There are so many online store websites and websites that claim to reward users based on the tasks they perform. Even there are some websites that are based on collecting fees from users for registration and promise the users more money in return after some kind of work which i regard to be total exploitation. These kind of websites are common in Nigeria although, only a few users MAY NOT get scammed while many will loss totally.
Below are the 3 undisputable ways to check if any website is Legit or not.
1. Take a note of the url.
You'd be surprised how many people pay attention to the address bar of their browser. This was a big mistake. The address bar contains a lot of important information about your current location and security level. So make it a habit to look there from time to time when you visit a new page. In fact, most browsers follow the concept of the death line. Users should not trust anything below a certain point in the browser called the death line. An attacker can take control of anything below the line (including some of the above). So, you need to know where to find reliable information. Areas that an attacker can control are marked in red and numbered. Let's take a very quick look.
The favicon website allows you to place your desired icon on a tab.
The domain name is part of the URL, and if you know what you are looking for, you can trust it (more on that later). Content Area - can be anything the attacker wants, including an interesting condiment for legitimate websites. One of the Domain phishing tactics is to create a website that is indistinguishable from the original. For example a website that looks like Facebook or a website that looks like Jumia. To do this, hackers and cybercriminals have become very flexible about copying URLs. It's easy to find yourself between the ability to create subdomains that mimic real-world domains and the confusing ways browsers can shorten URLs. Check the connection security indicator and return to the address bar. If the last point does not emphasize the importance of this browser feature, you should take it home. There are several link indicators in the address bar that let you know if links to this website are private or not.
As mentioned, your internet connection can be eavesdropped. The Internet is based on HTTP or Hypertext Transfer Protocol. When HTTP was first defined, the Internet was not used for commercial activities. In fact, e-commerce was actually illegal at the time. Most importantly, the Internet should be a platform for the free exchange of information between science and government. All HTTP communications are transmitted unambiguously and can be intercepted, tampered with or stolen. To solve this problem, SSL or Secure Sockets Layer was developed. SSL then inherits from TLS or transport layer security. Today we colloquially refer to both protocols as SSL. Anyway, HTTP TLS = HTTPS, a secure version of HTTP that prevents anyone other than you and the website you are connecting from intercepting and reading messages.
This is a lot of information, but what you really need to know is this: HTTP = Bad while HTTPS = Good.
Don't trust HTTP sites with your personal information. Now let's look at the security metrics of the connection. I would like to find one of the two lock icon (or EV / green address bar icon) indicators. Two icons indicate that the website is using HTTPS and a secure connection has been established. If you see one of them, your connection is secure and you are communicating privately with the website specified in the URL. Most secure connections have a padlock icon, but some may have a green address bar. Or it was uniformly green. The green address bar / EV name icon only appears when your website uses a specific type of SSL certificate called an Extended Validation Certificate (EVL). This certificate allows websites to prove their identity and prove that they are operated by a real legally incorporated company.
One more thing: a secure connection is not necessarily the same as a secure website. Many fake websites use free SSL certificates. Think of it this way: You should only visit sites that use HTTPS. Just because a website has HTTPS does not mean it is automatically trusted. Just because your connection is secure (it should be required) doesn't mean you know who is on the other side of the relationship. In addition to advanced SSL verification and a secure EV plaque on the site, some additional tweaks are required to make sure the site is legitimate. You can also try this SSL inspection tool to test your site's HTTPS connection. Check below
2. Find the seal of trust.
When a company or organization invests heavily in the safety of their customers, they usually want to get a loan. This is one of several reasons the seal of faith exists. You may have seen more than a few reliable seals on the Internet. Trust marks are commonly found on websites, login pages, and payments. They are instantly recognizable and remind visitors that they are safe on this page. This is not the same as putting a sign on a page or a sticker on a window to promote your security. People understand what this means the moment they see it. But did you know you can click on it too? Yes. Most SSL certificates come with a trust mark that displays verified information when clicked. This is important because it can inform you that your SSL certificate is in good condition, and it can also inform you about additional security mechanisms such as checking for malware Scanning or assessing vulnerabilities. SSL / TLS certificates aren't the only products that can be used with website printing. However, it is not enough just to look at the printouts on the website. Click to check if it is valid. Check out Google's Safe Browsing Report. This is the last resort, but the last resort, by Google. Literally. Google's Safe Browsing Transparency Report lets you copy and paste the URL into the box. You will also receive a report on whether you can trust this site or not. It's not terribly difficult or impressive in aesthetics, but it is an effective way to determine if your site is at risk. Of course, that's not all. Google sometimes misses a lot. But this did not last long. If you go somewhere, such as Google, you won't see anything for a long time. Google's Safe Browsing service is one of the best on the Internet when it comes to consumer protection. If you are unsure, check with Google.
3. Find a Bad English
A good website will never have a grammatical error on a page, this means the graphics will be crisp, the spelling and grammar will be correct, and everything feels smooth and fluid. If you think the website was poorly written. you need to be careful. Especially if the error occurs on an important page. Everyone, including large corporations makes little mistakes. But it shouldn't be too much. So if you notice the mistake is getting out normal, you need be careful.
Don't entre your password or Email on a website that is not secure(HTTP) as discussed above.
Don't purchase any item on a insecure website.
If it is a money making website, check if the offer is too good to be true.
If it is a store website, check if the website is displaying ads that is associated with other platforms. If so don't purchase from it.
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