How to Turn on SSL

By Nina Nixon

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.

Step 1

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

Step 2

Click "Tools" and choose "Internet Options."

Step 3

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

Step 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.)

Step 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.)

Step 6

Click "Apply" and choose "OK."

Step 7

Close out of Internet Explorer and restart it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Now that you have turned on SSL, don't forget to use it. Before you enter financial or personal information on a banking or other e-commerce website, look for a symbol of a locked key in the Security Status bar to the right in the browser's Address bar. The Address bar should also be green.
  • Beware of phishing sites as they could be disguised as trustworthy. When in doubt, just point your mouse's cursor to the locked key symbol in the browser Address bar. This allows you to view more information about the company.