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how can i chek the reliability of a website?
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You sould "sandbox" it. Other things you can do include using tools such as Alexa.com and Compete.com -- popular websites are generally safe and this will help you determine if this is a popular website or not.

Try search the domain on Yahoo -- there will likely be warnings from people saying "don't go to domain.com" if it has malware on it.

Get a real time malware detection program. I don't want to pick favorites but will say that a few good free choices include AVG, AdAware, and Spybot Search and Destroy.

Visit http://www.trustgauge.com/ for a "trust guage" which will help you determine the good sites (like Yahoo) from the ones you'll want to avoid.
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Site Advisor or WOT
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First and foremost check whether they have given a proper contact address and phone number on their website - not a postbox number. Second: go to http://registrar.godaddy.com and find out more details under 'domain'. This should take about 10-15 minutes. But remember a proper address and name of the domain registrant is important.
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You can download Mozilla Firefox (its a safer browser then IE)
Web of Trust Add-on is great for detecting bad sites and it will block them for you
OR McAfee Siteadvisor(Dont Recommend) its okay but WOT is better
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"CallingID Toolbar" is a toolbar for Internet Explorer and Firefox, that automatically displays owner information of the website you are currently visiting. It includes the physical address, company name and a risk assessment, based on a variety of verification tests.
Unlike regular "Whois" tools, that simply use the owner information provided by the registrar, "CallingID" verifies that the organization actually exists at the address it claims to, using external sources, like yellow pages, Dun and Bradstreet and several other databases. The program can protect you from phishing scams, and other online dangers.

http://www.snapfiles.com/Freeware/misctools/fwbrowson.html

Another security measure is to 'preview' the destination URL without actually clicking the link.
Firefox does this for you; when your cursor is over the link, @ the bottom of the FF window is the URL. By looking at this you can get an idea of it's domain, if it's a secure server, and possibly the filepath. No guarantee about it's security can be made however.
In IE, you'll need to enable the 'Status Bar' (Right click the top browser area, and tick 'Status Bar'). IE will now do the above 'preview' as described.

Secure servers (the 'https://....') are a good hedge on reliability, but it only means the connection goes to who they say they are & not related to how reliable, or secure the company itself is internally.
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#7
You can use these sites to check the reliability...
websecurityguard.com
siteadvisor.com
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#8
http://www.speedtest.net/ easy way to tell you your broadband speeds
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