How to see if website lies

You can’t trust everything you see on the web, but how do you know when you’re being deceived? Lets reveal seven sneaky tricks to watch out for…Free stuff that costs you
Although there are plenty of genuine freebies online, there are many more that aren’t as free as they first appear. For example, vistaprint ( ) has a whole section of free products, including business cards, pens and bumper stickers. But you’ll need to pay to remove the website adver from your order and for delivery, which costs from 3.56 pounds for a 14-days waiting.

Another trick used by companies is to ask for your payment details when you sign up for a free trail, then make it difficult for you to leave when they can start charging. Often, you’ll need to ring them to unsubscribe, so they can persuade you to stay and pay.
Similarly, some “free” software, such as system-optimising tools, will scan your PC and report back problems, but charge you to remove them.

How to spot the fib:
Obviously, businesses wouldn’t make any money if they gave everything away for free with no provisos, so always check the small print before you sign up. On supposedly free software sites, look for a Purchase or Buy Now link as a clue that you’ll eventually need to pay.

Another trick they use is the so called “Adverts disguised as download buttons”
On some free software sites, it’s easy to miss the real download link and click an advert disguised as one instead. Some fake Download buttons are very convicing and stand out as the most ovious thing on the page to click. When you do you end up downloading a program you don’t want, which you’re often prompted to pay for. you also miss out on the free software that you wanted to download in the first place.

How to spot the fib:
Hover your mouse over a download link to see its full web address in your status bar. If it begins with something like:  “http://googleads” or “http://meadiapull” etc , then it’s clearly and advert. To block fake Download buttons install Adblock Plus ( ) for Chrome, Firefox and Opera.

Another fake apps spoted around that may be also dangerous for your Facebook profile is the so called “Check who viewed your Facebook profile”

There are numerous Facebook apps and browser add-ons that claim to reveal everyone that’s looked at your profile on the social network. To make the apps look authentic, some use photos of your friends, tell you the total number of views and post fake comments and reviews such as: “I can’t believe it worked!”. In truth, these scams are actually used to gain access to your account so they can spread spam and malware. See the excellent Facebook-security site Facecrooks, (  for more information.

How to spot the fib:
Whatever anyone tells you, there is no way to see who has been looking at your Facebook profile or how many times it’s been viewed. Although LinkedIn offers this feature, Facebook says it “doesn’t let you track who views your timeline or your posts (excluding your photos). Third-party apps also can’t provide this functionality” (
You can protect your account from dodgy apps and links by installing Bitdefender Safego ( or Norton safeWeb (

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