With the increasing number of e-commerce sites, online frauds are also on the rise. Unsafe websites are a common method used by fraudsters to lure vulnerable customers and get their information.
If the address bar is visible, the URL should start with 'https://' ('s' for secured) rather than the usual 'http://' and there should be a padlock in the address bar. If these are missing, it means your personal data is not being encrypted prior to transmission; it could be stolen by other parties.
If the address bar is not visible as in our Internet Banking website, look for a lock icon on the browser's status bar. You can check the level of encryption, expressed in bits, by hovering over the icon with your cursor.