Before you or your family members sign-in or buy online, ask yourself. Do I trust this Web site? We bring trust to the Internet by helping people and organizations establish, promote and protect their identities online.
- Look for the Green Bar
The green address bar in your web browser shows that web site is secured, as well as the authentic name of the company or organization that runs the site. Look for the Certificate Authority (VeriSign, GeoTrust, Thawte) name next to the Web site address to know the most trusted Web site security provider protects your information in the business.
Extended Validation, EV SSL Certificates gives a convenient and visible sign that you have a highly authenticated, trustworthy site and that your customers information is secure.
- Click the Check
When you click the “Secure Site Seal”, you see the exact information provided to and verified by Certificate Authority(VeriSign, GeoTrust, Thawte, and RapidSSL). Click the check on the “Secure Site Seal” to confirm the owner’s name, domain’s name, city, state, country, certificate’s validity period, and the status of the most recent malware scan that depend on which Certificate Authority performed.
- Keep Your Passwords Private
Never enter your username or password on a site you cannot verify. An email might have a link to a web site requesting your login. Do not follow the link – it could be a thief trying to steal your username and password. Go directly to the Web site by typing the URL in your browser in order to verify the email request.
- Create strong passwords
Create strong passwords are at least fourteen letters long and contain a combination of both upper and lower case characters, figures and signs. It is simple for you to keep in mind but complicated for others to imagination.
- Do not share your password with friends.
- Do not use the same password everywhere. If somebody pinch your password, all data that password secures is at risk.
- Go with Your Gut
If you do not see the signs above, you have to take extra measures for protection. Look for the closed padlock and an “s” in https in the URL. Is the URL what you expected or have you been redirected to a look-alike Web site? Is the content write in a professional manner? If what you see does not add up, trust your instincts and do not sign in. Better yet, do business with Web sites that show you they are secure.