There is a lot of mistrust in the online business these days, and rightly so. However, saying this does not imply that there are no legitimate businesses online. Most businesses online are legitimate. There are however, those that are not. So how do you tell the difference? In this article I will endeavor to show you:

  • what is a secure site
  • how to identify websites as safe sites,
  • phishing sites and
  • plain bogus sites.

I will even list a few questionable business practices and scams.

Safe Sites – How Do You Tell If The Site Is Safe?

To answer this question I have a very short video to explain it effectively. Please note, you do not need to go to a SSL Certificate provider to buy a Certificate.

Reputable Service Providers will provide SSL Certificates to Registered Domains for free. If you feel you need to buy SSL Certificates then I strongly suggest buying from Reputable SSL Certificate Providers.

The SSL Certificate Cost – Is It Worth It?

the SSL Certificate cost is of concern to a lot of people online. This has really become irrelevant as prices have droppedScammer dramatically. There is, therefore, no real excuse for not buying an SSL certificate to protect your customers online. I would even go as far as suggesting buy SSL Certificates if you don’t want to end up on an internet scams list in the future.

In fact, you don’t even have to pay for them these days as you can obtain them from Free SSL Certificate Providers. This site has an SSL Certificate that my service provider issued as a free service. In fact, it is one of the many free services that they provide.

You can check the list of services here.

Questionable Business Practices, Scams, And A Website Safety Check

The first thing that you could do Before you go to any site is a website safety check to avoid scams online. In fact, if you carry out a few basic checks before going to a site, you can avoid a lot of scams. So you are wondering what you can check before you go to the site right? I mean, you have not even seen it yet so how can you check anything?

Well, here are one or two things you can check and consider before you even go to the site:-

  • Where did you get the link or address to the site?
    • If the address was given to you by someone, do you know them? If not, it needs to be a pretty compelling reason to go to the site,Asking Questions
    • Don’t fall for the scam of legal issues, traffic offenses TV licenses etc. If you are contacted in any of the above types of situation, phone the institution that they claim to be representing and confirm details before visiting any site or paying over any money,
    • Do not phone the number given to you by the person claiming to represent the institution! Look up the number and phone the listed number. Any other number could be the number of an accomplice that will confirm everything you were told by the first person.
    • Does the address start with an https:// ? If not, be careful.
    • Another good place to start with a website safety check. This is as easy as checking for the green image of a lock in the address bar. The chances are that if it has an SSL certificate, it is safer than the rest.

A Few Questionable Sites and Practices

  • No-risk matched betting. Hands down the quickest way to make a lot of money (well, without breaking the law).
    • Betting is betting, no matter how you colour it. It is a gamble. Don’t fall for it
  • Online surveys.
    • These are time-consuming and most often do not pay in cash, but it credits or vouchers. It has been known to take up to 2 years to be paid out by some of these companies.
  • Paid for searching the web.
    • As expected, they mostly pay in vouchers but some claim you can request payment through PayPal. There is also the expected complaints of inconsistent work and payments.
  • Online market trading.
    • This is the same as No-risk matched betting. Binary options trading is even worse. It is definitely a scam. Beware of both. I am not saying that you cannot make money with Online market trading but you must know what you are doing and beware of the fraudsters out there.
  • Start your own website.
    • This is a tough one. There are some very good online businesses but so many chancers are now in the market, Building a websiteit is difficult to sift through them all to get to the real thing.
    • You often see adverts for Free Web pages or 30, 60 or 90-day trials. These are a means to trap you into paying for the service or additional services.
    • The free website often requires that, after you have signed up, chosen your site’s name and theme, you have to pay for hosting and the hosting costs are usually high.
    • The trial period lock you in by getting you to do a lot of work on your site and then, after a month or three you have to start paying for the site. It might not be much but then they make you pay the exorbitant hosting fee that was never advertised.
  • The ‘Disney Vault’.
    • Are you prepared to lay out cash on the chance (a fairly good chance) of making your money back two or three times over in three to seven years? If so, you can try this one out for size.
  • ‘Get Paid To’ sites.
    • These are usually Survey sites and the like and they suffer from the same lack of surveys and payment issues as other sites.

Protect Yourself – Nobody Else Will

I hope that this has given you some ideas on what a safe site is and how to protect yourself from Scams and phishing sites. It is by no means comprehensive but I wanted to start the awareness that there are some basics that you can do to protect yourself.

Who does not want to work from home and earn a decent living? Most of us do. It is possible but do your due diligence on the company. service provider you use. It took me years to find my service provider and now I can earn a living online, safely, without stressing.

If you have any questions, please ask them Here or leave your comments below. If this was helpful, please share.

Thank you for visiting my Secure site. It is a safe site!


  • Dave

    Hallo there,

    I have been having a few problems with the survey site I have been working on, and now it has stated coming across to me as a scam site.

    These guys have never paid me even after hitting the required threshold and going beyond it. I think I’m going to look into the site that you use and see how that goes for me.

    • Bryan Botha

      Hi Dave, Sorry to hear of your bad experience with Surveys. Although not all Paid Survey sites are scams, it is difficult to establish which are not sometimes. Even then, the income rates are frequently low.

      You are welcome to try Wealthy Affiliates. You can start with the Starter membership and it will not cost you a cent until you feel you need more sites, at which stage you can then then elect upgrade to premium membership. 

      Wishing all the best


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