Encrypting communications

When sending confidential information on the internet, it is always best to use an SSL encrypted connection. Online banks and shops usually use a secure SSL connection. E-mail messages can be encrypted as well.

Ensure that online services are secure

Before giving out confidential information, such as credit card details, always ensure that the online service uses a secure SSL connection. SSL encrypts the contents that are transmitted between your computer and the web page server and facilitates the authentication of a website.

You can recognise a secure website by the lock icon next to the browser address bar and the letters "https" (as opposed to "http") at the beginning of a web address.

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