How to check if a web business is safe

Written by tyson simmons
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How to check if a web business is safe
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These days, identity theft and web theft runs rampant. So, it is important to be sure of the security of a web business before purchasing from them or providing them with any kind of personal information. The process of checking if a web business is quite safe, and mainly requires some simple common sense.

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Things you need

  • Web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera)

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  1. 1

    Open your web browser and navigate to the business site by typing its URL in the address bar at the top of the screen.

  2. 2

    Locate the business' shopping cart or check-out center. Look for any security or lock icons. If any are visible, click on them and look at their parameters. By simply looking at these icons, you can tell whether the site has applied any kind of security and encryption protection systems to their site.

  3. 3

    Navigate to the Google website (or another search engine) and perform a web search for the business; you can find reviews about certain businesses this way. Most of the time, these searches will make you aware as to whether the business is secure or if it is a scam.

  4. 4

    Find out if the business uses PayPal. If it does, browse through their offerings and make sure PayPal is part of the process. PayPal is secure, and to purchase with it, you must be transferred to the PayPal website--one of the most securely encrypted financial websites in the world.

Tips and warnings

  • Being wary is the key to protecting your assets and your identity. You can never be too careful.
  • Always use caution when purchasing online. Never post personal information on a website that does not appear to be secure.

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