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How can you tell?

How can you tell this site is secure?

Because I have two spinning locks underneath my site logo, that's how!

Seriously, website security, certainly when it involves giving out your credit card information, is a top concern for any savvy web surfer. There are many things to look for when making an online purchase that will ensure your security. On a secure site, all of the information that you send and recieve is encrypted between the website and your computer so that nobody can snoop on your transaction. This is essential, and required for every site that takes credit cards online. All of those things should be present on this very page, so let's take a look.

A secure website address
A secure website address will start with https:// rather than just http://. The S in there actually means secure. If you look at the top of your browser where the website address is, you should see That's one way to tell that you're on a secure website. If this page wasn't actually secure and you tried to access it with https instead of http, your browser would give you a warning. If you didn't get a warning when you visited this page, that means all is well and the encryption is working and valid.

A lock icon in your browser
If your browser shows a lock icon then you're on a secure page. Plain and simple. Check your browser... see a lock? Not the ones that are spinning, those are just for fun. The lock is in different places depending on what browser you're using:
  • Internet Explorer 7/8: Lock is on the right side of the address bar towards the top of the screen.
  • Internet Explorer (older): Lock is on the right side of the status bar on the bottom of the screen.
  • Firefox: Lock is on the right side of the address bar and on the status bar at the bottom of the screen.
  • Safari (Apple): Lock is at the top of the screen next to the window control icons.
I haven't listed all the browsers here, but if yours isn't on the list do some looking and you should see a lock icon somewhere on your browser window (not inside the webpage). Once you find it, if you hover your mouse over it you should get more information. If you click on it, you'll get lots of information to let you know the certificate is valid depending on which browser you're using.

A secure site seal
If a site is secure, then it should have a seal from a trusted SSL Certification Company. SSL stands for "Secure Sockets Layer," which is a web technology that allows for the encryption between my site and your computer to take place. The seal is usually just a nice indication of the fact that the site has taken the time to make sure that their order pages are 100% secure. My SSL Certification Seal is on my order page, but I'm allowed to place a copy of it on any secure page I have. Since this page is secure, you can take a look.
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You should take care to ensure that all of these things are in place whenever you give out sensitive information on the internet, not just on this site. And if you think this page was informative, just wait until you read the guide!

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