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Is It Secure?

Friday, December 1st, 2006 by | Filed Under: Using The Internet

Is It Secure?

When you’re browsing through different Web sites, do you ever notice that some URLs have the http:// beginning, while others have an https:// start to them? (If you’re not even sure what I changed there, I added an “s” to the second example). So, what is the difference between having an “s” and not having one? Well, let’s find out!

The “https” prefix indicates that you are visiting a secure site. For example, if you are on WorldStart’s Web site and you’re looking through our products, you will see the Web address as just an “http” beginning. Then if you decide to purchase something, once you get to the checkout page, you will see the address suddenly change to “https.” This happens because you are about to enter in all of your personal information, including a credit card number, so we have to make sure to keep your information as safe as possible. This is true for many other Web sites as well.

Now, you may have thought that the little picture of a padlock at the bottom of the page was the only reminder that you’re on a secure site. That’s just not the case though. If you’re ever unsure about a particular site’s security, you can look for that padlock, but if it doesn’t happen to be there, check out the URL. If it has an “https” beginning, you are still on safe and solid ground. Here’s what you’ll look for:

Either way, you’ll have nothing to worry about when you’re surfing the Internet. Now, doesn’t that make you feel so much better?!

~ Erin

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