Experts offer online security advice

Experts offer online security advice

The internet, while it has evolved considerably from its less user-friendly origins, can still be a dangerous place. The threat of identity theft is still very much present. Frequent web users, which today is an extremely inclusive group, need to think about their security. CIO magazine recently solicited expert security opinions from professionals in the field. The tips they offer can serve as a guide both to consumers and to web designers seeking to make their sites safe places to visit.

Important safety tactics

Security marketer Shuman Ghosemajumder, speaking with CIO, described the process he uses to make sure websites are safe to log in to. He stated that he takes into account whether he reached the site through his own navigation or a search, and checks that the URL is spelled correctly. He also stated that users should hesitate to log in to a portal that does not use technology such as an SSL certificate to verify its trusted status.

A web developer can take direct actions to change user perception of a webpage. Sites with GeoTrust SSL certificates, for example, sport the padlock icon and 'https' web address that can act as a tip-off that the owner is trustworthy and will use login data responsibly. Among casual users, and especially more savvy users, such decisions can be critical.

Real threats

The number of dangerous websites is at a high. According to Computerworld, there is a great deal of truth to the perception that the current internet environment poses risks. According to the source, the Anti-Phishing Working Group's recent report found more phishing scams active online than ever before. These websites, which present themselves as copies of legitimate web portals but actually steal personal data, are one of the primary risk factors SSL certificate ownership can counter.