Internet is ruling your life today, isn’t it? From finding study materials to roaming around online shopping sites, the internet can make everything quick and easy. Besides that, the internet is also very easy to access. You don’t need to start your computer or laptop to find information or just hanging out on social media networks.
If you have a smartphone, you can do those all anytime, anywhere. Not only the smartphones, but the technological advancements have brought smartwatches, spectacles, etc, from where you can access the internet and varieties of websites. Now, negative is always associated with positives, right. If the internet has come to your life with so many boons, there are certain curses also. You must have heard of cybercrimes that include fraudulent activities over the internet.
Some websites can fraud you and cheat all your money from a bank account or get all your personal information to abuse you. So, if you want to stay secure in the web world and make people around you alert about web scams, you need to know how to spot fake websites. Today, we will have a thorough discussion of that.
Phishing- The Term of Fraudulent Activity on the Internet
While talking about stealing information from your online presence, phishing is the term that is used mostly. To define phishing, it can be said that it is an online fraud that snatches out the important information about the organizations under disguise. It is really difficult to figure out that you are under any scam of phishing as it is a form of social engineering which can appear in several forms and also target you in different media to prove their legitimacy.
How does phishing work? Here, the attacker targets your website and starts sending you simple-looking mail from such an address that looks like an official address. Such a page can look alike Google page and if someone is not acquainted with the Google official page, they will get into the trap quite easily. Thus, many people fall for such fake websites and share lots of personal information, including your company or medical information.
What Are Other Types of Frauds Happen over Internet
Though phishing is the most prominent one, there are certainly other types of cyberattacks that can ravage the life of the laymen.
- The Old-fashioned Style– Did you find a website where the expensive items are available at a cheap deal? For example, an iPhone is selling at $50 only. You know it by heart that it is never possible. So, don’t fall for it and share any of your information with such shopping sites.
- Third-party Content Injection– While you are in a WiFi hotspot area, have you got pop-ups and advertisements, continuously on your mobile? This is known as third-party interjection where the ISP injects its content into your system so that you don’t get to see a site as it is, but you are watching a fake version.
- Eavesdropping– This is a kind of phishing where the attacker steals your information during data transmission. To stop eavesdropping, connection security is required. Else, all the information that you share online can be stolen.
How to Spot a Fake Website?
Now, when you know the type of scams that happen over the internet, it is time to stay safe. There is a cyber crime department of the administration who is always beside you to help you. But, you have to be cautious about your safety too. There are certain simple ways that you should remember to spot fake websites and stay away from their scams. Have a look-
- Check out the URL of the Site Attentively
This is the first thing you need to know when spotting fake sites. Many people don’t at all pay any attention to the address bar to check the URL of the site. This is a big mistake. The URL is the one that will give you enough information about the site and you will know where you are. So, make it your habit to check the address bar always while opening a new site.
At first, you need to check whether a website starts with https:// or not. Here, the ‘S’ indicates that the website is secure as it uses encryption to send data and thus, protects your information. If you find any website with Http:// that means there is no guarantee of security and you should stay away from sharing any personal information in those sites.
The next important thing is to check the domain name. Often the scammers use adulterated spelling for popular domain names like AmaZon.com and all. Checking out the address bar will let you know the fact well.
- Unusual Low Prices and Offers
Today, online shopping is trendy and it is difficult to find a person who doesn’t shop online. Due to such excessive use, there is news of scams are coming every day in the newspaper. So, it is high time to keep yourself safe. Here, you need to remember that retailers can give you discounts and offers, but that is not without keeping their interest. If you ever see any site offering discounts more than 50 percent, you have to be cautious about the interest of that website. If you ever find any branded objects are sold much lower than the retail price of the store, you should not buy from such sites.
- Check out the Poor Grammar and Spelling
While you are checking out any website content, if you find any spelling or grammatical error, you should be alert. There is no chance of any such mistakes in any website content. So, if you find any such content with lots of spelling and grammatical errors that means the website is more concentrated on scamming the untrained users instead of making the website look professional and attractive which is the aim of all legitimate websites.
- Absence of Proper Reviews
This is another simple yet important way to find out fake websites on the internet. Whatever website you are looking for, you will get particular review sites where you will find the effective reviews on that particular site, whether negative or positive. If it is an e-commerce site, you have to check the website’s review before sharing any information. Now, if there is no review then it is a fake website. So, checking the reviews is the only way to verify the authenticity of the website.
- Check out the Reliable Contact Information
While you go through a website, you will find the contact information there if needed. You can try to contact the parent company over the phone and email. Can you call them? Is the phone number legitimate? Is there someone to receive the call? If you get a negative answer to all these questions and also there is no other way to contact the company except sending a mail, then you have to be skeptical about the authenticity of the website. Even if you find a site that is only available for ‘Live’ chat but not for call or email, then also you have to doubt the legitimacy of the website.
- The Terms and Conditions Are Vague
When you deal with an e-commerce website, you have to check out the terms and conditions of the site quite carefully. An authentic site will never cause you any mess regarding payment options and return policy. But, if the terms and conditions are not clear to you and even if those are not present there on the site, you should stay away from the website.
While making a payment, you should look out for authentic payment options, like a credit card, PayPal, etc. If a website wants you to use any non-popular wire transfer or any unsecured form of payment, you need to stay away from it.
- Go for a Virus Scan
If a site shows you pop-ups and advertisements continuously believe that the site is insecure. Ads are not susceptible always and you may not get when you are being scammed. When you see more ads are appearing on the website than the content and if you go for closing those that take you to another website, then you have to be suspicious.
You will find lots of free resources that can lead you to run a virus scan that can detect the activity of malware, phishing, etc. The best thing you can do to keep yourself safe from fake websites is to install strong antivirus software on your devices so that no scam can happen to your information.
So, here you get the information about the types of faking that scammers do online and also you get certain ways to keep yourself safe. You have to do certain research on such activities to know things in detail and also take effective steps to protect your information right away. Online shopping is the easiest way to get your personal information as there are lots of fake shopping sites. So be aware! Your safety is in your hands.