A few key tips when entering passwords on a website

When you enter in a user name and password on a website, even if it is to a service that you don’t think is valuable, protect yourself. If attackers are able to get access to that account, they can try to use that information against you. Do you use the same name and password on another site? Do you put your personal contact information in your profile? If nothing else, they can send you a very convincing phishing email. Below are some of the most basic precautions you will want to take.

  • First, the “plural URL.” The site’s checkout page should have an “https” instead of “http” at the beginning of the Web address.
  • Second, a closed padlock or unbroken key. One of these should appear in the bottom or top window frame of your browser, letting you know your personal information will be encrypted.
  • Third, the Web address generally. If the URL changes from what you would expect in the course of your transaction, log out immediately and shop elsewhere.