TLS and SSL in the real world

Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 5:37 PM EST

Happily, a majority of web users now know to look for the lock icon and the HTTPS in the address line to identify when their connection is secure. Unfortunately, relatively few users understand what security guarantees these protocols provide. Fewer still understand the critical importance of digital certificates to secure connections. In a recent phishing attack, the bad guy used a third-party SSL-hosting server to display the lock icon for his fake banking site. Was the connection secure? Sure. Was it safe? Of course not.

At MSDN.

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