Using Digital Certificates to Identify Web Site Owners and Protect Against Phishing

Contributed by Edwin Aldridge

Phishing exploits the ordinary Internet user’s inability to be sure that a web site which they have been induced to visit is actually operated by the company or organization whose name appears on screen.

is deployed and used daily by every popular browser. Digital certificates can provide browsers with a reliable source of information about site owners which users can access via the padlock icon, although the information is not as useful as it might be and the padlock display is unintelligible.

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