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What Can You Really Trust Online?

By Rizwan Ahmad - 12 November 2012 No Comments
The internet is great for wasting time and talking crap about people, but when it comes to trustworthiness, the web is a little lacking. It's hard to determine who and what you can trust online, especially if you're not on very often. Before you get suckered into a scam or threatened by a stalker, you need to use precaution. Here are some ways to know what to avoid.

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Reputable Sites
If you met someone on, chances are you're going to lose money or put yourself in danger. It is important to know how reputable a site is before you trust anything on it. Craigslist, for instance, is a great place to go for local deals and hookups, but it is also the hub of internet fraud nowadays. If you get on a site you can count on, you will be able to feel more secure about the information on it.

Believable Information
You need to think about whether or not information that you are reading is believable or not. Of course, a scam is designed to seem as realistic as possible, but that doesn't mean you can't be a skeptic. If a product review does nothing but talk about the generic description online, chances are it's a fake. If a person talks about being a millionaire and his picture is in a trailer park, chances are he's a liar. Assess every situation this way, and you'll be able to avoid the obvious issues.

Multiple Sources
By reading multiple sources online for whatever you need, you'll have an easier time finding potential problems. If you want to know if a person is telling the truth, Google him or her and see if the info matches up. If you want to know if a product is legitimately worth buying, read multiple opinions about it. In most cases, three verifying resources should be enough to call information legit, unless they all come from the same original post. You'll have to look over the pages to figure that out.

Gut Instincts
At the end of the day, you're just going to have to trust your gut. If you feel that something doesn't seem right, avoid it. If you can't find a single reason to question a person, article or site, use it. You are going to be a better judge of character than you think. You just have to look at everything with a skeptical eye.

About This Article
Gerald is a tech head who works for the Geek Squad, and he has seen countless problems as a result of trust issues online. That's why he writes product reviews on Ukritic, to help people get the right information when they go to look for it.

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About the Author:
This article is contributed by Gerald and posted by Rizwan Ahmad Author and founder of, He is a tech blogger from India and he loves to share his thoughts by writing articles on this site to the different topics related to technology world,

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