KrebsonSecurity.com and PhishLabs 49% of all phishing sites used the little green lock next to the URL. That’s an issue, since apparently also 80% of users seem to believe that the green lock indicates a website is either legitimate and/or safe.
It took KrebsonSecurity.com only a couple minutes of browsing on phishtank.com to find sites using SSL that were nothing other than phishing pages. Bibox.com’s fake little copycat page, is one of the unearthed examples.
In the end that means only one thing: you need to be always careful when shopping online. Do not trust blindly in the little green lock – it will tell you if a website uses SSL but not if it is a scamming website. Check the URL’s to make sure you are really on the site you were looking for and only shop on trusted websites.
Take a look at our best practices and further tips when it comes to online shopping.