How You Can Tell Whether a Website is Safe

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Free online website checking services

Some antivirus provides network protection that will check the website or file is safe or not. Browser add-ons become popular too that will alert users if the page is bad or not. Most browsers will block any bad sites or unsafe downloads but you might want to see below online Services to check if a website is safe or serving malware. Add them in your bookmark or favorites so the next time you want to visit a site, you’ll get to see first if it’s not going to harm your system:

Before you download a file, you might want to add the following as add-on to your browser:

  • Dr.Web Link checker – it is available for free. Required browser is Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera. Just right-click a download link and let Dr.Web check if the file that you want to download is safe or not.
  • Google Safe Browsing - extension for Firefox browser
  • Microsoft’s Windows Internet Explorer 8 has SmartScreen Filter that will check if the site is phishing site or if the file you are downloading is malicious.

Check also my previous article “Extending your browser security: Avoid internet-based threats”

By using the above services or feature and add-ons while you browse, you are protecting not only your computer but your private information because some websites will ask for your login credentials. Better be safe than sorry!

More Web Security Tips!

For more web security tips, see our articles How to Secure Internet Explorer, How To Secure Firefox, ShuURL: Safe URL Redirection, Top Two Free Hosts File Managers, How to Control Cookies in Internet Explorer, How to Block Third Party Cookies in Internet Explorer 7, Using ZonedOut to Manage Internet Explorer Security Zones and Securing Your Web Browser’s Homepage.