Beware of the .click bait, unless you want Internet leprosy

Top ten spam domains revealed

When choosing a domain name you need to look at how the website name reads without spaces so you don’t repeat the oops of Therapist Finder and Pen Islands. But you should check the top level domain (TLD) too because some TLD registries sell domains to professional spammers and malware operators en masse. If you click on any of these links, there's a high chance you'll give your computer Internet leprosy 

Spamhaus have put together a list of the most abused TLDs. Those in the top ten include .men  .click and .loan.  Content on these sites and others are more than likely nasty malware or annoying spam. Spamhaus have been tracking spam and related cyber threats for 20 years, and say many registries do not do enough to stop or limit this endless supply of domains.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) enabled the new TLDs in response to requests from advertisers and domain speculators. Security experts warned the wave of cheaper TLDs would be candy to Internet spammers and scammers, and they were right.  Since they cost so little, scammers can buy in bulk and therefore spam in bulk.

So, if you click on a pop-up of a manga character with an AK47 who brings you to website ending in .men, or you’ve been sent an email and you click on the click bait ending in .top, well done, you’re computer is likely now a phishing pool. Your log-in details are also no longer safe.

If you are interested to know just how scammers get to your personal info and passwords, and how your computer can be used by hackers after you click on a malicious link, check out this video. If you’ve clicked on a link by accident then you need to act. Find out what to do here.