September 30, 2020

SSL Certificates No Longer Indication of Safe Browsing: 78 percent of all phishing sites now use SSL protection

The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) has released its [Phishing Activity Trends Report](https://docs.apwg.org/reports/apwg_trends_report_q2_2020.pdf) analyzing phishing attacks and identifying theft techniques reported by its members for Q2 of 2020. The observed emergence of phishing sites using Extended Validation (EV) Certificates in Q2 is a stark reminder that phishers are increasingly turning security features against users. 

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SSL certificates were **never** an indication of safe browsing. They are, and have been, indications of the legal/practical possession of computers and private key material.

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