Website Safety

Website Safety

1. Look for the “s” in “https://”

Maybe you have noticed that some URLs start with “http://” while others start with “https://”? What does the “s” mean?

You may have noticed the extra “s” in a URL when you are going through an online checkout or entering sensitive information in an online form?

The extra “s” means that your connection to that website is secure and encrypted and that any data you disclose is shared safely with that website. 

The security technology that powers that little “s” is called SSL, which stands for Secure Sockets Layer. The link secures all data passed between the web server and browser remain private.

Part of ClearPath Information Systems’ web development processes includes the setup of SSL on all websites when they are ready for production.

2. Check for a Privacy Policy

A privacy policy should clearly state how your data is collected, used, and protected by the website. Most websites should have one because they are required by data privacy laws in countries like Australia and Canada. The privacy policy shows that the website owner cares about complying with the data privacy laws and ensures that their website is safe. Be sure to look for a privacy policy and read it over, before giving your information to a website.

3. Find their Contact Information

Ideally, a safe website will clearly display an email address, a phone number, a physical address if they have one, return policy if applicable, and social media accounts. These won’t necessarily provide protection, but they indicate that there’s likely someone you can reach out to if you need assistance.

Unfortunately not every website is trustworthy and secure, but don’t let that discourage you from going online – just remember to do it safely! Being able to recognise a safe website will help to help protect your personal data. By checking “Https,” the privacy policy, and contact information, these are all good signs that a website is safe.

Other things that you can also look out for include signs of Website Malware which will be discussed in another post.