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I am trying to find a way how to know if I can trust an internet site.

Example 1:

  • http://www.booksgreatchoice.com/
  • payment redirects to digitalbooksplace.com - bad thing
  • only card in payment - bad thing
  • one day membership "temporarily" unavailable - bad thing
  • RapidSSL certificate - I do not know how much trust this gives - probably nothing
  • Server locates in Riga, Latvia - Ok
  • Registrant bizcn.com, Chinese company - many sites give low rank and low trustworthiness

So in short, can you trust such a website? Is there any simple tool which says if the site is a scam for Chinese and Russian internet pages? There seems to be some many of them at the moment so I do not know which to trust.

My intuition says no, for instance, that I cannot trust the internet site above. I know there are many ambitious companies and startups coming to the market, but how still how you can trust them.

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If the prices are lower then any other where the treat it as a scam –  Ramhound Sep 4 '13 at 19:52
    
AVG had a active link scan... Web Page Scanner and Secure Search. Don't know if they are reliable, but it's a way to check if the sites don't harbor anything malicious. –  Doktoro Reichard Sep 4 '13 at 19:52
    
This site isn't very legit based in the prices. A membership website that gives $20+ nooks away for free give me a break. Free sal certs are even a bigger joke –  Ramhound Sep 4 '13 at 19:54
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use common sense! –  Ramhound Sep 4 '13 at 19:56
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Rule #2 -- If there is no "contact us" link or the link does not give an actual physical address and phone numbers, don't trust it. –  Daniel R Hicks Sep 5 '13 at 12:14

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There are tons of rating sites that verify based on the presence of malware, and on phishing sites:

Norton safeweb
AVG threat labs
McAfee site advisor
Trend Micro safety center
Unmask parasites
PhishTank
Web Security Guard
Comodo web inspector (may take a long time)
Virustotal does not just test uploaded files, but also URLs
ScamAdviser

Google safe browsing can only be accessed through an API, some lookup sites like Online link scan or SeoSerp safe site checker use that API.

Some of these are from people providing hosts files and URL blacklists:

hosts-file.net
URLVoid

Some do their best to analyze page contents and give generic risk factors, like Zulu URL Risk Analyzer, but these still require your own judgement.
Anyway, when using all these sites you should read the results carefully. For instance when the results state "No active malware was reported recently by users anywhere on this website" that does not necessarily mean the site is safe, just that it is not reported (yet).

(Note: There are even sites that track one specific type of malware, like SpyEyeTracker)

When you are dealing with shortened URLs you should first expand these into their original form because the expanded URL may already tell you something (bankofscottland.cn?).
Use e.g. one of these expanders:

LongURL
URL Expander
CheckShortURL
Where does this link go

There are plugins available if you want continuous checks, e.g. the ones from WOT - Web of Trust (Wikipedia description here).

Want more? Google Is this website safe or URL blacklist

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As a general question of how to trust a given web site, you should look at WOT "Web of Trust" and the available extensions for the major browsers:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOT:_Web_of_Trust

This gives you a crowd-sourced colour-coded at-a-glance view of a site's trustworthiness. It's not perfect, but it's a good start.

As for the specific site above, you're getting lots of feedback in the comments under your question.

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This website is useful to know whether a website can really be trusted or not.

Please have a look : http://www.scamadvisor.com/

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Like the guy above me has said, there are tons of sites that provide a service like this.

I personally use VirusTotal on a regular basis.

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