We have long advised Web users to look for HTTPS and the lock icon in the address bar of their favorite browser Firefox before typing passwords or other private information into a website. These are solid tips but its worth digging deeper into what HTTPS does and doesnt do to protect your online security and what steps you need to take to be safer.

Its true that looking for the lock icon and HTTPS will help you prevent attackers from seeing any information you submit to a website. HTTPS also prevents your internet service provider ISP from seeing what pages you visit beyond the top level of a website. That means they can see that you regularly visit httpswww.reddit.com for example but they won8217t see that you spend most of your time at httpswww.reddit.comrCatGifs. But while HTTPS does guarantee that your communication is private and encrypted it doesnt guarantee that the site wont try to scam you.

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News Link: https://blog.mozilla.org/en/products/firefox/https-protect/.

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