The Internet can be a great way to find products and services that may not be readily available in your local area, however it is important for you to be able to tell by navigating around on a website whether or not it is legitimate. Sometimes there are individuals or businesses who set up websites specifically to collect your personal, private information or to trick you into purchasing nonexistent products or services. Continue reading to learn about the signs and ways to determine if a specific website is real and legitimate
Call, write, or email the website using the contact information provided on their website to check for legitimacy.
•If you reach an automated voice messaging system, find that the number is not in service, or nobody answers during regular business hours, the website may not be legitimate.
Check out the address bar – is the site verified by google? Most large, safe sites will be verified, and the address bar will display either a location or a safety ranking
Look at the Google SafeBrowse report. Simply type in “http://google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=buyfave.com”
Before the site address in the address bar; Google will give out a report about this specific site
Visit the Whois website featured in the Sources section of this article to validate and assess the company’s information. •Type the company’s website or domain into the “Lookup” box provided on the Whois website and click on the “Go” button.
•Scroll down the Whois Lookup results page to verify if the information provided matches up with the information on the company’s website; such as their country, official contact information, the amount of time they have owned the website or that verifies the website is associated with that program or award.
Look at content and photos on the website to make sure they are original and related to the company’s products and services. •Legitimate websites will usually publish detailed content or information about their business and products and will not copy and paste content from other websites.
Look at the website address in the address bar of your Internet browser to verify that the website or links you have clicked on did not redirect you elsewhere.
Verify that the website’s checkout or payment page is Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) secured to protect your credit card number and other personal information you enter. •SSL secured pages will begin with “[https” https”] instead of “[http” http”] at the beginning of the web address.
Type the company’s name into a major search engine to see if they appear in search results and to see if they are mentioned anywhere else on the Internet. •You may also want to search for the business on consumer review websites such as the Better Business Bureau to seek customer feedback and reviews