How do you know a website is safe? Are you having second thoughts about purchasing from a particular online shopping site? It is reasonable to be suspicious, but it's more important to check if the website is safe and keep you safeguarded against cyber-attacks. Especially when it comes to your personal and financial details! This article takes you through some tips and tricks to help you check if the website is legit.
Hackers are prowling over the internet and finding innovative ways to steal information – such as creating fake yet convincing websites. Here's how to know the difference and protect yourself from potential fraudulent activity.
Hackers try and use a reputable and prominent brand name as a domain name for their fraudulent websites. Fictitious websites look genuine enough that they can deceive the most discerning customers. These sites will use a domain name that will reference a well-known legitimate brand or product in order to lure interested customers into their malicious website.
Key traits of malicious websites are:
-Random Images that don't match the website content
Remember, extravagant discounts that are too good to believe are usually signs that the website is a scam. Scam websites attract customers by selling products on their sites at unbelievably inexpensive prices – way below market value.
While shopping online, a customer is hyper focused on the details of a product or in ensuring their personal financial information is correct. So they fail to check whether the site is a scam.
The first step in checking the validity of the website is verifying whether the website has a secure https:// connection. A secure connection would prohibit bad guys from spying on your personal details. If you are using personal details to login and if you find the website has https://connection, definitely do not proceed further.
- Further research the website
- The company name should be found next to the URL
- There should be a padlock symbol to signify that the website is secure
- Check if the website has updated data security certificate
4. Run an Online Website Security Check
There are simple methods in checking whether websites are clean and secure. Comodo Web Inspector is an easy to use website security checker. You can copy paste the URL of the website you intend to check for security and “voila” you will know if the website is secure or a scam.
After running several checks, if you are still not convinced on the legitimacy of a website. Just browse for the contact details and call the company directly. This would help you gauge if the site is legit.
6. Install Website Security Tools
Using Comodo website security tools will help you stay a step ahead of malicious websites. Begin by having a comprehensive solution by downloading Comodo’s complimentary Antivirus along with cWatch Web security. Comodo believes that continued protection is better than a one-time cure. So we will provide any website with the cure: free malware removal! Once your website is clean, our protection plans are the most affordable in the market by providing comprehensive enterprise level security solutions that are priced for the small to medium business owner.