Why Should I Look for SSL or PAD Lock in the Web Address ?
This article covers the importance of SSL when visiting websites.
Most web application that contain a login form (or ask for any other sensitive information) should connect using the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
If the URL begins with https:// then the site is using SSL. If the URL begins with just http:// then it's not.
- Examine the page's URL to verify a site is using SSL.
- If the site is not using SSL, you should not submit any login or sensitive information until you confirm the site with your IT staff.
If your browser gives you any SSL-related warnings after you click on a link in an email, DO NOT CONTINUE and DO NOT ENTER any sensitive information into the site! This is often a sure sign something is wrong.
The site with SSL will have a pad lock as indicated below.
Please note each browser will vary in styles for indicating the SSL usage in a website.