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Spot the safe sites–understanding website certificates

Ever notice a little padlock next to a website address? Or maybe a URL that starts with “https” instead of “http”? These are clues that a website takes security seriously and protects your information. Here’s the deal: secure websites use encryption, a fancy way of scrambling your data so only the website can read it. […]

Implement a web application firewall (WAF)

For businesses, look to elevate the security of your web applications by deploying a web application firewall (WAF). This defense layer inspects all incoming HTTP/HTTPS requests and responses, meticulously filtering out malicious traffic including SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS) and various application-layer attacks. By adopting a WAF, you fortify your web services against a spectrum […]

Force HTTPS connections with browser extensions for better security

HTTPS is a secure way to browse the web, while HTTP is not. That’s why you should always look for the lock icon in the address bar before entering sensitive information, such as your credit card number or social security number. But what if the website you’re visiting doesn’t offer HTTPS? That’s where browser extensions […]

Look for the “s” in “https” when submitting information via a web form

The “s” in “https” stands for “secure.” If you’re ever submitting information on a web page that merely has the prefix “http” and doesn’t have the “s,” that means whatever data you put out there can be easily viewed by the other party. Don’t enter sensitive information into a web page unless it starts with […]

What is a website security certificate?

A website security certificate is also known as an SSL, an HTTPS certificate, and an SSL server certificate. It allows websites to display that padlock in the web address bar. There are two elements that signify that a site uses: one is a closed padlock, which, depending on your browser, may be positioned in the […]

Only visit HTTPS websites if possible

HTTPS encrypts the data you exchange for websites that use it. On the other hand, HTTP sends that same information in plain text. Look out for a padlock in the URL bar of your browser to verify HTTPS. It’s best not to perform financial transactions such as e-commerce purchases over HTTP. You can use the […]