How do I know's shopping is secure?

Secure sites such as use encryption technology to transfer information from your computer to the online merchant's computer. Encryption scrambles the information you send, such as your credit card number, in order to prevent computer hackers from obtaining it en route. The only people who can unscramble the code are those with legitimate access privileges. Here's how you can tell when you are dealing with a secure site:

  • If you look at the top of your screen where the website address is displayed (the "address bar"), you should see https://. The "s" that is displayed after "http" indicates that website is secure. On many sites, including, you may not see the "s" until you actually move to the order page on the website.
  • Another way to determine if a website is secure is to look for a closed padlock displayed on the address bar of your screen. If that lock is open, you should assume it is not a secure site.