Fraud, Scams & Online safety
April 12, 2024

What is SSL?

It is a common term used when discussing cyber safety and it plays an important role to keep your data safe.

You may have heard the term before when somebody discusses the importance of checking it when you browse the Internet.

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer. Think of SSL as a secret code. It helps your information remain safe between your web browser and the website’s server. This is to ensure that your private information such as credit card numbers cannot be seen or exposed to someone else on the internet. The best way to spot it is if you see a padlock symbol in the website address which keeps your info safe. 

How can you check?

Look for HTTPS

Make sure the website’s URL begins with https:// rather than just http://. The ‘S’ stands for secure and indicated that the website is using SSL to protect your data. 

Inspect the SSL certificate 

By clicking the padlock icon next to the website’s URL in your browser’s address bar, it will display the SSL certificate info. Verify whether the certificate is issued to the correct organisation to ensure the name matches the website you’re on. 

Checking its Validity

Browsers such as Chrome and Safari would add a notification page before you enter a website that has an expired certificate. It could be an indication that the website has not been properly maintained and compromised security. Take the warnings seriously and avoid entering any sensitive information. 

Use Trusted Browsers and Tools

Well-known and updated web browsers are known for a reason. They often have built in security features to help detect suspicious websites and invalid SSL certificates. Online tools or browser extensions 

Get Police Assistance

For all emergencies and immediate Police assistance
Call: 000
To report non-urgent crimes or events 24 hours a day
Call: 131 444
To report information about a crime contact Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000

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