This online scanning program lets you check the security certificates and protocols on *any* website.
There are things you can do to make sure your information doesn't fall into the wrong hands.
Since many of us pay bills online, 2 Wants to Know wants you to know about this site. It's SSLlabs.com. It's an online scanning program that lets you check the security certificates and protocols on any website.
You just copy and paste the website address in the window and click submit. The process takes about a minute, but the site is checking for outdated security protocols that could put your personal information at risk.
We checked several city and state government websites. Sites where you'd have to put in your personal information, from name and birth date, to account information, to even social security numbers!
First we checked the city of Greensboro's bill pay page, where you put in your account number and address. The site's security earned a C.
Then we checked the city of High Point's Bill payment site. Users enter their account number, email, and phone number. High Point's site earned a B.
So did the state DMV site. Specifically, we checked the page where you request a duplicate license. You're required to enter your license number, social security number, and birth date. Again, the site got a B.
The lone site earning an A for security that we checked was Guilford County's tax payment website. Their security protocols earned an A minus.
One site we checked earned an F. That was Forsyth County's government website. We checked the property tax search and marriage license application pages. Both earned Fs. We'll be following up with the county to see if they have plans to upgrade their server's security. We'll let you know what happens.
It is important to note: that it's possible for some of the pages to lack protocols. But when our sister station KTVB tested the same site, they found once you get to the actual payment screens -- through outside vendors -- those sites got good marks.