Tip 3 of 5
Make sure your details are secure.
Once you have browsed an online store and found the items you want and added them to your basket/shopping cart, you will be ready to click on the checkout or place order button. From this point on you will be entering private and confidential information such as your name, address, contact numbers, and card details. These should only ever be entered into a website using a secure connection.
Most modern web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox, clearly indicate when a site is secure.
Each web browser is slightly different, but fundamentally you should be looking for the same things, just potentially they can be displayed in different places. The first thing to look out for is that the web address of the site you are on changes. Normally the address bar will display a sites address proceeded by http://. When you have entered a secure page it should change to https:// indicating that the data about to be transmitted will be done via a secure server.
This should go hand in hand with a symbol of a padlock being displayed to again indicate that the site is secure. If you get one of these, but not the other, do not enter any personal information into the page. Firefox operates slightly differently in that when on a secure server, the name of the website appears at the left of the address bar. If you click here it will display information about the sites security and display the padlock.
General browsing of the store and looking at the items it sells is fine to do via a standard connection and does not need to be secure as you are not transmitting any information about yourself, but as soon as you are about to send any personal information via the website it should be done via a secure connection and the site should automatically switch to a secure server displaying a https:// address with a padlock.
Below are some sample images taken from some of the most common and popular Web Browsers.
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