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Keeping your information safe online

Jon Stubbington Artist Illustrator Blog Journal

Update: My Recycled Words website has migrated to the new address www.jonstubbington.com. Please be reassured that all of the information below applies equally to www.jonstubbington.com


There are many things to think about when setting up a new business, from the large to the small, from the really important to the nice-to-haves. But there is one thing that I rate extremely highly on the “is it important” scale: the security of your information.

Whether it is signing up for my newsletter (which you can do, quickly and easily, using the box at the side of this page), or using my (soon to be created) online shop, I want to make sure you have confidence that your information is safe. So read on for some of the security features you should look out for when online.

How do I know if a website is secure?

Look out for the padlock icon in your internet browser, next to the website address. If you see a padlock, that’s a good sign.

What does the padlock symbol mean?

In the case of Recycled Words, it means that I have an SSL security certificate for my website. Any information entered into this site is encrypted when it is transferred across the internet.

What is SSL and do I need to worry about it?

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer and it is all about ensuring that information that is sent across the internet (such as when you send me your email address when signing-up for my mailing list) is kept safe and cannot be intercepted by other people. As a user of this site – or any website – you don’t really need to know anything about SSL or what it means. But I know you do care about the security of your information, so you should keep an eye on the top of your browser to see if that padlock appears.

I don’t pretend to be an IT expert, but I have made sure that I understand enough to ensure that I am putting the correct controls in place to protect your information. If you want to know more about the nuts and bolts of SSL then you can read more about it on Wikipedia (or pop it into Google).

Will all websites have a padlock symbol?

No, and they probably don’t all need one. If you aren’t entering any information into the website then there is less to worry about with regards to the safety of your personal information.

Think about what you’re using that website for and look for the padlock symbol when you want reassurance that a site takes your security seriously.

What is the difference between http and https?

Another thing that I have changed on Recycled Words recently is to update the address you see in your browser from http:// to https://. That extra “s” is another indication that I have put that extra SSL security in place.

Like the padlock, it’s another thing to look out for when using a website. If you don’t see it, then think carefully about what information you want to enter into that site.

Is that everything?

Online security is about so much more than just the security of your information as it travels around the internet. So, these SSL certificates are important but they are just part of the picture. If there is anything else you would like to know about how your information is kept safe then please leave a comment, or get in touch, and I will do my best to answer any questions you may have.

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