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#1 cnm

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 09:56 AM

A good simple explanation of how you may be at a different site than you think. It's worthwhile to read the whole article.

http://ask-leo.com/h...=1g29zHcif3dfbL

URL Safety Rule #1: The Server specification ends at the first "/" that occurs after the "http://" start of the URL, and the Page specification ends at the first question mark after that. This rule is important to understanding whether a URL is valid, bogus or misleading.


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Posted 17 September 2010 - 10:44 AM

the best way to know that a website is secured, look at the url address if it stats with https:// then is secured, but if it starts with http:// is unsecured

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 10:50 AM

Nothing to prevent malware from having a secure site, as far as I know. Secure just means that data sent between you and it is encrypted. That doesn't guarantee that it is the site you think it is.
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 03:13 PM

That's an excellent article! You can also use URLVoid to quickly find out if a website is safe to browse or not. :thumbup:

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Posted 29 September 2010 - 06:26 PM

Once again, you appear to be SPAMming your own site... Given the number of well known sites to look up IP addresses, the "Beta" site you posted is likely to be another effort on your part to promote your site... This is the last time if you wish to remain on this site...
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Posted 29 September 2010 - 06:39 PM

I thought the site was very good. It looks the site up in a number of places to see if it is listed.
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 03:20 PM

[Insulting language removed.]

CNM, I am going to reactivate the link. Is that okay with you?

Edited by cnm, 30 September 2010 - 09:17 PM.
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 03:38 PM

CNM, I am going to reactivate the link. Is that okay with you?

No. If you wish to have people check out your site, you may post a topic in 'On the Web' forum describing your site and what it has to offer. Do not put the link in your signature. Post just that one topic and do not add replies to other threads.

We will be adding a reply to your thread, saying that SWI does not endorse the site but that we believe it is safe to visit.
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Posted 30 September 2010 - 04:08 PM

Thank you.
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Posted 09 January 2011 - 07:14 PM

Sites like Web of Trust can also be consulted, although the results are not always accurate. It's also possible for a legitimate site to be cracked and edited or added to. If this was done recently, reviews of the website may not reflect the newly-compromised status of the site.

Although any website that relies upon user ratings cannot be completely relied upon, from experience I consider Web of Trust to be a useful tool if used in conjunction with other resources. Leo's article is definitely worth reading. If only more people were aware of what he wrote, the effectiveness of spam and phishing emails could be hindered.

Edited by Kefes, 09 January 2011 - 07:14 PM.

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Posted 09 January 2011 - 07:42 PM

Programs like Avast, or MBAM (paid version), will block known malevolent sites and prevent you from browsing them.

This is sometimes a nuisance but you can temporarily turn the website blocking off.
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 04:48 AM

Two great little features are:

Dr.Web anti-virus link checker 1.0.23

and

Linkscanner

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