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SB058 Checks websites for signs of deception

Websites can be malicious. Checking for malicious characteristics, such as irregularities in the URL, decreases the risk of interacting with a malicious site. The padlock visible in the browser's address bar does not indicate a website is safe. It indicates that the data on the page is encrypted. However, data can still be viewed by those who own the website. If a website is owned or operated by a criminal, it’s unsafe whether it displays a padlock or not.

Why is it important?

Padlocks only indicate that communication to the website is encrypted. Websites controlled by criminals can be harmful whether they have a padlock or not.

Checking for other characteristics which indicates if a website is secure can help prevent data breaches.

Priority Tier

Behaviours in SebDB are ranked by their impact on risk. Tier 1 behaviours have the biggest impact, Tier 4 behaviours the least.

Tier 3

Risk Mitigated

Malware Infection

Malware Infection

Malware infections occur when malicious software makes its way on to a device or network.

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