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For Safe Online Shopping, Look for the Lock Icon

When shopping online this holiday season, remember it’s important to be smart and make transactions only through secure sites. If the site is not secure, you may put yourself at risk for fraud or identity theft.


Before submitting debit/credit card numbers or other sensitive information on a shopping site, take pause and look for a small lock icon ( Lock Icon ) in your browser window. For most browsers, the lock will appear in front or at the end of the web address box. Sometimes it appears at the bottom corner of the screen. The lock indicates you are using a secure, encrypted connection, known as Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS). Another indicator is the presence of https:// in front of the web site address.


To learn more about this topic, see the Online Shopping section of the Stay Safe Online web site.


If you have any questions, please contact the Help Desk through the TUhelp web site at or call 215-204-8000.

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