HTTPS_iconYou might have noticed the little green “secured” padlock to the left of the URL. Then again maybe you didn’t. Perhaps you should be looking out for it. Here’s why.

If you are uploading financial information or personal contact information it is a good idea to look for the lock and the https:// prefix to the URL. It provide a comfort level that your data is secure. OCUF secured our site as we respect your privacy and want to make your dealing with us are as secure as we¬† can make them. You would be wise to NEVER provide credit card information to any site that doesn’t have the little green lock showing.

Here is a an explanation from Wikipedia:

HTTPS is a protocol for secure communication over a computer network which is widely used on the Internet. HTTPS consists of communication over Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) within a connection encrypted by Transport Layer Security or its predecessor, Secure Sockets Layer. The main motivation for HTTPS is authentication of the visited website and protection of the privacy and integrity of the exchanged data.

Historically, HTTPS connections were primarily used for payment transactions on the World Wide Web, e-mail and for sensitive Comodo-Secure-Site-Sealtransactions in corporate information systems. In the late 2000s and early 2010s, HTTPS began to see widespread use for protecting page authenticity on all types of websites, securing accounts and keeping user communications, identity and web browsing private.

OCUF chose to obtain our security certificate from Comodo, a leading Internet Security Provider.