Jane decided to subscribe to her favourite magazine. She knew only one newsagent that stocked the magazine and they couldn´t organise a subscription for her.
Jane decided to look up the magazine company´s website to see if she could order and pay for a subscription online. She discovered that the company operated from Canada and offered an online ordering service through their Asia-Pacific distributor in Malaysia.
As Jane clicked through the steps to subscribe online, her internet browser told her that she was entering a secure area of the site. After Jane entered her personal details she was redirected to the distributor´s website to enter her payment details.
Jane noticed that a small unlocked padlock icon was showing in the bottom right hand corner of her browser window. Jane knew this meant her browser didn´t recognise the page as secure.
Should Jane enter her payment details anyway?
No. Jane should not enter any personal or payment details into a site that is not secure. Jane decided to call the distributor and make a credit card payment over the phone. Even though the phone call might be expensive, she thought it was better than the chance of having her details stolen or misused.
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Last reviewed 30/11/2011