How Do I Know That a Site Has a Valid SSL Certificate?
1. A standard website without SSL security displays “http:// ” before the website address in the browser
address bar. This moniker stands for “Hypertext Transfer Protocol,” and is the conventional way to
transmit information over the Internet.
However, a website that is secured with a SSL certificate will display “https:// ” before the address. This stands for “Secure HTTP.”
2. You will also see a padlock symbol on the top or bottom of the Internet browser (depending on which browser you are using)
3. Often, you will also notice a trust mark displayed on the website itself. Symantec™ customers use the
Norton Secured Seal trust mark on their websites. When you click on the Norton Secured Seal or the padlock symbol on the page, it will display details of the certificate with all the company information as verified and authenticated by the CA.
4. By clicking the closed padlock in the browser window, or certain SSL trust marks such as the Norton
Secured Seal, the website visitor sees the authenticated organization name. In high-security browsers, the authenticated organzation name is prominently displayed and the address bar turns green when an Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate is detected. If the information does not match, or the certificate has expired, the browser displays an error message or warning.
Where Would I Use an SSL Certificate?
The short answer to this question is that you would use an SSL certificate anywhere that you wish to transmit
Here are some examples: