Not everyone is tech-savvy, and the beauty of the internet is that you often don’t have to be to use it! It is important however when you’re on a website and entering in things like passwords or email addresses that you’re sure your private information is secure. While 99% of the webpages you come across are fine, it’s important to know how to tell if a website’s connection is secure or not. This is important because a secure website connection helps protect your personal information from hackers and cyber-criminals.
In this article, we’ll explain how to tell if a website’s connection is secure, why this is important, and what to do if you land on a webpage that is not secure.
What is a Secure Website Connection?
A secure website connection means that the data transmitted between your browser (for example Chrome, Safari or Firefox browsers) and the website you’re visiting is encrypted. Encryption makes it difficult for anyone to intercept or steal your personal information, such as credit card numbers or login credentials.
You can tell if a website has a secure connection by looking at the URL in your browser’s address bar. If the URL starts with “https” instead of “http” then the website has a secure connection. You should also see a lock icon next to the URL.
It’s important to note that simply seeing “https” in the URL does not guarantee total security. The website must also have an up-to-date SSL certificate. This is a document issued by a trusted third-party company that verifies that the website owner is who they say they are, and provides encryption for the data transmitted from the website.
Most browsers will allow you to see if the webpage you are on is secure or not. If you’re using Chrome, for example, you can check for a site’s security information and Chrome will alert you if you can’t visit the site safely or privately. See the symbols you should look out for when using Chrome below:
Why is Secure Website Connection Important?
A secure website connection is important because it helps protect your personal information from being stolen by hackers and cyber criminals. If you enter sensitive information on an unsecured webpage, such as credit card details or passwords it could be intercepted by someone who wants to use it for fraudulent purposes.
What to Do if You Land on an Unsecured Webpage?
If you land on an unsecured webpage, don’t panic! Don’t enter any personal information. Look for the lock icon in your browser’s address bar and make sure the URL starts with “https.” If it doesn’t, simply leave the webpage.
In conclusion, knowing how to tell if a website’s connection is secure can help protect your personal information. Always look for the lock icon in your browser’s address bar and make sure the URL starts with “https.”
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