How do I know if a website is secure?

Look for these two things:

  • All data you transmit is strongly encrypted.
  • The site you’re doing business with is the site you think it is.

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), the industry-standard security protocol that the AfriSci NETWORK website uses to communicate with secure browsers, takes care of these items. When communicating with a secure server like ours, these browsers encrypt the information you send in a way that is extremely difficult for anyone else to decode. You should also look for a visual image (generally a lock) that indicates a secure site.

How do I know I’m in a secure area of the website?

There are several ways to confirm that you’re in a secure area. All SSL-capable browsers have a symbol to indicate the secure mode

You can also tell when you’re in a secure area because the URL to the left of the colon changes from “http” to “https” to signify that a SSL protocol is being used to communicate with the server. (http means HyperText Transport Protocol; https means HTTP with SSL.) In most browsers, you’ll also see a solid blue line in the upper portion of the browser’s window. This additional visual cue tells you that you are browsing a secure area.