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Phishing Sites Using Lock Symbol to Prove Legitimacy
When accessing a website, the green padlock on the left corner indicates that the connection between the website and user is secure. Security experts have all been recommending that users only access websites where there is a site identity button or a padlock appearing in the address bar. A padlock and https:// shows up in the web address when the website is using secure sockets layer or SSL; signifying the traffic being passed through is encrypted. A green or gray lock represents that the site is secure. Whereas, a gray circle with an ‘i’ means ‘not secure’ and a red triangle with an ‘!’ means that the site is dangerous. These symbols have been used and recommended for users for several years. However, recent research by PhishLabs says that the once recommended symbol used to determine the reputability of a site is no longer genuine.
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