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if a site is not https but has the secure site message, can it be trusted

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I was told because of the site we use at our church,  we've embedded our payment solution inside the site. So when you click on a specific donation and you're ready to submit a payment you'll see this:"Your private information is secured using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), the leading security protocol on the Internet. Information is encrypted and exchanged with an https server." I was told it was secure.  I ONLY use https sites because I know it's as secure as you can get (none 100%), and I like that I can visibly tell.  I won't use the http site even though it has the secure message. When I was told this, I thought I'd do my own checking. How true is this? Can I really be as confident of it being a secure site, as I am with the https and the lock icon?  Thank you.

asked May 22, 2015 in SSL Certificates by G. Tilghman
    

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Unfortunately, without the displayed URL in the address bar, there is no way to be certain that the website is secure. I would use the form with extreme caution and urge the webmaster to update the website so that the protection is evident.  Many customers won't tell you that the website makes them feel unseasy, they simply will avoid making purchases (or donations) there.
answered Jun 2, 2015 by administrator (2,860 points)

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