You’re much safer online if you go to only those sites with good reputations. These may be sites of companies you already know and trust, or sites that your browser or a third-party program indicates is trustworthy.
There are several tools to help you identify trusted websites:
- Check before you click. All the major browsers we mention in the preceding section provide a feature that advises you on the trustworthiness of websites. Products such as McAfee SiteAdvisor do this as well. These are fabulous tools that let you know, before you click a search result, if the website is likely to be dangerous and might download malware or spam. Such tools place a rating next to sites returned in a search to indicate how safe they are to visit. We strongly urge you to use this functionality: It will save you a great deal of grief.