Identifying Websites Not Certified With SSL

June 5, 2017 | By Comodo SSL

You are accessing your banking website. Suddenly a scary thought pops up in your mind. Is it safe accessing your banking details online? How can you be sure the website is secure and offers protection against various IT security threats? These apprehensions are reasonable and can occur to anyone who wants online safety and privacy. And SSL technology, which stands for Secure Sockets Layer, is the answer which addresses these common Internet users’ queries.

SSL is an encryption technology used by websites to secure the interactions they have with other services or users on the internet. This way they (website using SSL encryption) can protect themselves and the services or users they are interacting with from various security threats like hacking, phishing etc. Technically speaking, they can secure the data being transmitted, the website and the services or users they are interacting with. While websites which don’t use SSL technology are at a high risk of being exposed to security threats. For this reason, Google announced last year, that it would be shaming insecure websites (websites not using SSL technology) in an attempt to secure the web for online users.


So now the question is: How do you recognize the degree of safety a website offers?

Google Chrome alerts you with regards to the safety of the website you are visiting using three security symbols (all visible in the website URL) that you should look out for.

  • Green Padlock Icon: This implies the website is secure. You need not have any concerns with sharing sensitive information on these websites, as they are ‘SSL Encrypted’.
  • White Info Icon: This implies the website is not secure. It could be also interpreted as “questionable or not-so-secure” website. Whatever sensitive information you are sharing with such a website, you are doing at your own risk.
  • Not Secure or Dangerous: Indicated by a red warning sign, this implies you should be avoiding the website altogether. It does not have encryption and therefore all the details you enter are visible to hackers and cyber-criminals. So it is best to avoid such sites.

Sometimes Websites Have a More Secure Version

Some websites do offer HTTPS but this is not available by default. So, how do you find out if a more secure version of a website is available?

  • Select the address bar
  • Delete http://, and enter https://, and click enter
  • If that doesn’t work or nothing on the page changes, contact site owner to ask that they secure the site and your data with HTTPS.

Websites Without SSL Encryption Will Soon Become a Thing of Past

With Google having denounced websites not supporting SSL technology, websites which don’t support this technology will find it hard to survive. And as more and more websites become SSL secure, the web is bound to become a safer place in the future. But unfortunately, there are various phishing websites online labelled as secure, because they’ve found ways to successfully deceive Certificate Authorities (responsible for issuing SSL Certificates) into providing them with the required certificate. This is a serious issue which Certificate Authorities have to sort out soon before things get out of hand.


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