Countdown to Christmas Cyber Security Tip #17

Safe signs to look out for online. 

For the majority of us, the internet has become an integral part of everyday life. We have become more savvy in terms of negotiating our way around even the most sophisticated of websites, but do we spend enough time checking that the sites we are visiting are secure, before entering personal information such as bank card details? 

You run the risk of losing money and personal data by entering details onto fake or unsecure websites, but the threat is equally there if you’re using websites for business transactions and the extent of losses could be even higher.  

If you’re using company debit or credit cards to place orders online, always ensure the website URL starts https:// (the s stands for ‘secure’), instead of http://. 

In addition, look out for the padlock sign in the top left hand corner of the URL which indicates the website is secure. 

Both of these elements show that the website is transferring your data securely. If you do not see these elements on sites that you visit, we would strongly advise to avoid viewing them let alone adding any personal information on them. 

Here are some examples of what to look out for on some popular browsers – 

Chrome  

Microsoft Edge  

  Internet Explorer

 

 

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