I have posted this very important information many times over the past 20 years, but it is always a good reminder for those of you who shop online, particularly leading up to Christmas when hackers are very active.
This is how HACKERS get your information.
With websites, there is a big difference between http:// and https://?
I don’t know how many of you are aware of the difference, but it is worth sending to everyone.
The main difference between http:// and https:// is it’s all about keeping you secure.
HTTP stands for Hyper Text Transfer Protocol.
The “S” stands for “secure”.
If you visit a website or web page and look at the address in the web browser, it will likely begin with the following: http://
This means that the website is talking to your browser using the regular “unsecured” language.
In other words, it is possible for someone to “eavesdrop” on your computer’s conversation with the website.
If you fill out a form on the website, someone might see the information you send to that site.
This is why you never enter your credit card number in an http:// website!
But if the web address begins with https://, that means your computer is talking to the website in a secure code that no one can eavesdrop.
If a website ever asks you to enter your credit card information, you should automatically look to see if the web address begins with https://.
You will note that my Veteranweb site is … https://veteranweb.asn.au ensuring that it is secure and any information you provide to me is totally secure.
If it doesn’t, you should NEVER enter sensitive information such as a credit card number, SS #, etc.
Please ensure your family is aware . . . . . . You May Save Them a Lot of Grief!