Criminals are exploiting this belief and branding fraudulent sites with the green padlock icon.
What is the green padlock icon?
The green padlock represents that the data exchanged with the website in question is encrypted.
What is happening?
With criminals looking for new ways to convince victims to click on phishing links, the use of the green padlock icon has shot up.
The availability of free certificate services has made this quite easy, especially during the holiday season when scams are on the high along with sales and promotional emails.
“The bad actors are getting these phishing domains and registering them. Then they are standing up phishing sites on those domains that are essentially clones of the various e-commerce sites to fool the end user into believing they're on a legitimate e-commerce site,” say security experts.
How you can stay safe
Companies and individuals must do their part to stay protected from this type of fraud.