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