The INGDirect website uses encryption to protect users who complete banking tasks online, including online applications for an ING savings account. It uses 128-bit SSL, or secure sockets layer, encryption. This prevents any information submitted online from being read in the transfer from the user's computer to the ING website.
When using the website to apply for an ING savings account, online users can verify they are using an encrypted Web page by checking that a padlock appears in the browser window and text turns green. This verifies that any information entered online is encrypted, so that it cannot be read by outside sources.