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Top 5 Ways to Tell If a Site Can Be Trusted

Posted on: 06/22/11
The truth is, the more the Internet grows, the more it becomes infected with malicious websites attempting to retrieve your personal information. But you don’t have to fall into the trap if you know what to look for. Here are the top 5 ways you can avoid mayhem on the Internet:

1. If a site offers you something that is too good to be true, chances are, it’s not safe. For example, if a site offers you a free iPad delivered to your doorstep with just the click of a button, more likely than not, the site is completely fake. Think about it: for you to get the prize delivered to your doorstep, the site needs to receive your address. Once they have your address and name, imagine what other personal information they can get.


2. Never click on a link sent from an email you don’t know. If the email is one that you can’t recognize or is composed of symbols that you can’t understand, do not even open it. Want to know something else hackers do? Sometimes, the hackers are shrewd enough to create email addresses that include your own name or the name of a friend or family member. If this happens, mark it as spam and do not click inside the email.


3. If you can’t tell whether or not a website is real, call its number and find out. If you want to be sure that they do not know your number, remember to add *67 before you enter the website’s number—adding *67 before you dial a number makes sure that the receiver of the call does not know who is calling.


4. If you see a padlock at the bottom of your browser, then the website is most probably safe. Be sure to check for the padlock before you enter personal information into a website; if it’s not there, rethink whether or not you should enter that website.


5. See if the website has an “s” after the http in the address. This is just another way to make sure that the site you’re inputting personal information in is safe. If the website doesn’t, this means that the site is most likely not safe and it is recommended that you do not input your personal information.


Evidently, it is impossible for us to pinpoint every way to detect a fraudulent site since, as we learn more about hackers, the more they change their means of getting our personal information. The best thing to do is to follow your gut. If you feel even the slightest unease about inputting personal information or clicking on a particular ad, don’t. Chances are, you’ll make the right choice. If not, is always here to help.

Happy web surfing! More posts to come.

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