It would have been nice, I had thought at some point in the past, if my Internet browser can actually get me to the correct site I wanted to go to regardless of whether I missed a letter or two while typing its URL on the address bar.
For some, that may sound like wishful thinking.
But what online bank users are probably not aware of is that banks, especially the major brands like Bank of America, have already made it possible for users to do something like that.
How did they do it? They bought and/or registered likely misspellings of their domain names in an attempt to curb typosquatting. For example, using Bank of America as an example, if we key in "bnkofamerica[dot]com" (missing first 'a'), "bankofmerica[dot]com" (missing second 'a'), "bankofamerca[dot]com" (missing 'i') and "bankofaamerica[dot]com" (second 'a' is doubled) then hitting Enter will direct users to their official, SSL-enabled website.
Curious, I tested URLs of other banks to see if have done the same. To accomplish this personal study, I randomly selected three (3) banks per region, created five (5) misspelling iterations per URL, and organized them into one table, which you can check out below:
Regardless of where users could be led should there be a mistake, it's still wise to double-check that you have keyed in the correct URL on the address bar before accessing it. It's also never too late to stop the browser from loading (if you already punched Enter before checking) and correct misspellings before proceeding. Better safe than sorry, right?