Due to efforts by many companies such as Google, Microsoft, and others; the web is becoming more and more secure. However, on certain websites, you may see a small warning that “This site is not secure” or “Your password will be transmitted unencrypted”, both of which are a little vague. What this means is that the site does not have an SSL certificate.
This certificate ensures that you’re on the website you mean to be, and that malicious actors can’t siphon your password over the web. When a site does not have that certificate, and therefore is not secure, it becomes quite easy to steal a password entered there.
So what do you do if you run into one of these? Ideally, don’t use the website if it requires any log in. Most major sites like Amazon, eBay, Google, banks, and any other large company is going to have SSL certificates. However, sometimes there’s a website you just HAVE to use and it doesn’t have SSL. If this is the case, make sure you set your password to something completely different from any other website, and don’t store credit card or banking information on these sites. Google and Firefox are both giving more and more warnings as time goes on, and might even block insecure sites in the future. Hopefully in the near future we won’t have to worry about insecure websites anymore as secured websites become the norm. Until then, make sure you pay attention when you get insecure warnings from your browser.
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