There was a time when that little padlock icon meant something.
Sadly, it would appear those days are now behind us. According to a recent article by security guru Brian Krebs, the number of phishing sites that appear to be “secure” is almost half!
A padlock or “secure” flag does indicate the traffic between you and a site are secure. But it does not mean that site is legitimate!
For years we’ve heard look for the padlock, and many of us have taken it to heart. Unfortunately we all need to be more vigilant, especially this time of year. Examine the address and make sure the URL is correct. Scammers love to use international domains to register common trade names. So paypal.com becomes paypal.co. And a new protocol for international language support even allows lookalike characters to spoof the unsuspecting!