As people’s reliance on the internet deepened through the years, cybercriminals also began to move more stealthily. Online shoppers, for instance, can be led to a payment page that has no HTTPS in its URL. If they enter their personal details on this page, they will be a prime target for identity theft without them knowing. Here’s why you should make sure that the websites you visit have a little padlock icon before their URL, and an “S” after the “HTTP” prefix.
The “s” in HTTPS stands for “secured”. It was introduced in 1995, so older websites that have been left on its own without regular maintenance usually don’t have it. But even to this day, unsecure websites exist, and fraudsters can easily take advantage of them.
When you visit a site with an HTTP connection, everything you type or click on that website is sent without encryption. This means that anyone who intercepts the data transferred between the website and your computer can readily view them. Cybercriminals […]