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When is a Website Secure for Financial Transactions?
Before sending any sensitive or financial information online, you want to know that you are communicating with a secure site. Secure sites make sure that all information you send is encrypted, or protected as it travels across the internet. The https address heading and your browser's security symbol are two signs that indicate you are on a secure site.
Web addresses either begin with http or https. If the address is https then the information you send to it is encrypted and will look like gibberish if intercepted by cybercriminals.
Your browser will use a security symbol or a lock to indicate that the browser verifies the website is a secure site. As seen in the examples below, the look of each browser's symbol can be slightly different, and it is usually located in the address bar.
Security Symbol for Internet Explorer
Security Symbol for Firefox
Security Symbol for Chrome