Secure website indication

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Alan

17 Jun, 2012 05:04 PM

Hi
Can you tell me how I know whether or not I am visiting a secure website?
In Firefox and other browsers I know by seeing the lock symbol in the bottom right corner but I can't see any indicator in 10.4Fox.
Am I just missing it or does it not appear in this version.
G4 1.25Dual OS10.5.8 10.4Fox 10.05 7450
Thanks

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 17 Jun, 2012 05:23 PM

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    In TenFourFox 10.0.x, there are two ways a secure site is indicated.

    First, an https:// appears in the address bar.

    Second, to the left of the address, you will either see a blue block with the name of the host for regular SSL encrypted communications, or a green block with the name of the company, if the certificate has special "extended validation" to prove the holder's identity. Both types of certificate use encryption, but the latter is even more secure in that it gives additional assurance you are connected to the site you think you are.

    Compare the difference between these sites:

    http://www.floodgap.com/ (not encrypted)
    https://www.google.com/ (encrypted with a regular SSL certificate)
    https://www.paypal.com/ (encrypted with an SSL-EV certificate)

    In the next major release of TenFourFox (expected 16.0 or 17.0), you will see some additional changes.

    Please let me know if this does not answer your question.

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 17 Jun, 2012 05:24 PM

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    (I should mention this is the same as regular Firefox 10 ESR.)

  3. 3 Posted by Alan on 17 Jun, 2012 07:44 PM

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    Thank you for your help.
    That does make things much clearer.
    Am I right in what I said about the lock symbol in other browser versions or is this just on certain websites rather than a browser indicator?

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by Cameron Kaiser on 18 Jun, 2012 12:49 AM

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    Yes, the lock symbol was formerly used in Firefox 3.x. Mozilla dropped this indicator when they dropped the status bar in Firefox 4.

  5. Cameron Kaiser closed this discussion on 19 Jun, 2012 01:27 PM.

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