Is this site secure

Posted on 2012-09-11
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Last Modified: 2012-09-11
I am using Google Chrome as a browser.

I was planning to make a purchase at a website.  At the bottom it says C-O-M-O-D-O Authentic Site, but when you go to the payment info page, it shows as


No "https"

If instead of entering a credit card online, I select the option to print out a hard copy purchase form.... the URL shows a https:// in front of the www.

Not sure how comodo works.  Is the credit card page of this site secured properly?  If not, I do not want to provide credit card info.

Question by:Tomster2

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rsimsee earned 400 total points
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If it's secure, Chrome should display a green padlock on left of the address bar.
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by:Dave Baldwin
Dave Baldwin earned 400 total points
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Look to see if the form submits to an 'https' page.  While most payment form pages are served as 'https' just to keep people from asking this question, it is actually the form submission that needs the encryption to keep others from intercepting your info.
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marine7275 earned 400 total points
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Normally if the site displays the Comodo Seal you should be good, but it is good practice to assume that if the site is not using ssl, do not key anything into it. I would call the company and double check and see what they say.
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sfmny earned 400 total points
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Hi There,

There could be a "page" (see frames and div in HTML) which is secure within the overall page.  The form that needs to be submitted and the form itself should be secure. You can check that out by viewing source -> search for https to see if the form is indeed secure. Let me know if that makes sense.
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COBOLdinosaur earned 400 total points
ID: 38388722
Well the developer of the page is an idiot.  Any page accepting payments that gives a users any cause for concern is is defective from a usability standpoint.

As to the actual question.  If you are not 100% comfortable that you are protected in what you are doing, then don't submit sensitive information.


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ID: 38389027
Thank you for the replies... the green padlock only appears on the page for the hard copy order form... not the credit card info page :-(

Searching the source code for the page to find "https" was unsuccessful

As mentioned originally the hard copy order form page showed all of these... but the credit card page did not.

Thank you very much for your prompt feedback... I learned something.  We are notifying the owners of the webpage as well so it can be fixed.



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