10 Ways to Check If a Website Is Legit or Not
Here’s How to Tell if a Website Is Legit
Also, the Better Business Bureau (BBB), Scam Tracker reports says, 11,212 scams have been registered till this April 2020, and around 35,473 in 2019, in the USA alone. By looking at these records, it’s easier to say that you may suffer a loss if you don’t take precautions, and it’s also equally vital that you learn how to identify such attacks to stay safe.
How to Check if a Website Is Legit?
Below are the ten different ways you can check if a website is legit or not.
1. Never Click Links of Unsolicited Emails
To verify whether the email is genuine or not, it’s best practice to hover the mouse over the login button or link provided in the email, so you can get an idea on which exact link you’ll be redirected. As there’s a chance that once you enter your credentials, your account gets compromised, or account details get sold over the dark web.
2. Check for Writing Mistakes
The tone of an email is proper or not because genuine companies like Apple or Microsoft will never sound threatening, even if you don’t follow the requested steps.
3. Verify Trust Seal of the Website
4. Check the Details of the SSL/TLS Certificate
For viewing the details of the issued SSL/TLS certificate in Google Chrome, click the padlock in the address bar and click on Certificate (Valid). In Mozilla Firefox, click the padlock icon and then go to Connection Secure option and click More Information and then View Certificate.
5. Verify Contact Page
6. Social Media Presence
7. Make Use of the Google Safe Browsing Transparency Report
8. Keep Check on URL of the Website
Moreover, if you’re on an e-commerce website, for example, a shopping portal, it’s suggested that you also go through their shopping and return policies. It’ll help you recognize whether you’re on a legit website or not, as the legit website mention this type of information
10. Try Identifying Signs of Malware
We Encourage Reporting Fake or Malicious Websites
Google – Report Malicious Site
Mozilla – For Reporting Fake Sites via Mozilla Firefox
Also, if you’re using Microsoft browser, then it’s even easier. It let their users report such malicious sites from within their browsers. To report, you simply need to:
Press Alt+X, it’ll open the menu from that select: Safety > Report Unsafe Website
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