Check For Website Safety

Singapore
August 29, 2011 2:43pm CST
Believed many of you would have read a lot about being phished through emails but of late, hackers have been known to create websites or hacked into legitimate sites and infect them with viruses, spywares or malware. So, whether you use a Mac, Windows, or Linux, iOS or Android, there's a real strong chance that you can be another victim of identity theft or personal data theft. Data like bank account details means money and you would be another bank teller to the bad guys at the other end. It is recommended that you will always be alert and take the trouble to double-check the URL of your banking site, social networking site, and e-mail site before logging in. It will be good to install the latest updated web browser and know that they include a safety feature that will indicate whether the accessed site has been verified as legitimate or not. Also, services like Google Safe Browsing (http://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic) and hpHost (http://www.hosts-file.net/) can help find out if a particular site has hosted malware in the past 90 days and the latter could tell you if the site has been used to distribute malware or phishing attacks. So, do use them to check on sites you have the slightest suspicion or discomfort and heed the advice given. Besides, these 2 services there are other security suite add on programs for your browsers like Norton Safe Web, Unmasked Parasites, AVG Link Scanner and AVG's free Mobilation Android app (download) or Lookout Mobile Security (download) will block malicious links on your Android device. So, do be careful and be safe. Ref: http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-20098098-285/how-to-check-if-a-web-site-is-safe/
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@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
29 Aug 11
I would like to add that the new Firefox, version 6.0, browser will flash up an alert screen telling you that you have tried to access a site that has been hacked and Malware has been uploaded to it. Not to your computer but to the site you were trying to access.
• Singapore
30 Aug 11
manleyjoe, Thank you for this update on the latest Firefox browser. Version 6 does have the function you've mentioned which I feel is quite a good and helpful.
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@manleyjoe (1599)
• United States
30 Aug 11
I don't like the function in that it is hard to override when you know the site is ok. example; I tried to visit a friends website and got the pop-up message that there was a problem the site had a malware in it. I knew this not to be the case so tried to override but had problems doing it.
@DoctorDidi (7030)
• India
4 Sep 11
Thank you for the discussion. I must follow your advice for my blog.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
1 Sep 11
One of the things that I do to protect myself when I am going to sites where I have to enter personal information is that I will always type in the address of the site instead of using links. I will also never access our bank account or my paypal account through my email because I know that there are a lot of phishing scams that come through that avenue. I know that it might not seem like a lot, but so far we've been okay.