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Invalid Website Certificates

Valid website certificates are used as a proof of identity for the web server, as well as securing the connection between your web browser and a website. A secure connection will encrypt all of the information being exchanged between you and the web server. However, if a certificate is invalid, then this information may be at risk. Most web browsers will display a warning of accepting the invalid certificate. 

How do I know if it's an invalid website certificate?

Most web browsers will indicate if the certificate is not valid. Depending on the web browser, it may show this information differently. Here are some examples that some browsers will show you if the certificate is invalid:

Don't accept any of these!

Firefox

Invalid Firefox Certificate

Google Chrome

Invalid Chrome Certificate

Internet Explorer

Invalid Internet Explorer

Safari

Invalid Safari Certificate

 

How do I know if it's a valid website certificate?

Web browsers will show a secure connection usually by displaying a padlock. Here are some examples that some browsers will show you if the certificate is valid:

Firefox

Google Chrome

Internet Explorer

Safari

Remember: valid certificates will secure your data, don't accept invalid certificates!

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