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Feature article from the November, 2002 Cyberspace News


How Safe Is Your Credit Card Info?

  Think Microsoft Internet Explorer is completely safe? Researchers have found a serious flaw in Explorer.  It does not check the validity of digital certificates.

   When you connect with a secure server at an online store, your computer re-quests that the server identify itself. The server does this by sending a digital certificate to your computer.  If a fake website sends a counterfeit certificate and your browser doesn’t check to make sure it’s a valid certificate, you could wind up sending your data to the fake site. That site could then decrypt the informa-tion and use your credit card for fraudulent purposes.

   So what can you do?  Make certain you know who you’re giving your credit card information to.  For example, if you’re looking for amazon.com, make very sure you’re on that site (as opposed to accidentally typing in, say, amaz-zon.com) before you give out your credit card info.

   Also, visit the following website periodically to check for critical patches:  http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com (note: there is no www necessary in this address).  

Source:  www.komando.com

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