What would the world have looked like if internet never existed? ‘Sluggish’ is one word which comes to our mind along with a host of other downsides. Ranked at the pinnacle of inventions of the 20th century Internet has blessed us with many revolutionary ideas. However, with the passage of time Internet has become a dangerous place. Scams, fake identities, illegal arms business, drug trade, human trafficking and other criminal activities are being managed at the click of a button. There are rising reports of fraudulent activities and amidst this scenario, you must resort to safe browsing. Here is how you can manage it and stay safe from counterfeit websites.
Check the URL: One of the best ways to determine the legitimacy of a website is by checking its URL. Fake websites will visually try to look authentic, but they cannot have the same URL. Generally, they will have a spelling error in the URL, try to spot it.
‘S’ in HTTPS means safe and secure: E-commerce, finance and banking websites are required to have HTTPS protocol. They need to have ‘S’ which stands for secure. Even an authentic website which gives it a miss can easily get hacked, therefore, it is better to look out for the ‘S’ in the URL for a safe transaction. Secure websites will generally have a lock and HTTPS symbol.
Genuine software will help: Always rely on reliable browsers like Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Edge. These browsers have built-in features that will inform you when you are about to visit a fake website. Moreover, antivirus software has extensions for browser that will tell you the authenticity of the website.
Read through the website: If you are interested in buying a product from a website, then it is better to go through its sections. Incorrect English is one of the biggest giveaways of a scam site. Besides, a blank Contact Us page also hints towards a dubious website. Google search ranking also determines the genuineness of a website. Fraud websites will usually have a lower ranking and will not appear on top of the search page compared to an original website.
Check the advertisements: Genuine websites will usually not have a bombardment of ads and popups if such is the case then the website is a scam.
You can use WHO.IS listing: If you want to dig deep down to determine a website’s authenticity, then you can certainly use who.is to determine the website’s owner along with the registered address.