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5 Ways to Check if a Website is Secure or Not

In phishing scams, cyber criminals create fake websites that look like the real ones to steal your information. Learn how to spot a malicious website.

Here is a common phishing scenario: you receive an email from your credit card company requesting you to click on a link, so you do. On the website, you are prompted to enter your personal information. But soon after, you find out that the website had been spoofed — your information has been stolen by cyber criminals. The best way to ensure you’re not falling for cyber criminals’ scams is by using an Anti-Hacking tool. Click here to stay safe online:

The Anti-Hacking feature blocks malicious websites and warns you about a website’s intentions so that you won’t enter any personal information into it. It will make sure that you never fall prey to phishing attempts. Nonetheless, it’s always good to know when a website is not secure, too, in case you ever happen to click on one. Here are five sure bets that a website is not legitimate.

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  1. The URL is Not Correct.

If a website wants your personal information — legitimately — its URL should start with an “https://.” If the website to which you want to navigate doesn’t start this way — but normally, it does — you can bet it’s a fake.

  1. The Website Doesn’t Have a Badge Verification.

On the bottom of a secure website, you will see a “Secure and Verified” badge at the bottom of the website. You can click on this badge for more information. If the information provided doesn’t match up with the website you’re on, you might be on a fraudulent web page.

  1. The Website Doesn’t Have a Lock Icon.

The lock icon — which is on the URL address bar at the top of your browser, usually to the left of the URL — is included on secure websites. Fake websites might not have a lock icon or they might create a fake one. Click on the lock icon to check for more information about the website.

  1. The Website Doesn’t Have a Privacy Policy.

If a website doesn’t have a privacy policy, they also can’t promise the security of your information. This could signal it’s a bogus website, therefore, move on to a legitimate one.

  1. The Website Has an Expired SSL Certification

A website with an expired SSL certification means that the website — and any information you enter into it — is susceptible to attack.

It can be easy to be fooled by a spoofed website that looks and operates like websites you use regularly. However, be sure to be wary — and to use DFNDR’s Anti-Hacking feature — to make sure you don’t give away your private information.