How to check website security?

May 9, 2019

“How can I be sure that this website has security?” The dating of this question is as great as the history of the Web, which is nowadays much more important with the advent of the web.

Here’s how to check the security of a website. If you are the owner of the website, you can use this guide for its security.

 Avoid red flags

Google is helping to make the web more secure as much as it can. If Google detects that a site has been hacked, it will alert you in your search results. So, if you see the message “This site may harm your computer” on the Google results page, do not click on that link.

If you want to visit a hacked site, most browsers will alert you.

It’s important that these alerts do not mean that people behind these websites are unreliable, but their site has been hacked or changed.

Check insecure alert

An insecure warning from other Google innovations is making the web more secure. If you visit a site that does not have an SSL certificate and you use a Chrome browser, you will receive an alert of the website’s insecurity.

Note that these alerts do not mean that the website is not trusted, but that any information you enter on this website, such as your credit card information or your home address, is not encrypted and hackers can track your information.

Therefore, “insecurity” is acceptable for a simple blog (try to leave comments and enter your email only on websites that have security). However, if a website requests personal information or other sensitive information, you should not be sure.

If you do not use the Chrome browser, you can check the site’s SSL certificate through its address. If the address starts with “https” (vs. http), the website has this certificate.

Does the website have a physical address?

The physical address of a business is one of the first sections through which one can check the security of a website. Undoubtedly, every business does not have a store to display its products, but it is somewhere deployed and operating.

If the website has an address, you are sure that you can visit and track that location if you have a problem. But if the address is not registered, the business may not exist.

So if you own the website, be sure to have your accurate information recorded.

Is there a company registration number or similar information on the website?

If the website you are looking for works on UK businesses, you can easily find their registration number. Also, there may be other information like VAT number for larger UK businesses. If you work with foreign companies, you may see similar numbers.

Note that all businesses, even if they work in the UK, do not have a registration number or VAT. For example, a businessman does not have a corporate registration number.

Therefore, the lack of this information is not indicative of the site’s uncertainty, but the existence of this information is a positive point. In Iran, there is also an e-trust or e-trust symbol for websites that offer bank payment.

Check out customer comments

What are other people’s comments about the website you want to buy from?

Trusted websites are keen to showcase their customers’ opinions. Conversely, unreliable sites may fake good comments and recommendations, so be careful.

Always check the opinions of people about a site by checking sites like Trustpilot. It’s natural that you are always faced with a small number of bad ideas, because no company can provide the full service to everyone, so be careful not to mislead some of your comments.

If you have a business, you need to make sure you collect and use the point of view.

 What payment methods are available?

When looking for a product or service, be sure to check out payment methods before you make a payment.

Famous sites should offer a variety of ways (such as PayPal and payment with credit cards, etc.). If a website transfers you to a bank page, be careful. It is very difficult if it happens and you intend to return your money.

Do you speak with a real person?

All legal businesses are interested in attracting new customers. So if you have questions or concerns, these businesses have people who can talk directly to you. This way of communication may be the customer’s telephone number or advice via Skype.

Although all of the above methods help you avoid hacked sites or obvious scams, but all scams are unclear. So do not waste your money if you do not have 100% confidence in a website.