Nowadays, Internet is full of different Web sites with loads of content and shopping portals. With its increasing popularity, it is of no surprise that there has been a sharp rise in the number of scam sites on the World Wide Web. To prevent yourself from these sites that only aim at looting your money and time, it is quite vital to validate a site’s legitimacy. In fact, this is the first smart move in the urge of online protection against financial frauds and spyware attacks. Now, the good news is that you, as an online user, can easily check out as to whether the Web site is legitimate or not irrespective of your level of Internet knowledge and access. Therefore, are you eager to explore some of these smart ways? Let us check them out!
Hit the Search Engine to Know about the Domain
If you hear about a Web site, perform some inquiry about its domain even before opening it. You might not know, but even opening the site can install viruses or Trojans in your computer. Therefore, this has to be your first step. Just search Google with the name of the site and keywords such as scam, fraud, and unreliable.
If the site is really not legitimate, you will find many links talking about the site as scam. However, in such testimonials, do look for the contact information of the people who call the site as a scam. You just cannot believe everything that you read online unless all reviews are negative.
In addition, open http://www.dnscoop.com and check when the domain was registered. It is believed that the long-term reputable sites are always registered much in advance. Therefore, if the site is only a year old, you might want to probe in a bit deeply.
Find the Network Neighbors of the Site
This is the second step, as the neighbors say a lot with regards to spam and phishing. You might not be aware of the fact that many fraud sites exist in a shared IP address. To know the neighbors, just open http://www.myipneighbors.com/ and enter the name of the site. If you find some neighbors that are already under the category of scam (do so by using the first way above), do not open the site. This is more reliable than asking for people’s opinions.
Look for Reliable Information
It is good to know that most of the fraud sites have no valid contact information. Therefore, in case of business or shopping sites, only the above two steps do not suffice. This is the next step that you have to follow wherein you look for e-mail, physical address, and phone number.
Further, you must verify them by calling on the number and sending an e-mail, as a good site will always be eager to answer to you accurately and politely. In case the site does not offer any of the contact information, visit www.whois.net for the same from where you can obtain the information. In addition, check out some customer reviews and awards for the site.
Spot Security Symbols
A legitimate Web site will always take care of your security in form of ‘https’ wherein ‘s’ means security and VeriSign logo. Further, it will pass the check of anti-virus tools of McAfee and Norton.