The scariest sites on the net? They're not the ones you might suspect. Here's what to watch for and how to stay safe, in our list of the 17 scariest places on the internet.
Threat 7: Geolocation - your smartphone and perhaps other parties know where you are
The place: Your smartphone
If you have to go there: Be particular about the location-based sites, apps, and services that you use. As shown in the screenshot at right services such as Yelp provide good examples of useful location-aware apps. On the other hand, weigh the privacy implications of services like FourSquare or the new Facebook Places feature, and consider how much you feel comfortable divulging.
Threat 8: 'Poisoned' search engine results that go to malware-carrying websites
The place: Search engines
Search engine poisoning is the practice of building tainted sites or pages that are designed to rank high in a search on a given topic. For example, according to a recent study by the security firm McAfee, 19 percent of search results for 'Cameron Diaz and screensavers' had some sort of malicious payload. Breaking news topics and Facebook are also common search targets for attackers.
If you have to go there: Pick and choose which sites to go to. Don't just blindly click search results; check each URL first to make sure that it really leads to the site you want. Although any site can be hacked, visiting the Washington Post's story on a hot news topic, for example, is probably a wiser choice than following a link to a site you've never heard of before.
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