What are Malicious Websites?

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What are malign websites?

Malicious websites have become a major problem on the internet. Modern internet users are becoming more aware of this. They may not be aware of how to identify malicious websites. They are now focusing on websites that can be trusted to earn their business. You have to live up to their expectations and show that you are a legitimate website. This is a guide that will help you.

Malicious websites may also implement HTTPS

SSL/TLS has been promoted as a key component in solving internet security problems for years. This approach has a problem: implementing HTTPS only requires minimal security checks and is almost free. Hosting providers are increasingly using HTTPS as a standard feature even for the most basic and affordable hosting plans. This allowed malicious actors to implement HTTPS on their sites and use the secure designation to convince site visitors that it was safe.

Internet authorities have begun to address this issue by telling internet users to “lookout for the padlock” rather than just HTTPS. This is a smart move, as the padlock symbol is generated by the browser and not by the site. The browsers can identify the type of HTTPS that has been installed on a site. They will show a padlock only if the most secure implementation has been used.

Simply put, customers could assume that you are operating a malicious website if you only have basic HTTPS. If you can, upgrade your HTTPS implementation.

Trusted websites provide real-world contact information

Customers can feel reassured by having verified contact information from the real world. This creates a high level of trust and provides a lot of confidence. However, you must balance this with the privacy and safety of your employees.

It’s safe to publish your full business address if you have visitors. You might consider advertising in a PO Box if you are not set up to receive visitors.

A landline phone number is better than the mobile one. Although this may seem strange in an age where mobile phones are disappearing rapidly, the truth is that landlines still have a strong association with established and reputable businesses.

Ironically, a large percentage of businesses, even long-established ones have given up traditional landlines to use VoIP services. They have numbers that look just like regular landlines, but in many cases, these numbers will be old numbers they’ve ported. This is also possible for SMBs, and can often be very beneficial.

Last, but not least: You need a way for customers to write you a message. Contact Us forms have grown in popularity over the years. They can be used to make customers more precise and concise in their correspondence to you. These are useful in reducing spam on your mail server. They can be used to facilitate SQL injection attacks.

An old-fashioned email might be a better option. It is possible to reduce spam by using the address in plain text rather than a link. If you want your website trusted and taken seriously, the address must be associated with your domain.

Trusted websites have a clear privacy policy

Customers today are more likely to ask you what your plans are for any information they provide to you. You need a privacy statement. You need to create a privacy policy that is tailored for your company and your customers. It should not be copied from the internet.

A privacy policy should be written by someone familiar with the law and its implications for your company. It is a good idea to get help from a third-party vendor, such as a lawyer if you don’t have the resources to do it internally. Although this may seem expensive, especially for a small business, you must understand the legal requirements to ensure your customers are protected.