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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 […]

Check for HTTPS while on a shared network

It’s just one letter, but there’s a big difference between HTTP and HTTPS in a URL. HTTPS encrypts all page and form data on the site in question, making it crucial when using sensitive applications like online banking or online shopping. While using Wi-Fi in a cafe, hotel or school, check for HTTPS, it is […]

Use the HTTPS Everywhere plugin on Google Chrome

The “S” in HTTPS in a URL is an indication that you can trust that website with your personal information. To avoid using sites without the “S,” you can install a plugin on Google Chrome, which automatically switches sites from HTTP to HTTPS. To add the plugin: Go to Home in the Chrome web store. […]

E-skimming attacks on the rise as peak online shopping season begins

With the holidays right around the corner, online shopping is poised for a record-breaking season in 2019. Emarketer predicts that consumers will spend over $135 billion this upcoming holiday season. The e-commerce boom precipitated a new cybersecurity threat known as e-skimming, which involves the theft of consumer payment information from online stores. If you’re thinking […]

Tread lightly with public Wi-Fi networks

Public Wi-Fi is relatively risky to use. If you must use it, make sure it asks for a password and limit your activities to secure sites over HTTPS. Consider using a virtual private network as well for added security.

Pay attention to your browser’s URL bar

The URL (address) bar of your browser contains a lot of important information. It will indicate if the connection is secure – via the text “https://,” a padlock icon and/or a green bar. Plus, some browsers will warn you if a page is not secure. Icons may also appear indicating that location services are active […]