How To Spot A Safe Site in Lifestyle

How can you tell the real from the fakes when browsing the internet? It can be really hard! But we’ve got some tips on how to suss it out.

Look for the padlock

Secure website will have a padlock on the url bar. This means that information between the browser you are using to visit the website (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari) and the website receiving the information, is encrypted. That means people can’t see the information you are putting it – for example, your card details. It’s really important that if you are buying something online, that it has the padlock.

Trust is important

Can you trust the website you are visiting? Does it seem legitimate? If you’ve never used it before, it’s a good idea to talk to friends or family and see if they have any opinions or experience. If they haven’t, you could also search for the website on the internet and check reviews –  look to see if other people are sharing their stories of being scammed or having a bad experience with them.

If it seems too good to be true…

…it probably is. The website might be selling dodgy goods. This can happen with any kind of product, but cheap fashion advertised on Facebook has been a recent problem, with clothes looking nothing like it does on the site, or made out of poor quality materials! You can report these on Facebook.

Be cautious

If you’re paying for something online, you shouldn’t be asked for your PIN number or your online banking password. You should only put your PIN in when using cash machines or terminals you get in physical stores such as supermarkets.

Check for clues

If the website has a lot of spelling mistakes, or doesn’t have any contact details (like an address) then it probably isn’t legitimate or safe to be using.


Be careful when clicking adverts, as some sneaky hackers have been adding malware onto them. Malware is something that is downloaded onto your computer, sometimes without you knowing, that will cause damage to your computer or give hackers access to it. If adverts appearing on a website don’t seem legitimate or the claims/offers they are advertising seem too good to be true, then it’s best to avoid clicking them.