Beware of Tabnappers

Have you ever done this? Kept a few tabs open on your computer... going back and forth from one site to the next.
I know I have... shopping for the best rates on airfares. But computer experts say don't do it on sites where you're inputting your credit card or personal information. You could become a tabnapping victim.
Jeff Lanza, a retired FBI agent says, "They can actually look at your tabs that you have open and if they see you have a bank site open... then they can actually go in there and stick in their information so when you go back to the bank site to pay a bill... you'll be on their site."
Lanza warns about this latest scam while giving a presentation to the Colvert/Harvey Group with UBS Financial Services in Colorado Springs.
Lanza says the best advice... don't leave tabs open.
He advises, "Open a new browser window. So you're on your banking site and you want to go to check gmail... don't do new tab, do new browser window. Then you have a separate browser window or close out your tab entirely."
This is not your typical phishing attack. In fact, computer experts say it's much more devious because you're not being asked to go to another site. It's one that's familiar to you.
Another suggestion... always check the URL. If the URL is wrong... you know you're not on a protected site, but have been tabnapped to another.


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