Does The Green Lock STILL Ensure Your Data Is Safe?

The green lock icon USED to be a sign of security, but recent reports show that many hackers are now using free security certificate services to add this little icon to fake sites, allowing them to take advantage of users. With more internet sites migrating to HTTPS, it's becoming harder and harder to tell when a website is safe or not. 49 % of phishing sites now use HTTPSWhich sounds like a crazy statistic, but did you know that nearly 80% of internet users don't know what the green padlock means? This is largely due to the lack of standardizations between web browsers and how they show when a page is secure. 

How can you stay safe when shopping on the internet and determine whether or not a site is the real deal?

Here's two quick tips:

  1. DON'T click on links in sketchy promotional emails. Go to the site and search for what you're looking for.
  2. If you use a password manager and it DOESN'T autofill for you, it's a good indication that it's not the real site you've been to before.