Tag Archives: visual indicators

Firefox’s Lock Icon is Back

September 4, 2012 by Bruce Morton     No Comments

I’m a little late with this blog item. Maybe it was because it was a great summer or maybe it’s because I don’t use Firefox or maybe it’s because … Firefox 14.0 released in June 2012 and the SSL lock symbol is back. I wrote a blog last year where the beta of Firefox 4.0 [Read More...]

Filed Under: Secure Browsing, SSL Tagged With: FirefoxFirefox, SSL, visual indicators

Beware of Japan Aid Scams

March 17, 2011 by Bruce Morton     No Comments

Security advisors such as the United States Computer Readiness Team (US-CERT) and the SANS Institute are warning people to watch out for online scams related to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief effort. US-CERT encourages users to take the following measures to protect themselves: Do not follow unsolicited web links or attachments in email messages [Read More...]

SSL is about assurance

January 30, 2011 by Bruce Morton     No Comments

Troy Hunt, in his article “SSL is not about encryption,” says that SSL is about assurance and “establishing a degree of trust in a site’s legitimacy.” I have mixed feelings about the title, but agree with the points that Hunt makes. Here are some highlights: Users assume that high-profile sites (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox) provide [Read More...]

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Increasingly Inconsistent Browser Security User Interfaces

January 20, 2011 by Bruce Morton     No Comments

I recently posted about Mozilla’s plan to remove the padlock icon from the Firefox user interface. Here is a complementary post from Steve Schultze of Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy, Web Browser Security User Interfaces: Hard to Get Right and Increasingly Inconsistent. Schultze discusses how the mainstream desktop browsers are becoming less and less consistent. [Read More...]

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Mozilla to remove iconic Lock Icon

January 4, 2011 by Bruce Morton     No Comments

Although not released yet, the latest betas of Firefox 4.0 indicate that Mozilla has removed the https lock icon from the browser. Different forms of the lock icon have been used since the earliest commercial releases of Netscape and Internet Explorer browsers. The lock icon is currently used in all major desktop browsers:  IE, Firefox, [Read More...]

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Cyber Monday

November 28, 2010 by Bruce Morton     No Comments

Monday, 29 November 2010 is Cyber Monday. What is Cyber Monday you might ask? Personally I had to get my terms straight between Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Black Monday. Here’s a short refresher: Black Friday is the Friday after the US Thanksgiving holiday when the Christmas holiday shopping season unofficially kicks off. It’s called [Read More...]

Filed Under: EV SSL, Secure Browsing, SSL Tagged With: Firesheep, HTTPS, SSL

Site Seals: Reasons to use them. Reasons not to.

January 17, 2010 by Steve Duncan     No Comments

Is it worthwhile displaying a site seal on a site to reinforce consumer security? Three reasons why it’s a good idea. And three reasons why it isn’t.

Filed Under: SSL Deployment Tagged With: SSL, visual indicators