It’s a simple fact: some websites are secure, and some are not. There’s no problem with that in itself; some sites do not need to be secure. This blog post is not “secure”, but that’s fine because I am not asking you to enter any critical information.
But what if a website is selling something, and asking you to enter your credit card information? Before you input any information like that (credit card number, bank account number, social security number, etc.) you need to make sure that your data will be safe.
There is a quick and easy way to do that.
First, on this blog post, look up at the top of the page at the address bar:
See how the address for this site starts out with “http” – that means it is just a regular website, not one that you would want to enter your credit card into.
Now, if you click on my link above that goes to my Remote Support service and click the Buy Now button, you will be taken to a site that does ask for a credit card:
Notice the difference? This one starts with “https” – that extra “s” stands for secure. When you are making this purchase, you can either sign into your Paypal account, or just pay with a regular credit card if you don’t have a Paypal account. Either way, the information that you enter will be secure.
This just means that the data you enter won’t be “eavesdropped” into a third party computer while the transaction is taking place. Of course, the fact that a site is secure does not by itself mean that there are absolutely zero risks. But paying with a credit card is the safest way to purchase anything online, because you are protected against loss or fraud through your credit card company, or the merchant (or both).