How Can I Tell If a Website Is Secure?

You may have a secure Wi-Fi router, an additional firewall security with your online internet security which can also be premium but if you are visiting unsecured website, you might leak out your privacy as well expose yourself to insecure access to your data. You may be going shopping online, paying your bills, or simply just be browsing the interest in the search for something thing cool, to read. No matter what the reason might be, if you don’t know how to distinguish between a secure site and an insecure site, you are risking more than you can think about, so let me tell you how you can tell if a site is really secured or not.

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Online transaction is already risky enough with hackers and coders ready to steal your money even when you are on a secured site and exposing your information publicly on an insured site will surely cause some issue which you will never want to face. So let me tell you how you can detect an insecure site so the next time you go online you can absolutely avoid visiting such sites.

Which Factors You Should Look at When Browsing?

Many websites (even insecure ones) will have Secured badge imprinted along with many tags under online security section stating that visiting and doing transaction on this site is safe and secure. But as I have already mentioned, even fake and insecure site can have the same badges. So you can’t alone trust these badges and tags so what will need to watch out for to understand whether the site that you are visiting regularly or the site that you are going to do a transaction is safe or not? Depending on the site (though all of them should be), most sites that have these security factors (badgers among others) are payment processing sites, online gaming sites and shopping sites, as well as social networks. In short, every site that requires your personal information, has to be secure. For example, a highly secure online casino would need to have all the factors that we’ll discuss, because your personal information is at stake and also incoming and outgoing transactions. If it’s not secure, someone can intercept these transactions.

Well, without further ado, let us have a look at these facts that you need to keep in mind when you are searching for a secured and safe site.

FACT #1:

The very first thing that you need to look out for is whether the site that you have visited is HTTPS secured or not. To understand this, simply upon visiting a site look at the URL section. HTTPS which stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure is a secured site which is not only secure to visit but also secure for communication protocol (online transactions).

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even if you can’t view the URL, you will be able o view a “GREEN LOCK” beside the URL section which also states that the site is HTTP Secure. You can also click on the GREEN LOCK to read all the information that the site is currently exchanging with your device.  And, also you can choose to allow any information that will require your permission before the site get access to it.

This is the very first and the most obvious way to tell whether a site is secured or not even when you are new to using the internet.

Fact #2:

After you had a look at the HTTPS fact about a site being secured, the second thing that you can look for to understand whether a site is secured or not is the sites “Website Privacy Policy”. In the Website Privacy Policy, you will be able to read out all the information that the site will exchange of data during a visit, during the transaction process or any other situation. The site will also have a disclaimer that the site will not store any private information of the visitor no matter what & will also not manipulate or share the information.

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If you find anything that looks out of track or is fishy you should visit it and check it, but shouldn’t  share any information on the site until you’re certain that it’s secure. Checking Privacy Policy is a good way to understand how will the site treat your information, but it’s also to remember that privacy policy is mandatory according to the laws of many countries.

Fact #3:

The very next thing that you can look at while you are visiting any site is their “CONTACT INFORMATION”. The first 2 steps can be your way out if you are simply visiting a site now and then. But if you are going for online transaction on any website and want to be sure that the site is secured then simply visit their Contact Information.

Here you should be able to see the websites owner contact info, social media links, email id, phone number and even a physical address. This symbolizes that the site is secure and safe to use. If you are going to transact a huge amount of money through any site, do visit the contact information of the site and make a call on the given number or even send an email to confirm whether the site is safe to use or not.

Fact #4:

As a new internet user, you can also have a look at the last proof of sign which is the  “BADGE VERIFICATION” to understand whether the site you visited is secured is not. Though it is hard to notice whether the badge is real or not, you still you “Move Your Cursor Over the Badge” to view a link.

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Now, this link should take you to the security provider who has verified the site. If the link in the Badge isn’t working or is redirecting to an invalid site then this site is insecure for sure.

To Conclude it:

And these were the ways on how you can understand whether the site you are visiting is safe or not. Also, before you do any transaction do check out all the above points provide above to make sure that the site is safe to provide with your transaction/credit or debit card information/ or any other private information because it is “ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY”.

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