Malware Alert: How do computers get infected with malware?

I ran across a really sneaky way that someone is trying to install malware on unsuspecting victims. I was attempting to sign on to Twitter to update @hilltopcomputer. I must have mistyped Twitter.com and accidentally typed Twiiter.com. The result was a deviously crafted website that looked like Twitter, but was actually a site named UpdateFlashNow.com. This site wanted me to run an update, which I am sure would have loaded my computer with malware.

This episode is a great example of how people get their computers infected. I know that Twitter does not use Flash, this is why I double checked the web address and did not click the big red UPDATE Now button.

Be careful out there!