Now we’re fully in shopping mode as we approach the season of goodwill to all men, it’s worth just taking a second look at the website you are just about to trust with your credit card details. It should go without saying that you’ll be looking for the ‘golden padlock’ but we more than most should understand what that means deep down in the depths of the web. Is that SSL certificate the real thing? Does it confer the trust we expect? Can we safely push the submit button?
Our data may be safe in transit – thanks to that SSL encryption – but what happens when it reaches its destination? Is it printed on an order form or processed securely end-to-end? And whether you’re buying goods from an online store or supporting your favourite charity with a donation, it’s important to balance risk with trust. But it’s also worth bearing in mind that establishing trust between two parties across the anonymity of the internet is a problem that infosec has wrestled with for years.