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If the Internet is secure, why are there Internet security problems?

There are three major weaknesses to Internet security.  Passwords are the greatest Internet security risk.  The second weakness is that Internet security depends on you personally making sure you are at the right Web site.  Phishing, malware, and other online attacks try to get you to click on a link that takes you to a phony site that looks like the legitimate site, but is actually a fake copy run by criminals.  In a man-in-the-middle attack, just like the name implies, a fraudster inserts himself between you and the legitimate Web site allowing him to eavesdrop on the communication to hijack it or steal login information.  (See also Q&As on phishing, malware and man-in-the-middle.)

Can you spot the bad site below?  Your online service providers expect you to.  While it is evident in this example, the question is how closely do you look normally

 

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