Browser Security Information

Each browser has it's own way of displaying to the user, the level of security that the current page employs.

This page is designed to help you locate the various browser security methods employed to ensure your online safety.

Internet Explorer

Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 employs an address bar lock icon to alert the user to the current page's security status.  Like so:

Also, pages with extended validation (EV) color the address bar in green, pages in which SSL validation fails are colored red (usually accompanied by a full-page warning prior).

Mozilla Firefox 3.x

Mozilla Firefox takes a similar approach to user notification with an address bar-level icon that changes color on security states.  Blue means secure (non-EV) page, red means failed and green means secure (EV).

They usually look something like this (can vary, based on theme):

Apple Safari 3.x

Apple's Safari has a less obvious place for security notifications.  In all versions of Safari, it is located in the upper, right-hand corner of the browser window.  It has only one state: locked.  If you do not see a lock in the upper-right corner of the window, and you're sure you're on a secure site, then there is likely some issue with the page, and you should continue with caution.

The security symbol looks like this:

Opera 9.x

Opera uses a similar address bar level security that Firefox and MSIE employ.  There is a lock icon followed by the domain that the certificate covers.  It looks like this:

Google Chrome 0.3.x

Google's Chrome is a relatively new browser that has some fairly interesting features.  It, too, employs an address bar notification with a simple padlock and colors the address bar a pale yellow.  It looks like this:

We hope this helps you ensure that your browsing remains secure while browsing our website, using this guide, you should be able to identify the various ways that your browser informs you of your level of security while on a site.