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Make Sure Your Favorite Shopping & Banking Websites Are Secure

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- More people are shopping and banking online than ever.  So how do you know which sites are safe and secure?

The letter "S" is very important here.  On most internet browsers, there's a lock in the corner of the page to show you when you're on a secure website, but if you don't have that lock, you can simply look at the web address itself.  Sometimes it will say http://  and other times it will say https://.  That "s" means it's a secure webpage.

However, just because it's secure doesn't always mean the company on the other end of the secure connection is a reputable company.  Owner of Cline Computers, Joel Cline, cautions to make sure you're dealing with trusted companies online.  He says one way to do that is to click the lock on your internet browser.  Cline explains, "That lock you can always click on it and view the company certificate.  It shows where that certificate is registered to, the city, the state, when it was registered, and even contact info as well."

So, any time you're about to buy something online or enter your credit card or account number, look for the "s" or the lock to make sure you're shopping safely.  Also, always do your research on any company's website where you're going to enter personal information.