We all frequently transmit financial and personal information across the Internet and enter it into websites. It’s the way we get things done. But to get it done right, it all needs to be protected through certificate-based encryption.
What can you do?
Check your browser for a “padlock” icon and the protocol “https” preceding the URL before you enter sensitive information like a User ID or password. You should take additional steps if you are less familiar with a site or have never used a particular site before.
To do so, you can click on the “padlock” icon and view information about the certificate. It will tell you what Certificate Authority was used to issue the certificate and validate the website’s ownership and existence.
By default, the most popular browsers trust certain Certificate Authorities. If a certificate is not issued by one of the trusted Certificate Authorities, the browser will warn you prior to connecting to the site that the issuer of the certificate is not trusted. If your browser ever warns you, NEVER enter sensitive information; the site cannot be trusted.
Please take a moment to consider this information. If you have questions, please be sure to contact your organization’s IT department for assistance.