What Does That Little Padlock Really Mean?
That little padlock in our browser bar–we’ve all seen it while shopping online and have been warned by our banks to look for it. But what does that little padlock really mean? Most people will tell you it means the website is “secure”. But what does that mean? Secure?
That little padlock indicates the presence of an SSL Certificate. Other ways this may be indicated are the change from http:// to https:// or a green browser bar. An SSL Certificate serves two purposes:
- Validate the authenticity of a website
- Encrypt data as it flows to and from your website