Is Your Site Secure? Can hackers watch your keystrokes? How can you tell?
It’s really quite simple. If a site is secure, it has an SSL installed on it. What is an SSL? It stands for a Secure Sockets Layer. On a non SSL site, your information that you input into a Contact Form or Payment Form travels through the internet it what we call ‘plain text’. And ‘plain text’ is just what it sounds like…text that is plainly viewable though the internet. An SSL changes this plain text into encrypted text. A secure site uses an SSL to create an encrypted connection between your web browser and the website’s server that you are visiting. This ensures that private information is transmitted without the problems of eavesdropping, data tampering, or message forgery. So, in other words, your data input is safe.
How can you tell if a site has an SSL?
One: It has a lock symbol on the far left hand side of the URL (the box at the top where you put your domain name in).
Two: Once you reach the domain name that you typed in, you will see an https:// in front of the domain name (at the top).
Why is this important?
If you want to protect your credit card identity, or if you are sharing personal information that you don’t want to share with the world wide web, you should always glance up to the top left hand side of your screen to see if the site you are on is secure.
I wouldn’t advise entering any credit card information on a site without SSL credentials. You are taking a risk. Basically, as your information travels across the internet, someone can easily nab it and have your personal information, wreaking all kinds of havoc on your life.
Can I trust an SSL site?
If an SSL is installed correctly on a site, then the answer is Yes. SSL provides a secure place on the internet for you to enter your credit card information and feel confident that the information you are entering is encrypted as it travels across the internet.