HSBC has reassured business customers that a message on its internet banking site is not a security risk after an SSL certificate on a US server expired.
UK business bankers visiting the online banking suite were greeted by a message, which caused concern.
It said: "www.ukbusiness.com is a site that uses a security certificate to encrypt data during transmission, but its certificate expired on 04/03/2008 23:59."
It then asked if customers would like to continue anyway?
But HSBC has reassured customers that there was no security risk for them. A spokesman said the SSL certificate was used only to protect the security message that the bank has on its website. "The certificate is not managing any data encryption or security it just allows the [standard] security message to be displayed and allows us to change this message if we need to."
"It should have been replaced but was not and customers were getting the message," he said.