When it comes to online transactions, most people become skeptical about the security of their information and the safety of their money.
There is always a need to protect your money by protecting how you transact online. This article will explain certain things that you need to know about having a safe and secure online transaction.
Have you ever cared to notice that some websites start with HTTP and others with HTTPS? Do you know the difference between the two?
The main difference between “http://www…” and “https://www…” is the (s). HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol and the ‘S’ stands for ‘Secure.’ The secure code is usually installed on websites using what we call an SSL certificate.
If you visit a website or web page and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: HTTP:// his means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular ‘unsecured’ language.
In other words, it is possible for someone to ‘eavesdrop’ on your computer’s conversation with the website. If you fill out a form on such a website, hackers can easily get the information.
This is why it is never advised to enter your credit card information or fill a form in an HTTP website. If the web address begins with “https://www…” (Note the “s” after the letter p) it basically means your computer is talking to the website in a secure protocol that no one can break, at least not yet.
If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information or fill a form online, simply look at the web address to see if it is secured or not. Once it is not, run for your dear money.
Also when making card transactions online, always look out for a ‘green padlock icon’ or ‘green bar’ on your browser address bar before you give out your information.
I hope these tips made sense to you. If it does, share with your friends and family and save them the stress of running into the draining hands of internet fraudsters.