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Internet safety and data privacy are some of the most important concerns in today’s world. With unlimited access to the world wide web, most of the activities and task now relies on online tools. In this scenario, have you ever thought about how safe is your data when you are using these online websites to process your files? Are you sure that your private files aren’t being stored on some snoopy cloud servers? You can never be sure of the fact that your data is safe and isn’t being exploited for selfish reasons especially when you are using online PDF converter tools where you have to upload or sync your files from your cloud storage to get it converted into your preferred format.
So, how safe is it to use PDF converting services online?
So, how to know that which online converter is safe to use?
While there is no guide to assess which websites are safe to use and which aren’t but there are few checks that you can keep handy for a secure PDF conversion.
- Check the website’s connection type: A website with ‘https’ is usually more secure and trustworthy than ‘http’. For instance, https://pdfdoctor.com shows that this site is safe for use. Although the security certificate does not always ensure legitimacy but it can be a good indicator as a phishing site won’t care about SSLs.
- Check the address bar in the browser for green ‘secure’ padlock icon. You can click this icon to know more details about your connection to the website such as a number of cookies, the validity of certificates and site settings.
- Assess the website URL minutely. Some of the red flags that you should look for include-
*Multiple dashes in the domain name
*Domain names that are similar to actual businesses
*Less popular domain extension such as .biz, .info
*Poorly spelled content, bad grammar
*Too many advertisements and redirects or invasive advertising that covers the entire pages.
- Review the site on Google. For this, enter the website URL on Google search bar and check results. You can also find reviews of the website/PDF converter tool that you are planning to use.