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Why Should I Look for SSL in the Web Address?

This article covers the importance of SSL when visiting websites.

SSL - More Than Just Encryption

SSL - More Than Just Encryption

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.

Need More Help?

To learn more about phishing, view the chapter on Spear Phishing.

Contact the IT Help Desk at helpdesk@fullerton.edu or 657-278-7777 for additional assistance.

For more resources, view the Spear Phishing Help & Resources article.