For several years now, it has been a widely accepted truth that a green padlock in a website’s URL indicated that the site was secure; however, Krebs on Security reported that “Half of All Phishing Sites Now Have the Padlock.”
Krebs warned, “Maybe you were once advised to ‘look for the padlock’ as a means of telling legitimate e-commerce sites from phishing or malware traps. Unfortunately, this has never been more useless advice. New research indicates that half of all phishing scams are now hosted on Web sites whose Internet address includes the padlock and begins with ‘https://’.”
By Kacy Zurkus
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