||Oracle Tips by Burleson
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity
Safely Purchasing Online
Freshness - Look for the last updated
date and for the most recent additions. A corporate website might
have a special section for newsworthy events. If there is nothing
new, it could mean the company has vanished.
Completeness - Is everything offered on
the site available? Do all of their links work? Is any information
missing such as return and exchange policies?
prominently? How will they use purchaser information? Will they
share it with others or use it for marketing purposes?
For many browsers, one clue regarding the
security of a web page is the picture of a padlock at the bottom of
the window. If the lock is closed, then the site is using
security. Otherwise, if the lock is open, the site is unsecured.
Another indicator of a secured site is that the address starts with
https instead of the usual http.
Always look for the clues the Internet browser
reveals regarding the security level of the current web page. If
filling out a form that includes personal or financial information,
make sure that the lock icon is locked or that the site address
starts with https instead of http.
When using an unsecured web page, it is
important to remember anything that is typed is visible to anyone
who may be looking. There is no encryption, so make sure nothing is
entered that needs to remain private.
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