How Can I Tell if a Website is Secure?

There are two ways to simple ways to ensure you are on a secure website.

1.) Look at the web address in your browser, make sure the web address starts with https://

2.) Look for a closed padlock in your web browser. When you click on the padlock you should see a message that states the name of the company and that “The connection to the server is encrypted” (see below for example)

Important to Remember:

  • Do not log into a site if it is not secure as described above.
  • Do not log into a site if you feel it is a fake, call the company directly.
  • Log out of the site when you are finished.

A secure website creates an encrypted connection between your web browser and the site company web server. This encrypted connection prevents criminals on the internet from eavesdropping on your internet traffic with the purpose of stealing your information.

Note: Different web browsers have the padlock in different locations on the screen.