Some safety guidelines for the internet.
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Passwords:
Please remember that a great number of websites ask you to make accounts. Always, ALWAYS, make sure that your passwords are different than your email passwords, or bank passwords, etc. Banking websites usually also require answering a set question that you enable, to login to your account, so your bank account isn't at such a great risk. Remember, the longer and more complex your password, the better.

Buying things online:
Please remember that when you make online purchases, you are essentially sending your credit card data to a payment processor. Most small online businesses use third party payment processors to charge the credit card. Most of the time, they require you to enter your details onto their website, and the info is then handled by the payment processor. When you are making an online purchase, verify that the page you are on is actually a part of the actual website. If it isn't, look for a safety logo, or information regarding the payment processor. This information is usually somewhere on the page, where it is easy to point out. If the URL is not the same as the original site where you chose your product or service, and the URL you are on is NOT a valid payment processor listed on the site of purchase, then do NOT enter your credit card details.

Some websites do redirect you to another link to charge your credit card, so again, make sure that you are able to spot the logo of the payment processor both on the original webpage, and on the webpage where your credit card info is required. Even though the URLs are different, you know that your credit card information will not be shared.

Also, look for SSL certificates. These are marked with "https," instead of the typical "http," and you will usually see a "lock" icon next to the URL. Hover over it, or click on it to view its details. SSL certificates encrypt the data transferred from your browser, to the server. The standard form of encryption nowadays is 256-bit encryption, though some sites may also use 128-bit.

Here is an example: [Image: 5442a4ec7e4043808b0292aa6de316fb.png?1366949992]
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