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Understanding how to recognize an SSL (Secure Socket Layer) certificate on a website is vital for ensuring your online safety.
Always check the URL:
– An SSL-secured website will begin with “https://”, which signifies that data exchanged between your browser and the website’s server will be encrypted.
– A secure website will typically display a padlock icon in front of the browser’s address bar, indicating that the connection is secure.
– Some SSL certificates may also show the issuing authority’s trust mark.
Inspect the Certificate details:
– When clicking on the padlock icon or trust mark, you can access the SSL certificate’s details.
– The information will indicate the encryption type, certificate validity, and the company it is issued to.
Extended Validation (EV) Certificates:
– If the website holds an Extended Validation (EV) Certificate, the URL address bar will turn green. This highly visible indicator provides users with immediate assurance of the most secure level and is more common in the finance sector, banking and large e-commerce organizations.