Web Woes: What Are Trusted Websites?
In many cases scammers and hackers have now upped the ante on their operations and do a fairly great job of making sure that their exploits look like the real deal. So how do you tell what is good and what is bad? While some people in the digital world are a little bit tech savvy, most users have no clue what good or bad is, it seems. Many times people get duped because they think a particular website can be trusted when it really cannot. However, this is an art anyone can learn (sort of).
The dangerous bit
Websites that can’t be trusted are dangerous because they can actually help someone steal all kinds o information that is private and sensitive for you. From clearing out your bank account to stealing your identity – your private data can be used for a whole lot.
A fake website will always leave some clues or the other to tell you it’s fake, however. When you’re using the internet look at the address bar. If the address is starting with an HTTPS then your connection is secure and you’re at the right place. Remember that there is an S at the end, some people confuse HTTP and HTTPS.
The address bar will have other clues for you too. For starters there will be a small padlock either at the start or the end of your URL depending on the browser you are using. The padlock quite literally does whatever it can to keep hackers out of your personal information. And a website that has it is most likely legit.
Websites with TRUSTe, WebTrust and other similar certifications will always be secure. They will not be out to steal your data and information. This is a good marker to check for. But do your research on internet trust organizations so you know what to look out for as well.
Finding the bad parts
If you can’t figure out whether a website is the real deal or not then you can also look out for clues that can prove that it’s bad news. For starters, if the website you’re looking at is one that you found your way to by clicking on a link and email or a text message then it could be a phishing scam and a fake website.
If your browsers gives you a security notification don’t be alarmed. At times browsers can glitch, but a lot of the times they are right as well. The best course of action to take then is to do a little digging. How did you come across the link? Can you avoid opening it? What was it meant for? Make sure you can answer all these questions before doing anything.
A website that has weird content such as porn will most likely be a bad one. And websites that are promising you deals or money for nothing but your personal information are also most likely going to be fake.
A website that asks for your original ID and password for the account of another website is most likely also going to misuse your information. Remember that no website will ask you for your financial details or anything similar without HTTPS and that little padlock.
Stay informed so you can stay safe.