How to stay safe online – DCI

How to stay safe online - DCI

The Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has given Kenyans pointers on how to stay safe online; in an environment riddled with scams and frauds.

The DCI reiterated that carelessness online would likely lead to loss of finances and in the extreme circumstances, loss of identity.

How to spot a fake website 

Browse the website: take a couple of minutes to double-check the site. Check that the website lists any contact information. Reputable and legitimate companies will always list ways to get in touch with them.

Double-check the domain name: a lot of fraudulent websites will use a domain name that references a well-known brand or product name. But won’t be the official website.

You should also be cautious of domains that end in .net or .org, as they are rarely used for online shopping so it may have been acquired by questionable organizations.

Look for the HTTPS: Legitimate websites have to have the HTTPS protocol, which is reflected in their web address, as opposed to just http://, where the ‘s’ stands for secure.

Trust marks: just because a website appears to carry the logo of a reputable trade organization, it still doesn’t necessarily mean the website is genuine. If you’re in doubt, you could always contact the trust-mark company to check.

Check for Ads: If a company has too many ads and popups, it’s likely a scam.

Check return policy: If the company is selling a product online, it should have a shipping and returns policy listed on its website. If it’s a real company, it should tell you how and where to return a faulty item.

Have the above security tips in mind as you interact with the Internet.

Report any cybercrime incident / activity to and also at the nearest Police station.

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