The number of people shopping online and downloading software has been going up over the years. With this, there are many websites and companies with malicious intent or insecure data so it is very important to make sure you are dealing with an organization you can trust. There are always quick easy red flags that can help you know if you are working with an untrustworthy organization. Such as malware pop-up ads, a non-secure transfer protocol (HTTP), or any other obvious signs. However, some of these websites will still look legit and these are the ones that affect the most people. While looking through different techniques to ensure I was dealing with a trustworthy company I decided to create two easy acronyms that anyone can use.
Does the company WOW you?
- Web Search – What do you first see when you search for this company?
- Word of Mouth – What do others say? Ask friends for their recommendations.
Do you trust your GUT?
- Google Search – What do you first see when you search for this company?
- Talk with friends – What do others say? Ask friends for their recommendations.
Making sure the company WOWs you and trusting your GUT will help you avoid accidentally falling for malware or scams. Additionally, it is very important to check the URL of a website before giving any information away or downloading anything. This is because some websites will try to copy the website of a popular organization to trick people into giving their data or installing a virus. By checking URLs and using my acronyms, I feel confident I am always working with an organization I trust.