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It doesn’t matter if you are using a mac or windows, iOS or Android, there is a strong chance of getting phished. Do you want to stream videos on the internet without getting any malware? Or are you going to buy something online and not sure about entering your card details? You should know how to check a website is safe or not before you put yourself in trouble.

It is good to be cautious and vital to check a website before sharing any personal information like credit card numbers, passwords, addresses, etc. We have tailored a few quick steps which act as a helping hand to verify the trustworthiness of a website.

How to check if a website is safe

1.Apply Browser's Safety Tools

The popular web browser already comes with various security features that can help to browse in a safe manner. These in-built tools in the browser can stop annoying pop-ups, block unsafe flash content, sends 'Don't Track' requests to the websites, etc.

You can review your settings in these four browsers mentioned below to ensure your security:

  • Chrome: Settings > Advanced > Privacy and security
  • Edge: Settings > Advanced settings
  • Firefox: Options > Privacy & Security
  • Safari: Preferences > Privacy

Use a Website Safety-Check Tool If you want to verify a website or a specific URL in a quick manner, you can use website safety checker such as Google

Safe Browsing, Certly Guard, etc. This technology examines billions of URLs on a daily basis looking for unsafe websites.

You need to copy the URL and paste into the search box of the checker, hit Enter. The tool will verify the URL and check the website reputation in a few seconds.

You can use any trusted site-checker; do not forget to bookmark the same. It is essential to check every website, especially when you are entering your personal information.

2.Cross-Verify URLs

It is a simple and quick way to do your own website check by verifying the URL. You can get a rough idea where this link is taking you by noticing the URL carefully. In Chrome and Firefox, you can see the link at the bottom-left of the browser. You can also check the same in Safari by following the steps given below:

First, Click on the View menu and select Show Status Bar. It will also display the link in the bottom left corner when you hover the mouse over it. Sometimes, you think like, is this website safe to buy from?

In this case, you should confirm the spelling of the URL as attackers often substitute the words with visually similar characters. For Example, paypal.com can be paypa1.com, amaz0n.com instead of amazon.com, etc. These types of phishing websites are created to get your credit card numbers, passwords, etc.

3.Verify HTTPS

When you are visiting a website, you must be sure it is using https or not. Hypertext Transfer Protocol is the basic protocol for sending data between the websites you visit and the web browser. In HTTPS, s stands for ‘Secure ’ that means it is a safe version of HTTP.

It is often used for e-commerce like online banking and shopping. It encrypts your data to prevent hackers from stealing your data like banking usernames and passwords. If you want to know if a site is using HTTPS, check for the padlock in the navigation bar. If it is available, then the website is using SSL digital certificate, which means your connection is protected.

4.Check Privacy Policy

If you are already enjoying a website but unable to classify it as legitimate or illegitimate, go for Privacy Policy. Reputable and trusted websites always come with Privacy Polices as it is a law in most countries. So, spare a minute to find the privacy policy on the website.

You may be unable to understand Privacy Policies due to its legalese form. It is best to find words like data, retain, third parties, etc. by using find option on your device. This gives you the idea of a website that how it handles your data like whether it sells to third parties or keep the same.

5.Install Web Security Tool

You can also install anti-virus software on your device, which prevents you from dodgy websites. They come with the option of Web Shield to block malicious and fake URLs.

Conclusion

There are some websites that look like full of spam that you don’t have any need to do a formal check. You can mark the website as malware by looking pop-ups, malicious redirects, and warnings from search engines.