Whenever you log onto a secure site, transactions are scrambled
through what is referred to as an encryption method so that
no one can understand the information being communicated back
and forth between you and the bank.
There are 3 ways to determine if the site on which you're
banking is secure:
- Go to your bank's homepage and log into your account by
inputting your identity code (usually your Social Security
number) and password. Notice that the lettering in the URL
address will change from "http" to "https." The extra "s"
stands for "security," and lets you know that the page is
- At the bottom left corner of your screen, a padlock icon
- You may also find a gold seal somewhere on the site that
reads, "VeriSign Secure Site; Click to Verify." VeriSign
is a leading provider of Internet trust services, and its
insignia is confirmation that your bank is certified as
a secure domain.