How to Check Websites are Safe

How to Check Websites are Safe
The technology behind the internet is changing so fast and what we know today could be totally obsolete next year. It is impossible to be completely up to date with everything that is evolving but there are some things that you should always be on top of and that is online security.

You want to know that the website you are visiting and uploading your personal and financial information is safe and secure. There should be no compromising of security. Here are a few things you need to check:

1. Ensure that the URL starts with HTTPS (when entering personal data)

When you are just browsing around an online shopping site, the regular HTTP start to the URL will most likely be in place. For general browsing you don’t need to worry about the S. It’s only when you begin to proceed to the checkout and you have to start leaving personal data and payment data that you need to make sure that the https security layer is in place. Amazon, for example, will always have this security layer at places that you leave your personal data. Your bank, like HSBC for example, will have this security layer in place always.

2. Check what the website can do with your information

Before you start entering all your personal information, your address, your pet’s name and your favourite food, you might want to check what the website plans to use your information for. Make sure that there is a strict privacy and security policy in place. If you don’t want the website owners to pass your information onto a third party (think: Spam!!) then make sure this is clearly stated in their policy agreement. You might want to agree to get promotional emails from the website for example, but not that they pass your email on to another party. Quality gaming sites like have a strict security policy and very safe website where your personal data is kept secure and will not be passed on to others.

3. Update your Anti-Virus program

Make sure your anti-virus protection is up to date. There is nothing more comforting than that pop up window showing that some potential nasty Trojan horse scum has been quarantined and destroyed.