Pick the Safer Site

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NextA real site will never use scare tactics to get your username and password. If you're ever in doubt, contact the company directly to see if your account is in danger.
NextLearn to spot the telltale signs of a secure site. At minimum, it should have a URL that starts with https://, and it should have a padlock icon in the browser frame – NOT on the site's page. These show the site is protected with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), a cryptographic protocol that provides communication security.
NextMany websites look just like the real thing. But if you look closely at the text, you may spot misspellings and other typos that could indicate the site you're looking at is fake.
NextWhen SSL certificates expire, you may get a popup window warning you of the expiration or you may notice the https text and padlock icon are crossed out. An expired SSL certificate can still encrypt your communication, but you can't put much trust that the source is what it claims to be.
NextMany websites look just like the real thing. But if you look closely at the text, you may spot misspellings and other typos that could indicate the site you're looking at is fake.
NextAlways check the URL in the address bar. Addresses like this one are a sign that you're not on the site you think you're on. The URL may even look right in an email but take you to a completely different place than you planned.
NextAlways check the URL in the address bar. Addresses like this one are a sign that you're not on the site you think you're on. The URL may even look right in an email but take you to a completely different place than you planned.
NextLearn to spot the telltale signs of a secure site. At minimum, it should have a URL that starts with https://, and it should have a padlock icon in the browser frame – NOT on the site's page. These show the site is protected with Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), a cryptographic protocol that provides communication security.
NextSites that use Extended Validation (EV) SSL show a green highlight in the address bar. This obvious visual cue takes the guesswork out of identifying legitimate websites.
NextSites that use Extended Validation (EV) SSL show a green highlight in the address bar. This obvious visual cue takes the guesswork out of identifying legitimate websites.