How do you know if a website has an SSL certificate?
An SSL certificate is a digital document that identifies a website and encrypts the data that passes between a user’s browser and the site.
If you’re shopping online or sending information on a site that has an SSL certificate, chances are you won’t even notice it happening. But without it, your data could be exposed to hackers and identity thieves.
When you visit a website with an HTTPS address (the secure version of HTTP), the browser shows a green padlock icon in your address bar, indicating that the site is secure, and “https://” appears before the domain name instead of “http://.”
The padlock icon means that there’s an SSL certificate installed on the site’s server. This will allow encrypted communication between your browser and your bank’s website or another secure site where you might be making sensitive transactions.