Websites can have malware or other malicious code built into their programming language. Fortunately, most web browsers have some degree of built-in security measures to help prevent users from visiting such sites. Browser security can only go so far, however, and users must remain proactive and ever-diligent in protecting themselves against theft and fraud.
Since the olden days (when state-of-the-art computers occupied entire rooms), computer technology has been in a perpetual state of advancement. Today, we’ve shrunken those room-sized behemoths into pocket-sized, mega-powerful machines that are 1000s of times more efficient than anything envisioned in the early days of computing. More powerful, however, doesn’t automatically equate to more secure; a fact I think many users forget when using their devices. Part of the problem, it seems to me, is that hackers and cybercriminals benefit from advances in computer technology, just like the rest of us do. Improved computing power means more-sophisticated hardware and software for thieves to use in stealing your personal information and your identity. Moreover, hackers and cybercriminals are constantly improving their skills and knowhow, continually adjusting and altering their techniques, and constantly devising new schemes to dupe users into divulging private information. Thus, users must remain ever-diligent, ever-aware in working to prevent data and identity theft.