"Tab-Napping" is not just another name for cat napping.
Sadly, tab napping refers to stealing your banking information and preys upon those who open lots of tabs on their browser at the same time.
It's a sophisticated scam and one that doesn't rely on requiring you click on a link to a scammer's Web page. Instead, it replaces an inactive browser tab with a fake page specifically set up to gather your personal data without your realizing it has happened.
Scammers replace the Web page you opened with a fake version containing malicious code. The page looks virtually identical to the legitimate page you originally visited. So now -- in addition to watching for email grifters, website con artists and stupid Facebook games -- you have to keep an eye on your browser tabs.
Specifically, follow these five guidelines to avoid falling victim from this latest rip-off.
1. Watch Your URL Bars
Check to make sure the URL in the browser address page is correct before you enter any login details. A fake tabbed page will have a different URL than the website you think you’re using.
2. Look for the "S"
Always check the URL has a secure https:// address even if you don’t have tabs open on the browser.
3. Close It Up
If the URL looks suspicious in any way, close the tab and reopen it by entering the correct URL again.
4. Use New Windows
Avoid leaving tabs open which require you to type in secure login details. Don't open any tabs while doing online banking - open new windows instead (CTL + N).
5. Bank Safely
Finally, take a look at Online banking: How to stay safe to find out other ways to protect yourself from online scams.
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