Use HTTPS, Not HTTP
Kaspersky Lab researcher Stefan Tanase urges users to make sure they are browsing through a secure connection when visiting a bank website, online retailer or social network. Another way to boost your security and avoid giving up information to cybercriminals is to check the SSL certificate of the website you log into, Tanase said.
Modern browsers, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, also will verify the legitimacy of a website and display a lock and green color in the website address bar to provide validation that the site is using SSL and is legitimate. Clicking on the lock icon will provide additional information, including cookies and certificate information that show how it verified encryption and certificate validation.