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Know the different types of HTTPS indicators

HTTPS is the secure version of HTTP, one of the key protocols of the web. How do you know if a site is protected by HTTPS? Look in the URL (address) bar. It should say “https://” at the beginning. Depending on the browser and site, it might also include a padlock icon or a green […]

Use the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension

This browser extension from the Electronic Frontier Foundation provides an extra layer of protection for your web browsing. It will encrypt your connection to different sites and services so that it is more difficult for anyone to track your activity. The extension is free to download and is available for most major web browsers.

Look for the signs of a fake banking website

Online banking is supposed to be safe and convenient. Unfortunately, plenty of imposter sites are out there trying to steal your information. No legitimate bank will ask for your card number or PIN during the sign-in process, although it might ask you to answer security questions or confirm via a separate trusted device. Make sure […]

Force an HTTPS connection via browser extensions

HTTPS is secure and HTTP is not. You never want to shop, view your bank account or do anything similarly sensitive without an HTTPS connection. You can broaden HTTPS protections through browser extensions like HTTPS Everywhere, which encrypt the connections between your browser and the many common advertising and analytics sites that are loaded on […]

Check for evidence that your information is being encrypted

To prevent attackers from stealing your personal information, online submissions should be encrypted so that the appropriate recipient can only read it. Many sites use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Hypertext Transport Protocol Secure (https). A lock icon in the bottom right corner of the window indicates that your information will be encrypted. Some sites […]

Use HTTPS wherever available

HTTPS is fundamentally more secure than HTTP. Look for a padlock and/or green-colored certificate holder name in your web browser to ensure that your connection to the site is encrypted.