One of a hacker's favorite tools for stealing your information is the phishing scam. Whether it's through email, texts or on social media, sooner or later you will run into messages that try to trick you into clicking on links to malicious websites.
Most of the time, you can spot and avoid these scams if you know what to look for. Unfortunately, you won't always spot a phishing scam and might click a link that takes you to a malicious website. But what is a malicious site anyway?
A malicious site is a site that tricks you into giving away information or downloading a virus. Or it might have code that finds and exploits security holes in your computer. If the site can find a security hole, then it can download a virus to your computer and install it without any action on your part.
Even a legitimate site can become malicious if hackers trick the ad network it uses to run infected ads.
If the hackers have done their job right, detecting a malicious site isn't easy. However, there are some telltale signs you can watch for. Let's take a look at what they are.