The Internet has brought people together, driven innovation and ushered in personal and financial conveniences unimagined even a decade ago. Unfortunately, it’s also brought us email phishing schemes, identity and credit card theft as well as other Internet scams.
As we developed the new Retirement Online, we knew that we had to balance the ease and convenience of the tools we’d be offering with strong, cutting-edge security measures to protect the personal information of our members and retirees.
A Secure Connection
Retirement Online uses a leading encryption technology to ensure all your interactions with the site are private. We ask members and retirees to create a user ID and password to sign in. Once you do, any information you enter is hidden from anyone else on the Web.
You can see for yourself that your connection to Retirement Online is secure. When you visit a website, your computer and the site’s server send a variety of information back and forth. If that exchange is secured by SSL or another encryption technology, and you’re using a major browser (such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Google Chrome), you’ll see:
- “Https” at the beginning of the web address instead of “http.” The “s” stands for secure.
- A closed padlock icon in the address bar.
If you’re concerned about online security and privacy, look for these signs of a secure connection on any website you visit.