How do you know if the website you are using is real, and is not going to infect your computer for a deadly virus?

The internet is such a huge and valuable resource these days both in life generally and in business. But with millions of websites out there and each one asking them to provide us with our email address and personal details, how do we know we can trust them? Or if the site is even real?

Internet security is such an important issue, especially if you are running a business. SO we’ve put together a few things to keep in mind when browsing on the internet and you stumble across a suspicious website.

Update your browser

Some online browsers can recognise a fake website and will let you know about it so make sure your software updated.

Use the tools provided

Check for the padlock symbol next to the address bar of a website and make sure the web address starts with https:// before you give any bank details to a website.

Check your errors

Sometimes a site tries to catch you out by pretending to be the site of a big well known brand. If you think a site could be doing this, check to make sure there are no spelling errors or suspicious looking photos and logos. These shouldn’t appear on a genuine website.

Look for direct contact

If you’re not sure about a site, check to see if there are contact details listed on the site, such as a phone number. Perhaps give them a call first just to make sure. If there is no way to contact them directly, be careful.

Check for reviews

Have a look to see what reviews the site has got and what people are saying about it online. Whether it’s good or bad, the chances are that someone will have been shouting about it, especially in this age of social media.

Trust your instincts

If you don’t feel that a website seems genuine and taking the previous steps hasn’t eased your worries, then simply don’t use it. Don’t give them your details or make any downloads. It’s better to be safe than sorry.