Test a Website’s Security

By on Nov 12, 2015

We all access a variety of websites every day to do our banking, interact with friends on various social platforms, and to buy various products. You also access multiple insurance company websites.

Have you ever wondered how secure the site you are using is? There is an easy way to find out.

SSL Labs is a collection of documents, tools, and thoughts related to SSL (Secure Socket Layer) security. The site was created to help any Internet user better understand how well SSL is deployed on a website.

SSL Labs is a non-commercial research effort, and they welcome participation from any individual and organization interested in SSL.

To test a website’s security, follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest
  2. Type the website address (the domain name) into the box.
  3. Some sites you might want to include are your bank, an insurance company, your brokerage account, or Facebook.
  4. Put a check in the little box that is under the testing box: “Do not show the results on the boards.” This will prevent the site’s information from showing up publicly.
  5. Click SUBMIT.

SSL Labs

It might take a couple of minutes to complete the full test. Once completed, the site will receive an overall grade along with a detailed report. While the detailed report likely will have much more information than you need, the grade is a quick indicator on that particular website’s security.

 

BOA grade from SSL Labs

 

A secure website is the first line of defense to protecting you online. Avoid using sites that don’t have the best security – especially for any sensitive transactions.

What steps do you take to protect your online identity? Let me know in the comment section below.

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