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6927Re: [hreg] New file uploaded to hreg

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  • lkhilts
    Oct 22, 2007
      When you send information to the website, it is encrypted at your computer and decrypted at the website. Under normal circumstances, the information cannot be read or tampered with while it is being sent, but it's possible that someone might find a way to crack the encryption.
      Even if the connection between your computer and the website is encrypted, it does not guarantee that the website is trustworthy. Your privacy can still be compromised by way the website uses or distributes your information. In other words, don't give out personal info. on publicly viewed websites. There are a few ways to check the security features of a site. One way is of course, the padlock in the address bar. Mouse over it. If it doesn't verify the site you're on, don't go any further. Another method which I seldom see mentioned is the "s" added to the protocol name (also called the address ) when entering info. on a secure site. If the "s" doesn't pop up next to the protocol such that 'http'      becomes 'https', then your info. is not secure.
      Ariel, here's some more  info. that might help, but understand that nothing is completely secure.
       
      A website might not be trustworthy if:
      • The site is referred to you through an e-mail message from someone you don't know.
      • The site offers objectionable content, such as pornography or illegal materials.
      • The site makes offers that seem too good to be true, indicating a possible scam or the sale of illegal or stolen products.
      • You are lured to the site by a bait and switch scheme, in which the product or service is not what you were expecting.
      • You are asked for a credit card as a verification of identity or for personal information that does not seem necessary.
      • You are asked to provide a credit card number without proof that the transaction is secure. (as in the protocol mentioned above)
      • Finally, if you don't receive a receipt or confirmation of a transaction imediately, consider yourself scammed and contact your credit card co to block or deny all charges as of a specific time and date.
      Most of this you probably already knew. Best advice is to watch for anything you don't recognize and don't respond to emails that begin with vague references to a recent transaction such as ebay or amazon.  Hope this helps. lisa h.
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