How phishing websites are using the ‘padlock’ against us.

2018-12-14T13:58:07+00:00December 17th, 2018|

HTTPS secure phishing websitesThe green padlock at the beginning of a URL  provides you with a clear indication that a  website is safe and which ones are insecure and will put your data at risk.

These padlocks are shown alongside ‘secure’ and appear on HTTPS websites if the website has a TLS/SSL certificate. Secure websites mean that any usernames, passwords or personal/ card details are encrypted and protected as they pass across a connection.

Unfortunately, Cyber Criminals are using this to manipulate and trick users.

How?

49% of all phishing websites are now using TLS/SSL Certificates to make their websites seem legitimate.

By phishing websites using this tactic, it makes identifying them as a scam much more difficult. Without knowing what to look for, you may find yourself a victim of a data breach.

As you now have to report phishing breaches to the ICO, it is even more imperative that your staff are not falling for these phishing attacks.

We recommend you check out our previous blog on how to identify a phishing website and the red flags that will help you to identify a phishing website if you click on a link or website.

Contact us today for more information on how you can prevent a phishing attack from being successful and about training available for your staff

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