What you don’t know can hurt you when it comes to ignoring Secure Sockets Layer. When you enter privileged information to complete banking transactions or purchase an item online, you do it in faith. Major banks and e-commerce retailers benefit from owning EV (Extended Validation) SSL certificates, as it encourages consumer trust. With SSL turned on, if a company’s website requires your confidential, financial information, see its true colors right before you oblige.

1. Click “Start” and choose “Internet Explorer.” (Note: In Windows Vista and Windows 7, “Start” is represented by a Windows icon circular button.)

2. Click “Tools” and choose “Internet Options.”

3. Click “Advanced,” and then check all boxes that begin with “Use SSL,” located under the Security section in the Settings list box.

4. Check “Use TLS 1.0.” (Note: Always look for the highest Transport Level Security number if more than one option is available. TLS is required for server authentication during network connection attempts.)

5. Check “Warn about certificate address mismatch*.” (Note: The asterisk beside this setting means that you must restart Internet Explorer before the action takes effect.)

6. Click “Apply” and choose “OK.” Close out of Internet Explorer and restart it.

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