What to Look for in a Secure Website?

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What to Look for in a Secure Website?

When visiting a website where you’re entering sensitive, private, or personal information for a Loan Application, Credit Application, Credit Card Application, or just entering data such as Medical Information or Social Security Numbers, etc., the very first step you for securing your privacy is creating a strong password where/when applicable. A simple, but effective method of creating a secure password is to visit a Password Generator site such as www.passwordsgenerator.net.

Just as important is verifying that any sensitive, private, or personal information you enter on any website is transmitted, and stored appropriately. Once your information is keyed in; it can be transmitted as plain text and easily intercepted, but you can avoid this my making sure the website is encrypted over a Secure Socket Layered (SSL) connection.

Identifying an Encrypted Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Connection

HTTPS (https://)

One sign to look for is in the URL of the website. On a secure (SSL Connected) website; the URL should begin with https:// rather than http://. The “s” at the end of the http:// represents a secure connection; one that is using a Secure Sockets Layered (SSL) connection. In just looking for this one simple item; you can be sure your information will be encrypted before being sent across any servers.

The “Lock” Icon

An additional sign to look for is the “LockLock Icon (Green) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon. The “Lock” Lock Icon (Green) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon can be displayed in several different places depending upon which Browser you’re using (i.e. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, etc.,). A few examples of what they look like on the five (5) top browsers can be found below:

Google Chrome

Chrome - Safe Secure Online Loan Application

Clicking on the “Lock” Lock Icon (Green) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon will give you additional information on the security status of the website you’re visiting.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox - Safe Secure Online Loan Application

With older versions of Firefox, the “Lock” Lock Icon (Green) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon may sometimes not be displayed, but clicking on the website’s icon All-State Credit, LLC Favicon next to the URL (https://) should show the “Lock”  icon, and additional information on the security status of the website you’re visiting. The “Lock” Lock Icon (Gray) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application Lock Icon (Yellow) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application Lock Icon (Green) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon may also appear in different colors, depending upon the Browser you’re using.

Internet Explorer

Internet Exlorer - Safe Secure Online Loan Application

Again, clicking on the “Lock” Lock Icon (Yellow) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon will give you additional information on the security status of the website you’re visiting. The “Lock” Lock Icon (Gray) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application Lock Icon (Yellow) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application Lock Icon (Green) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon may also appear in different colors, depending upon the Browser you’re using.

Safari

Safari - Safe Secure Online Loan Application

With older versions of Safari, the “Lock” Lock Icon (Gray) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon may be displayed in different areas, but clicking on the website’s “Lock” Lock Icon (Gray) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon should show you additional information on the security status of the website you’re visiting. Here also, the “Lock” Lock Icon (Gray) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application Lock Icon (Yellow) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application Lock Icon (Green) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon may appear in different colors, depending upon the Browser you’re using.

Opera

Opera - Safe Secure Online Loan Application

Whichever Browser you choose to use, always “click” on the “Lock” Lock Icon (Gray) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application Lock Icon (Yellow) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application Lock Icon (Green) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon to validate that the website is trustworthy, secure, and that your information with be encrypted when transmitted. Don’t just look for the “Lock” Lock Icon (Gray) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application Lock Icon (Yellow) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application Lock Icon (Green) - Safe Secure Online Loan Application icon and accept that the website is secure! Your Browser will always have additional information on the website’s authenticity — if you click on the icon. Be sure to read the information carefully before proceeding to input any personal information on that website. Checking for the items above will make sure your next Online Loan Application and/or Online Credit Application is safe and secure!

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