global-lock-300pxHello, well it is (kind of) Midweek again! And this week we take a look at the poll results all about how to see if a website is secure or not.
What does a secure website actually mean

Generally we refer to a website as secure when it encrypts the data sent between the end user (you) and the server (where the website physically is)

How do I know if I am on a secure website?*

Typically this is not as easy as it sounds… but with this one rule of thumb you will know for sure* if a website is secure or not… I also share with you the opposite rule of thumb so you know when to be a bit more cautious…

Update January 2017: Google Chrome has changed how this looks, read more here.

  • Secure
    Next time you are on a website (like this one!) check the address bar in your web browser…
    Secure Rule of Thumb: “If the address bar has a green padlock then it is secure”
    Some examples of an address bar showing a secure connection:
    first direct secure
  • Not secure:
    Not-secure Rule of Thumb
    : “If the address bar does not have a green padlock then it is not secure”
    Some examples of an address bar showing an non-secure connection:
    not secure
    (even though some says ‘https’, because they have errors they are not counted as secure)Remember, no matter what the website content says if there is no green padlock in the address bar, then it is not a secure connection. Some websites (like our Helpful Books site) send people to a secure site when we ask for payment details, so watch out for the address bar changing as you move around a site… more on this below…

The Future…

Update January 2017: Google Chrome has changed how this looks, read more here.

Google has decided that from the end of this year (2016) it’s Chrome browser will start showing websites not sent over a secure connection with a warning which will look like this:

one not secure (red X with a line through https, making it clear it is not secure)

(at time of writing, very much subject to change by Google / Chrome)

…What about The Inner Circle Website Mike?

Good question, glad you asked. Sadly we are still not at a place where we can just flick a switch and turn on a secure connection. However with the work from the Lets Encrypt group (Google and other technology companies) this is almost the case. By the end of this year we will be serving your questions here on the IC over a secure connection! (Also our sister site you may have heard of… will get the upgrade)

Got any question? Leave a comment…
Happy almost weekend
Mike =)
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* All screen shots taken from Google Chrome on Windows 10, other browsers / devices have different views, however they still show a green padlock when secure. If in doubt give the company a ring and  ask a friend / leave a message on the IC and ask us and we will do what we can to verify if a website are who they say they are…