Before entering sensitive information into a website, look for the security padlock symbol. The padlock is one way of checking that a website is safe and indicates that the information you submit is secure.
Double-click the icon. It will display the certificate information for the page you are viewing to guarantee that you are on a safe, secure website. Make sure the certificate is current and issued to the same company you are visiting.
Don’t be fooled by a padlock that appears on the Web page itself because it is possible for a cyber criminal to copy the image. So, double check that the padlock is in the window frame of the browser itself.
After validating the padlock, you can also check the text before the website name in the address bar. The “https” is another indication that the page you are viewing is secure.
Pay attention to the Web address. Check the address and if you click on a link, look to make sure that the address stayed the same. If it has changed, then it has taken you to a fraudulent Web address where cyber criminals can monitor and access your information.
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