Spot HTTPS indicators to protect your browsing

HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, the protocol used to transfer data between web browsers and servers. How do you know if a site is protected by HTTPS? Look in the URL bar. It should start with “https://”. Depending on the browser and site, it might also show a padlock icon or a green block with the certificate holder’s name.

Here are some tips for spotting HTTPS indicators:

  • Check the URL bar. If it starts with “https://”, the site is using HTTPS.
  • Look for a padlock icon in the URL bar. This means that the site is using a valid SSL certificate.
  • Look for a green block in the URL bar. This shows the name of the certificate holder and confirms that the site is using HTTPS.

If you don’t see any of these indicators, the site is not using HTTPS. It’s best to avoid entering sensitive information on such sites, as it could be intercepted by cybercriminals.

By following these tips, you can help protect your data and privacy when browsing the web.