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The phishing scam is a favorite of many hackers.

They carry such scams using phony and malicious websites. Hackers also carry such scams through texts, emails and on social media platforms.

If you have never received messages that want to trick you to click links that only lead to malicious websites, expect to receive them soon. Your task is to avoid clicking on such links thus staying away from malicious websites.

Identifying a malicious website is not easy. This is because of the strategies that hackers and all cybercriminals put up to make the website appear as real and genuine as possible. Often, an experienced information security expert is the only one able of identifying malicious websites.

Nonetheless, this does not mean that you should give up. You can learn the signs to look for in determining the authenticity or maliciousness of a website. To this end, check for the following when testing whether a website is malicious or not:

  1. Encryption

Fake banking sites are among the most malicious that you can find on the Internet. Hackers have a knack for stealing the codes for the home pages of different banks. They make the stolen codes as close to the real home pages as possible.

Any attempt you make to log in through these fake sites will only make your login information available to hackers to steal. Hackers would then be able to record the information and use it to drain all the money out of your real bank account.

Avoid clicking any attachment or link that requires you to enter your banking information. All banking sites should have secure connections where the address starts with https://. If the site has no encryption or secure connection, avoid it.

  1. Presentation

Some malicious websites are high-quality replicas of the real thing. Therefore, always focus on the little details such as misspellings and grammatical errors. If the presentation seems a bit off, the site is probably only useful for malicious purposes, thus not worth your time.

It is possible for the small software developers to lack the financial resources required to put up an excellent website. However, never ignore poor presentation. Always pause and find ways of testing the website for authenticity.

  1. Content

Find out what the website wants you to do. Most malicious websites ask you to take a survey, download a program, watch videos or provide it with information that enables it to send you some free money. All these are signs of an impending attack. Avoid such websites.

Check the content on each website that you suspect for maliciousness. Before downloading any software, run it through Google. Check the reputation of the developer. Download programs directly from the manufacturer’s website than through proxies.