it’ll display content. Instead of showing users a list of streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu, it plans to show you the content you like. The idea here is to remove the step of remembering which streaming app has which TV show or movie you’re searching. Connectivity between smartphones and the TV itself will be a significant aspect. The company says this is a point of focus.

OnePlus plans an ongoing roll-out of features that makes use of smartphone connectivity to the OnePlus TV. An initial example is the capability to use the keyboard on a smartphone. You can type on the OnePlus TV, which addresses the cumbersome experience of pressing the arrow and “Enter” buttons on a TV remote to navigate around a TV’s on-screen keyboard. Anyone who’s ever typed in their usernames and passwords to log into apps on their smart TV—will surely appreciate this feature—indicating an expandable menu.

The OnePlus TV will be launched in India first, with the EU, USA, and China launches coming later. Pricing to come soon.