Being a newbie in Italy can be frustrating as you don’t know the businesses to patronize and the ones you should run from. You are scared to get your groceries online because the reviews you are seeing might be unreal.
Since you are still getting to know how things work, you could be in contact with a cybercriminal or fall victim to a phishing attack at any time and be completely unaware of it. It’s understandable if you experience paranoia just before visiting an Italy-based business website recommended or clicking on an advertisement blinking in the corner of your computer.
A good rule of thumb is to pay attention, use good judgment while searching, and search for indicators that can help you determine the website’s legitimacy. This article will teach you to know how to say whether a website has trusted reviews or not.
Here are some helpful tips to guide you in your new country, Italy.
1.Check the Trust Seal on the Website.
A trust seal tries to convey to you, the end-user, that the website you’re on is secure and that the company is concerned about security. It’s a seal of approval provided by a security partner (such as a certificate authority or CA) that verifies the website’s legitimacy. If a trust seal is genuine, clicking on it will take you to a page where you can verify the seal’s authenticity.
2.Is the padlock with HTTPS present?
HTTPS ensures that the communication channel between you and the server is encrypted and protected (i.e., an intruder listening in on the network would receive garbled encrypted data that would be unintelligible). HTTPS does not guarantee that the server with which you are interacting will not steal your information. The S in “HTTPS” can do very little to ensure protection if the server is malicious.
Consider the following scenario: While it should go without saying that your browser flags a website as “not safe,” you should not enter any sensitive information on the page. However, just because a website uses HTTPS doesn’t mean it’s secure.
3.Visit the Contact Page for more details.
Our third piece of advice for determining whether an Italy-based website is legitimate is to look for a physical address. Is there a phone number and an email address for the company? Ask an Italian citizen for confirmation too. Send an email to the address mentioned on the contact page and see if it is received. Check that the email address is not generic (e.g., email@example.com) but rather one that includes the company’s brand (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org).
4.Look for grammatical or spelling errors.
Both of these are telltale signs of a phishing scam. Most legal businesses make an effort to ensure that any correspondence that leaves their offices meets minimum quality requirements.
Aside from the occasional genuine mistake, it’s implausible that you’ll ever receive a poorly worded email from Apple or Microsoft. Even if you don’t follow through with a legitimate company’s call to action, all messages will have a friendly tone and never sound menacing or threatening.
If the website appears to have been created by seven-year-old learning to draw or has obvious grammar errors, it is most likely malicious and should be avoided at all costs.
5.Use Google’s Transparency Report on Safe Browsing.
If you’re unsure if a website is secure, check out the Google Safe Browsing Transparency Report. This tool helps you type in a URL to see whether it contains malware or is safe to visit.
6.Keep a close eye on the URL.
Make sure the website isn’t trying to trick you with a homograph phishing attack. Scammers can fool browsers into viewing fake domain names as trusted, legitimate domains, such as apple.com for a domain registered as xn—pple-43d.com.