Look for “https://” for Online Holiday Shopping

Many busy people have turned to online shopping to quickly check items off their holiday “To Do” list. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to protect your personal information from savvy online fraudsters by only shopping on secure websites.

At the beginning of the URL, look for “https://” which stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol-SECURE. If the site only says “http://” at the beginning of the URL it means that the website sends information to the internet browser using regular unsecured language.  This means that it is possible for someone to tap in to the information feed and intercept your information. The “s” in “https://” means that the website is secure and thieves can’t intercede your personal information.

Be sure than any time you enter personal information such as credit card number, billing address, or other sensitive information, be sure to check for the “s” in the URL.


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