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How To Tell If a Website Is Secure

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity issues. Take some time this month to brush up on your cybersecurity knowledge and protect your digital information.

Before you enter personal information on a website – for instance, entering your credit card information while shopping online – make sure you confirm that the website is secure. Secure websites have encrypted connections, which means that the information you enter is scrambled so that outside hackers cannot access it.

Any time you send an email, share a photo, post to a social networking site, or bank online, check to make sure the website you are using is secure. The easiest way to check if a website is encrypted is to look at its URL. Website URLS that begin with https are secured using an SSL certificate. You should also look for a closed padlock icon in your web browser next to the URL. If you click this padlock, you will receive information about the website and whether your connection is secure.

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