View Full Version : what changes in browser appearance when in secure mode

05-29-2008, 04:53 PM
Hopefully that says it OK.

I know that when in secure mode in IE, there is a padlock along the bottom somewhere. And in FF the address bar turns yellow as well as showing the padlock.

I want to explain this to my web users so they can be more confident that things are done correctly.

Where can I find out what changes the other browsers show, when connected over an SSL layer.


05-29-2008, 08:04 PM
The easiest method is to say:

If the URL begins https:// instead of http:// then the transmission is secure. This is the same in ALL browsers and explaining this leads to no confusion.


05-29-2008, 08:07 PM
Bazz ...

I would guess that as browser revisions change, so would the indications.

So, here's the best way ...

Tell your clients to double-click that lock icon ... it's an icon, not a picture.
That opens the dialog box with "Identity Verification".
It also has certificate information.

In the near future, things will change again, as security increases with:

05-29-2008, 09:03 PM
great max, I am glad I asked.

I know that a lot of people either aren't aware of the padlock icon or don't know what its significance is. And since that significance is changing, it isn't enough merely to have the padlock.

I shall watch this issue as it unfolds.