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Secure Internet is Everywhere. Just Add an ‘S’

Secure sites are out there, but you may have to manually alter the URL to find them. By adding a “s” to the URL after “http,” you can force the browser to connect using a secure, encrypted protocol.

Some sites surprisingly don’t force secure socket layer connections when transferring login information or accessing potentially private information. It leaves users vulnerable for security breaches, particularly over public internet or wireless connections.

If it is a trustworthy site, chances are it will support the protocol. Some examples of sites where you can force a secure login:

GMail: https://mail.google.com

Google Docs: https://docs.google.com/

Google Calendar: https://www.google.com/calendar

Twitter: https://twitter.com/home

FriendFeed: https://friendfeed.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/home.php

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/home

Pandora: https://www.pandora.com

Connecting to these websites securely every time requires a simple update of your bookmarks.

The sites above are just a taste. Most Google sites can be forced to connect securely using https. Other sites will have your back for you. Yahoo and Microsoft, for example, will automatically force a secure connection to Yahoo Mail, Hotmail or Flickr logins.

Then, there are the sites that force you to log in without a secure connection, like Digg and MySpace. Best not to enter any password you care about into these services. There is no easy way to tell if someone is sniffing your traffic from the same access point. Truth is, any dedicated hacker can do it easily.

[Hat tip to security blogger Jason Sylvester]

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