Monthly Archives: August 2008

Security Alert! Typos Pose New Danger All Their Own

Just when you think you’re up to date with all the security issues confronting digital professionals – along comes another one: typo squatting.

Typo squatting is when a domain is purchased and published solely because it is a typographical error of an existing domain. Think: micrpspft.com, tatget.com, legaltypst.com.

The squatted domain owner puts up content based on their intent – from making it look as close to the original as possible to try and capture credit card and other confidential information to downloading malicious code onto visitor’s computers. Since these are independent domains, the owners can make the pages look and act any way they wish.

As illustrated in the clip below from the Tech Republic blog post,Three ways to prevent data leakage due to typo-squatting, nowadays, one small typo isn’t just embarassing, it can wreak havoc with your digital security.

Typo-squatting is more than a way for scammers to make a quick buck. It can also lead to data leakage. The more secretive attacker doesn’t even put up a page to correspond with the squatted-domain. Only a DNS MX record exists to forward emails to the appropriate, potentially malicious, mail server. Organizations that follow proven practices for protecting their email and good name are reasonably safe. However, those who ignore the growing threat posed by these attacks are facing increasing risks.

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EzineArticles.com and Christopher Knight Do It Again!


I’ve been an EzineArticles.com author for quite some time. The owner of EzineArticles.com is Christopher Knight. I’ve watched as he’s built the EzineArticles.com empire into the quality site and service it is today. In fact, I’m proud to have been along for much of the ride! (You can check out my expert page here).

Well, along with providing a well thought out and easy to use website for authors of all tech comfort levels, Christopher is always educating the EzineArticles.com community about issues such as article marketing, internet marketing and writing/producing quality content. In other words, he practices what he preaches!

Recently, Christopher put together a 15-page dowonloadable .pdf entitled: Introduction to Article Writing and Marketing – which I just finished reading word for word.

First off – my heartfelt congratulations to Chris! Again, he has put together a document which contains NO typos. In today’s rushed, digital world, not many pay as close attention to proofing as Chris!

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Second, THANKS! It’s always refreshing to have a credible source to send my contacts. Chris has done a great job of putting together the nuts and bolts, practical information that anyone can immediately use to dramatically increase their credibility and reach within the digital world – all in one quick read!

If you’ve used article marketing and are not finding it effective – or if you are just starting out and want to get started right you must read this guide: