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If the "www" is missing from a URL is it necessarily an attempt at phishing ?

  1. Dec 26, 2014 #1
    If the "www" is missing from a URL is it necessarily an attempt at phishing ? ,

    e.g. instead of https://www.physicsforums.com , what is shown is https://www.physicsforums.com

    [ that was just an example, my question does not relate to physicsforums URLs ].

    Supplementary question : does capitalisation make a difference,

    e.g. can https://PhysicsForums.com take you to a place other than https://www.physicsforums.com

    [ i.e. are URLs case-sensitive ]
     
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2014
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  3. Dec 26, 2014 #2

    Borg

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    No, the version without www will get you to the same place. Phishing sites will usually hide their address or buy a domain that's close like physicforum.com.
    URLs are not case-sensitive.
     
  4. Dec 26, 2014 #3

    Borg

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    Here's what to look for in a phishing scam:

    How Phishing Works
     
  5. Dec 26, 2014 #4

    Doug Huffman

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    About the WWW, no, not all front servers are named WWW. Let your search engine or DNS server show you the options - mail, ftp, irc et cetera.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2014 #5

    DaveC426913

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    Concur.

    www is a convention, but by no means consistent or necessary.
    Even banking sites that live and die by security have different prefixes or no prefixes at all. eg.my Royal Bank site is www1.royalbank.ca
     
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