The Internet is a jungle of websites, daily we surf on the wild safari of different websites to perform different operations. Today, we are using websites from shopping online to perform our banking activities. However, all the websites available on the internet are not safe some of the websites are a ploy designed by hackers.
These hackers and cybercriminals are refined con artists who know exactly how to attack their target. According to a rough estimate in 2018 around $1.5 trillion lose has been incurred by hackers. This is a huge figure and if you don’t want to be part of some figures, you have to play smart. Foremost, you have to understand the difference between fake and authentic websites. That’s because most of the cyber attacks are planned with fake websites.
How to Identify a Fake Website?
#1. Look at your website URL
Normally, people pay no attention to the URL of websites, but this is a wrong habit. In the URL, plenty of information related to the website can be disclosed easily like where you are, how secure is the site, etc., That’s why most of the web browser has coined the term Line of Death. The idea behind is to some norms so that user never trust any site below the point.
To protect yourself from visiting fake websites, you have to understand the construction of the URL. You have to always know your domain because subdomain can be misleading. If you are bit confused here, then always look for two things in website URL;
- TLD always appears after the actual domain name
- Green padlock signifies SSL certificate
#2. Don’t Trust HTTP
When the internet was developed, HTTP wasn’t defined as the internet wasn’t used for commercial purposes. In fact, commercial use of the internet was illegal at that time. The internet was a prime source to share academic and government information. So, anything with plain HTTP can be easily stolen from the internet.
To overcome this problem, SSL or Secure Sockets Layer was developed. SSL was later succeeded by TLS or Transport Layer Security. Today, we colloquially refer to both as SSL. In short, HTTP + TLS – HTTPS is a secured version of HTTP.
#3. View Certificate Details
Now, this is a bit advanced setting, to do that you have to open the browser menu and this can be overwhelming if you don’t have knowledge of SSL certificate. The presence of green bar only indicates whether the connection is secured or not. This only means that no third party can come between you and the connection. But, here you still don’t know that who’s on the other side of the connection.
For this, you have to click on the link of the website and have to check the certificate details of the page.
#4. Look for Trust Seal
When a company makes a substantial investment in providing security to their customers, they probably want credit for that. So, you can look for the trust seals to identify the authenticity and safety factors of a website.
#5. Refer to Google Safe Browsing Transparency Report
This is a new initiative taken by Google to check the safety of a website. The Google Safe Browsing Transparency Report allows you to copy and paste the URL into a field and it gives you a report on whether or not you can trust that website. It isn’t any fancy method to check the website safety, buy this method can indeed provide you a good insight.
So, folks, stay alert and always browse the safe websites on the internet. Try your level best to identify the signs of fake websites.