Am I safe online?

Allows Look for the Lock, what is this Lock means and why it is essential? In this month’s article will continue answering the same question, Am I Safe online? As this question is very important in our daily online life and how it helps protecting your credit card details and your online activates

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Description automatically generated First, we need to know how our computers connect to a website in a very more straightforward way of it. When we type the web address like then a server “a computer program or a device that provides functionality for other programs or devices” will resolve this name to an IP address “it is an address given to each public network to find it over the internet, exactly like your house address to find you all over Australia” and connect your computer to the webpage. To do so, your computer will send some information to identify itself to the server and the server will replay back with some other information, after they are happy, they will connect. This information can be interrupted by, i.e. a hacker and get all the information about you, the server and the data you are viewing “your bank account or credit card details” Okay, but that is not a good thing to know, what should I do? The short answer is, nothing more than Look for the Lock. Back to the above question, what does the Lock do? It merely means that the connection between your computer and the website is encrypted. So even if a hacker or hackers managed to interrupt this connection, they wouldn’t be able to know your computer information, personal details or bank accounts or credit card details. You as a user can tell the difference quickly between a secured site and unsecured one, by either Look for the Lock

or on a web address, Look for the S. HTTP is not secured, while https is secured (S for secured).

Today’s quickie: it is better to use a third-party payment method, i.e. PayPal for an extra level of secure payment instead of using your credit card or bank account directly

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Until next month, Go Swift!