Monday, August 27, 2007

Keep Safe When Using Your Credit Card Online

If you shop online or use online banking, then you might be familiar with HTTPS protocols and the way that they help keep your information safe. However, if you are new to online shopping or banking, then you should know about HTTPS and how to make sure that your credit card details are safe when you purchase online. Here is some information about HTTPS and its uses.

What is HTTPS?

HTTPS stands for HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure. It is similar to a normal HTTP used when viewing a web site, except that it uses SSL security in order to keep your information safe and private. This type of address is used when going to any site where you might input your financial details in order to view accounts or purchase goods.

How do I know a site is HTTPS?

Knowing that a site is HTTPS can be important, as it will help you to decide if the site is safe to input your information or not. Many Internet browsers have settings that will alert you when you are going onto a secure page of a site. Then you can choose whether you enter this page or not. However, if your settings do not show this, then you should look in the address bar of the site. If you are on a page where you are going to enter information or purchase something, the page address should begin with https:// instead of http://

How does HTTPS work?

HTTPS basically works by encrypting the data that you enter on the page. That way, anyone who has access to the server that the page is on will not be able to access the information contained. This means that your credit card information remains safe and secure.

HTTPS problems

Although HTTPS does help to keep your data safe, it can never be 100% effective and security breaches do occur. If you use HTTPS pages, make sure that you only use them on your private computer, and that you keep track of the pages that you use. Also, there are sometimes problems accessing HTTPS pages due to them not being able to be stored correctly in your computer cache. If you have this problem then make sure you clear your cache content regularly, as this will help you to get on the site more easily.

Don’t use unsecured sites

Although HTTPS is not completely safe, it is much safer than using a site without HTTPS. If you are entering financial information of any sort, make sure that the site is using HTTPS. If it is not then you are putting your credit card details at risk. Always check before you use a site, and if you cannot work out whether the site is secure, then either contact the site owners or find another site to use. If you use sites with HTTPS then you are much more likely to keep your credit card details safe.

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