Tuesday Tip: Unsafe Website

By Kristen Evangelista

I am sure we have all had those moments when we are online, and might just be surfing the web, or maybe we have a specific search in mind. You find a website you want to go to, but you pause as you are unsure how safe it is; what next? Take a chance, or is there an alternative?

There are actually several organizations that offer free online tools for looking up websites that could be potentially threatening. Some of these tools provide history regarding the website, others examine the URL in real time to determine if there is any danger.

Below are some of the sites put together by Lenny Zeltser if you want to read more about him:

The full list is on Lenny’s website and he always asks if you feel one is missing, to inform him so he can research.

He also has a list for Automated Malware Analysis Services and Blocklists of Suspected Malicious IPs and URLs.

Lastly, based on responses he received on Twitter, below are some poor recommendations people shared with him that they received that has been titled ‘Worst Information Security Advice Ever Received’. Hope it entertains and teaches at the same time:

  • Don’t worry. It’s the trusted internal network
  • We don’t need policy….we have all been working together for 20 years
  • Why don’t you plug this mysterious USB key into your roommate’s computer?
  • Don’t worry about malware if you have a Mac
  • Don’t worry, no one will ever target us
  • Use a password that’s seven characters long
  • Your password may not exceed six characters in length
  • Deploy it to production first, we don’t have time to test in QA

Kristen Evangelista: In her role as Client Manager with Network 1, Kristen is the liaison and main point of contact for clients in both the medical and financial professions. She is skilled at listening to her clients’ needs and acting as a liaison between them and the field engineers and support team.

Network 1 designs, builds and supports the IT you need to run your business more securely, productively and successfully. Whether you want to outsource all of your IT needs to a reliable, responsive, service-oriented company, or need to supplement the work of your internal IT staff, we will carefully evaluate where you are now, discuss where you want to go and implement and support a plan to get you there with as little interruption as possible.

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