The number of suspicious websites is always increasing that are trying to catch out unsuspecting consumers. Students trying to order last-minute essays are also vulnerable to cyber attacks. You would think that it is the responsibility of the webpage owner to ensure its reliability but not all sites are looked after the same. So to keep yourself protected while browsing online here are the tell-tale signs to look out for.
Look out for the “S” in HTTPS
This is important as the ‘S’ means the site has added security provided by an SSL certificate to keep information safe. If it does not have a certificate then sensitive information entered on the site could be at risk. Cyber criminals or hackers could gain access to this exposed weakness in information flow. This isn’t the only precaution a website owner can take but it’s a good start to see that a site takes it customers security serious, so always look out for ‘HTTPS’ in the address bar.
Find out their contact information
If this is something that reassures you that a website is genuine then you are not the only ones. Most people while browsing sites look for an email address or phone number before trusting it. A reputable essay service website should display either a phone number, email address, physical address, some kind of contact center and their social media accounts. Just because they display any of this information doesn’t mean you are protected but it does mean you can contact them.
Check their trust seal
If you see an icon with “secured” or “protected” on it then there is a good chance it has a trust seal. This means the essay writing website is working with a partner that looks after added security of the site. So you can safely say it has been scanned for malware and you can check this information if you click on the badge. If the seal is legitimate, when you can click on it you will be taken to the verification page on the security partners site. Here will be all the information for that essay company so it’s a good idea to check the trust seal.
Look for the signs of website malware
This is where hackers will replace information like logos and site content with their own. This is easier to spot and means the security of the website has been compromised.
- Strange Pop-ups
Most websites have pop-ups nowadays from a contact center asking if you need assistance to some of the latest offers. Just be vigilant to what you click on, if it seems too good to be true then it often is.
- Malware adverts
Most malicious ads are easy to spot and contain simple spelling and grammar mistakes so clicking on them is not a problem. There also could be strange products that don’t match your browsing history so be careful with these.
This is where a website will imitate another popular site in order to acquire your personal information like bank details or contact information. They may look genuine but mistakes with the spelling and grammar will make it obvious they are fake.
Be careful with URL redirects as if you click on one site and then taken to a completely unrelated website then this could be a malicious redirect using phishing techniques.
This can take many forms but look out for unusual comments or links that can take you to a harmful website.
- Search Engine warning
Some search engines and browsers automatically scan sites for malware before taking you there. If they detect something suspicious, then they will warn you about that site. You have the option to either ignore it and go the site or leave straight away. I would recommend not visiting any sites with a warning.
It is a minefield out there with scammers trying to deceive you and especially unsuspecting students trying to finish their work. Please don’t let this scare you from browsing online, follow the signs I have mentioned and you can be safe online without any worries. I hope this information helps you out and keeps you guys safe!