Malware protection from mistyped .OM URLs

Posted March 16, 2016 by David Redekop to Blacklist

Thanks to Lifehacker for reporting this:

Next time you accidentally type .om instead of .com in your browser, beware of malware. A new scam targets URL typos and tries to install dangerous software on your computer.

If you want to protect your entire network from this, simply go from OFF to ON in your DNSthingy.com/dashboard:

better-safe-than-sorry

Now if you mistype yourcompany.com as yourcompany.om in the browser URL, you’ll be protected like this:

yourcompany-om

Of course, if you need to visit legitimate websites that use the .om extension, those can easily be added to a rainbow list. One of the frequent uses of a rainbow list is to create an “exception to the rule”.