The HTTPS connection
You have most likely already seen this code. You can find it on the direct left of the web address (also known as URL) of an internet site. HTTPS ensures a safe transfer of data between you and the web. In order to display it in its URL, a merchant must purchase a certificate (SSL) that proves the authenticity of his business to his web server provider. In other words, not only is he going to pay an annual fee, but his business will also be verified by an external trusted source.
A website unequipped with HTTPS isn’t necessarily mischievous. It’s just unknown, unverified. On the other hand, when you register personal information or make an online purchase, it is very important to confirm that the HTTPS connection is there. This verification will be your very own safety net against web fraud.