When is an online transaction secure·

Posted By: Dr. Frugal in Credit on 08/14/2007 at 05:57:57

If you've ever bought something online, and it looks like most Americans have, at some point you've probably wondered about the security of the transaction. The good news is that most web browsers indicate which transactions are secure and which ones are not. Regardless of the browser you use, the url should start with https, not just http. The trailing "s" indicates a secure connection that is encrypted. What these encrypted connections do not protect against is user stupidity/carelessness so do be careful about where you are offering your information. If you use Firefox, then the URL bar (where you type the website address) turns green when the connection is secure. This is also true for Apple's Safari. In Internet Explorer, there is a little lock icon on the far right of the address bar that displays when the page you're on is secure. Happy (and safe) browsing!

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