6 Mobile Red Flags to Look for When Browsing the Internet
Phishing sites may look like legitimate sites. How do you know if they aren’t? Before your data is stolen, take a look at these great tips to stay safe.
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Examine the Text of a Website
How do you know if a website is trying to steal your info? Look at it. While that sounds simple, and it is, it’s an important thing to do. There could be a few typos, grammatical errors, or spelling mishaps. See if there are any repeating words and paragraphs, too. These errors are a strong signal the website is bogus.
Many Internet browsers let you know if a website is safe by including a “verified” checkmark next to the URL. If the site isn’t verified, and you know it should be, then chances are you are on a phishing site instead.
The text isn’t the only important thing on a website. If you notice that the product images are inappropriate or don’t quite match up to what they are supposed to be, get out of there. Look for images and text that appear a little different than what you’d expect.
If you found the best deal ever online, and are trying to make a purchase but uncertain as to whether or not the website is safe, look for the contact info. If you make a phone call during business hours yet there is no answer, you might want to think twice before handing over your credit card information.
If something feels off to you but you don’t know exactly what it is, perform a quick Internet search of the company or site in question to see if anyone else has mentioned it. Chances are, if it is a scam, it’s been seen and reported before.
If a legitimate business has flashing, animated ads screaming for attention all along the sidebars, the header, and the footer, think twice before spending much time on the page. A real business cares about their professional appearance and won’t clutter a site with third-party ads.