Step 1: Check the URLStandard websites use the prefix “http://”, but secure websites will use “https://” - that extra ‘s’ means your connection to the website is encrypted.
Step 2: Check for a lockDepending on your browser, when a site is secure, you’ll see a padlock displayed either in the address box or bottom right corner of your browser window.
Step 3: If you get an SSL warning, don’t click through
If your browser (i.e. Chrome or Firefox) believes that the site you’re connecting to isn’t what it should be, a warning will be displayed about the site’s security certificate being untrusted. To be safe, you shouldn’t proceed unless you know and understand the technical reason why you’ve received the warning.
This post is part of our National Cybersecurity Awareness Month blog series, where we're sharing simple steps you can take to protect your accounts. We encourage everyone to be proactive about their security online.