Trust Seals on Websites do not always mean Safe and Secure


Website Security Seals

Norton Secured.. Microsoft Gold Partner.. BBB Accredited.. Yes, you see them everywhere.

Does all of those websites guarantee security and safety? Probably no.

Here’s why..

These seals are after all just images which can be easily copied and displayed on website. Fraud websites take advantage of this and display a fake image in form of seal on their site. So, you shouldn’t blindly trust each website with an image saying “secured” or any similar term.

For example: This website claims to be BBB accredited but when I try to click on the seal, it is nothing. It is just an image pasted on webpage.

Website Trust Seals

Another instance is of a SEO service company which says it was featured big brands namely Daily Telegraph  and others but there is no proof whether it really did.

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How do I Verify?

#1 Seal should be Clickable

First check should be that all the seals on website should be clickable. On click, they should take you to the original certificate or the issuing company or original page where the website in question is mentioned.

For example: When you click on the “Norton Secured” seal on our website (Dealarious.com), it opens a popup window with complete details of our registration with the company along with validity.

Norton Seured Certificate

That means the company is verified and real unlike other fly-by-night websites which are made with the intention to steal your details.

#2 Check Browser Lock

Your Browser won’t lie to you. It is installed on your system and website cannot paste an image on browser.

While making any financial transaction, look above the address bar of browser, it should read “HTTPS” instead of regular “HTTP”. Additional “S” represents “Secured” protocol. Whatever information processed through that webpage is sent to servers in encrypted form which is unreadable.

Along with that, you might also notice a “Lock” besides website URL. You can click on it to verify if it’s for real.

Address Bar HTTPS

#3 Use Common Sense

While moving around the website, if you get a feeling that it is too good to believe, better leave instead of carrying out a purchase. Remember, whatever posted on website should have a proof hyperlinked to it.

Such websites displaying fake seal of trust are made with the intention of stealing financial details. They’re already breaking the law, so violating the seal-provider’s copyright isn’t a problem for them. But, you should take care of your future purchases and be a wise customer.

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    Rohit Langde

    Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Dealarious. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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