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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 […]

Be careful supplying personal information online

Unless you trust a site, don’t give your address, password, or credit card information. Look for indications that the site uses SSL to encrypt your information. Although some sites require you to supply your social security number (e.g., sites associated with financial transactions such as loans or credit cards), be especially wary of providing this […]

So you think HTTPS is safe?

After all the recent security scandals, I think it’s time to explain how the most common security mechanism on the network works. It was 11:23pm, my wife was checking the latest merchandize on yet another online shopping site, when suddenly I heard her voice: “Hey this one has no HTTPS!”. She knows better not to […]