COL Financial Website Hacked?!?

Did you try to log in to COL Financial Website and got this error?

Look closely, before you proceed any further.

The image above shows when you log in using the Google Chrome browser.

This is how it looks like when you are accessing COL Financial website on Mozilla’s Firefox browser:

And if you are still using the most popular browser used to install the next two browsers above, the Microsoft’s IE, here’s how it will look like:

Is COL Financial website hacked?

The short answer is no.

However, there could be a danger when a website with 4M monthly visitors like COL Financial website.

According to, there are dangers for expired SSL certificates. There are two (2) affected parties.

  1. The website owner, and
  2. The website user.

Website Owner

  • Reduction in trust as the site becomes insecure
    A decline in sales and revenue with increased shopping basket abandonment
    Corporate brand and reputation adversely affected putting the business at risk

Website User

  • Warning error messages displayed by browsers when visiting the site
  • Personal information at risk from man-in-the-middle attacks
  • Individual susceptible to fraud and identity theft

What To Do If A Current SSL Certificate Expired

For us WordPress site owners, we usually get the SSL Certificates bundled with our hosting services. As for COL Financial website, we don’t know how their website is managed.

The best way is for their webmaster to contact their hosting provider or SSL Certificate vendor, and renew the certificate as soon as possible.

How long does it take to renew an SSL certificate of COL Financial Website?

According to this conversation at, the renewal of SSL certificate can take from 2 to 7 days.

Finally, to answer the question: Is COL Financial website is hacked? The correct answer is no. Their SSL Certificate just expired. And for a big online and popular stock brokerage, they can do it as quickly as possible.

Can you now log in to the site now? If not, kindly share your screenshot in the comments section. If yes, kindly hit that like button.

Update: COL Financial website’s SSL Certificate renewed

Few hours after the website’s error, COL Financial Facebook page posted an update about the error.


UPDATE: Issue has been resolved; to those who weren’t able to log in the last few hours, please try logging in again and let us know if you are still having any problems. Thank you!

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#COLadvisory: Renewed SSL certificates

Please be advised that COL underwent a renewal in SSL policy which may have caused some browsers to Show a “Connection not private” message. Some browsers may fix this access problem by clearing their cache before logging on to our website. We are currently putting in a fix to address other browser access problems.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused, and please rest assured that we are working to resolve this. Thank you for your patience.


It is good to know that COL acted on the issue quite fast. That’s a good sign of good customer service.

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