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What is an Internet trust organization?

An Internet trust organization is a company that verifies that a website has met certain standards on privacy and other criteria. The Better Business Bureau’s website, BBB Online, for example, has a place for consumers to file complaints about sites, then tracks their responses and rates their efforts to respond to customer issues. Two other Internet trust organizations are TRUSTe and WebTrust. Websites approved by Internet trust organizations are able to display the privacy certification seals, although some unscrupulous websites might display the trust logos fraudulently.

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If I have a secure connection to a Web site, does that mean I can trust the Web site?

Not necessarily.  A secure connection only assures you of the identity of the Web site, based on the information provided by the certifying organization, and that you have a secure, encrypted link.  (See also, What is a certificate?)  You should only consider giving personal information, including credit cards, to a Web site from an organization that you know and trust.
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How do I know if I can trust a Web site?

Make sure you know with whom you are dealing.  Also consider what information they want, and if it is reasonable for what you want from the site.  If you're not sure, look to see if it is certified by an Internet Trust Organization.  (See also, what is an Internet Trust Organization?)  If it is a retailer you don’t know, you might want to use a free third party payment tool like PayPal, an eBay company.  PayPal protects you by allowing you to pay retailers through a PayPal accoun
International

What is an Internet trust organization?

An Internet trust organization is a company that verifies that a Web site has met certain standards on privacy and other criteria.  The Better Business Bureau’s Web site, BBB Online, for example, has a place for consumers to file complaints about sites, then tracks their responses and rates their efforts to respond to customer issues.  Web sites approved by Internet trust organizations are able to display the privacy certification seals, although some unscrupulous Web sites might display the trust logos fraudulently.  Two other Internet trust organizations are TRUSTe and WebTrust.
International

If I have a secure connection to a Web site, does that mean I can trust the Web site?

Not necessarily.  A secure connection only assures you of the identity of the Web site, based on the information provided by the certifying organization, and that you have a secure, encrypted link.  (See also, What is a certificate?)  You should only consider giving personal information, including credit cards, to a Web site from an organization that you know and trust.
U.S.

How do I know if I can trust a Web site?

Make sure you know with whom you are dealing.  Also consider what information they want, and if it is reasonable for what you want from the site.  If you're not sure, look to see if it is certified by an Internet Trust Organization.  (See also, what is an Internet Trust Organization?)  If it is a retailer you don’t know, you might want to use a free third party payment tool like PayPal, an eBay company.  PayPal protects you by allowing you to pay retailers through a PayPal accoun
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