A new online service has been launched to help Irish shoppers avoid scams. The service, called CheckMyLink, is a free tool that allows users to check whether a website is safe to shop on before they make a purchase.
CheckMyLink was developed by Munster Technological University Cyber Skills in collaboration with Scam Adviser and An Garda Síochána. The tool works by checking a website’s URL against a database of known scam websites. If the website is found to be safe, CheckMyLink will give the user a green light. If the website is found to be a scam, CheckMyLink will give the user a red light and warn them to avoid the site.
“Scams can be very convincing, and it can be difficult to tell the difference between a legitimate website and a scam site,” said Donna O’Shea, Chair of Cybersecurity at Munster Technological University. “CheckMyLink is a simple and easy-to-use tool that can help shoppers protect themselves from scams.”
In addition to checking URLs, CheckMyLink also provides a number of other resources to help shoppers avoid scams. These resources include:
- A list of common scam red flags.
- Tips on how to protect your personal information online.
- A link to the Scam Adviser website, which provides information about a variety of scams.
Stay Safe Online
CheckMyLink is a valuable tool that can help Irish shoppers stay safe online. However, it is important to remember that no online security tool is foolproof. It is always a good idea to be aware of the risks of online shopping and to take precautions to protect yourself from scams.
Here are some additional tips for staying safe online:
- Only shop on websites that you trust.
- Be wary of websites that offer too-good-to-be-true deals.
- Use a strong password for your online accounts and never share it with anyone.
- Keep your software up to date.
- Be careful about what information you share online.
- If you think you have been scammed, report it to the authorities.
By following these tips, you can help to reduce your risk of being scammed online.