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With all the nasty things floating around the Internet these days, this is a question that we should ask ourselves whenever we're on the Internet. This is even more important if we are going to a website and downloading something. Nowadays nasty stuff can hide in the ads on websites, Word documents (like "Locky" ransomware), and PDF files.
So you need to be very careful about the websites you visit, but how can you know if a website is safe or not? I had this question asked of me recently and I did some research to answer this question. I found a web page entitled "How to Tell If A Website Is Dangerous" that goes over this topic very well. It gives you numerous links to some good sites that can check a site to see if it has been blacklisted, if it has malicious content and what the reputation of the site is (for more about this see Greg's TechBits article). I also found that Google has a site for this as well and it is called Google Transparency Report. So with this information you can now make good choices as to the websites that you visit.