Tech Tip: Double Check before Giving Any Information

January 20, 2016



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Before giving any information to a website…

Check the SSL Certificate. Look at the URL of the website. If it begins with "https" instead of "http" it means the site is secured using an SSL Certificate (the s stands for secure). SSL Certificates secure all of your data as it is passed from your browser to the website's server. However, not all SSL Certificate are validated the same so you want to ensure the site has the highest validated and safest SSL Certificate by looking at the address bar. Browsers show a green address bar with a lock icon for websites that have the highest validated and safest SSL Certificates.                        

Look at the Domain.  Cyber attackers will sometimes create websites that look exactly like a legitimate website. But the URL will be slightly different (e.g., "amaz0n.com"). Then they'll try to trick you into clicking on their website's link via a phishing email or other method. To avoid these kinds of attacks always look at the domain of the site you are on. If you get an email from your bank or other online vendor, don't click the link in the email. Type the domain into your browser to make sure you are connecting to the website where you intend to be.

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