How do you know if you are on a secure (https) web site?



November 25th, 2005

I know people are going to be spending a lot of their hard-earned cash online over the next few weeks so I though I'd pass on a few tips on how to know if you are on a secure website. 

  • Don't be lazy!  Type in the web address!
    The first thing to note - type in the web addresses for e-commerce sites - clicking on links in emails (and even storing them in the favorites) can be dodgy.  Type it in and then you know where you are going!
  • Look for the https!
    This is important!  Don't disclose your details if you are not protected by a secure [tag]https[/tag] site.  On an https connection your details are encrypted while in transit across the web.  Without this you are wide open!
    Secure https websites
  • Check for the lock!
    Very important!  As well as looking for the "https" in the [tag]URL[/tag] look for the lock icon that shows you are protected.
    This appears in the status bar at the bottom on the window in [tag]Internet Explorer 6[/tag]:
    Secure https websites
    In [tag]Firefox[/tag] the lock appears both next to the URL at the top and in the status bar at the bottom
    Secure https websites
    Secure https websites
    [tag]Opera[/tag] displays the lock next to the URL in the address bar:
    Secure https websites
  • Double-click the lock!
    This will give you information about the [tag]certificate[/tag] that the website uses to verify itself to you and encrypt the information (don't worry too much about the technical details if you're not interested):
    [tag]Internet Explorer[/tag] 6:
    Secure https websites
    Firefox:
    Secure https websites
    Opera:
    Secure https websites
  • Stick to reputable sites!
    Reputable sites won't try to rip you off!

Take care and stay safe!

EDIT

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Some more good links on safe shopping on the net over on 43 Folders.

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