Q: What trust indicators are available in the Internet Explorer interface to show that a website's SSL certificate is trustworthy? Is there an easy way to differentiate between websites using an Extended Validation SSL certificate and websites using a standard SSL certificate?
A: Internet Explorer (IE) uses several visible trust indicators to show that a website's SSL certificate is trustworthy. For example, here's a summary of the SSL trust indicators that are used in Internet Explorer 8:
When a standard SSL certificate is used (as Figure 1 shows for the Google website), IE uses the following trust indicators:
- The standard http is changed to https in the IE address bar.
The padlock icon is activated on the right of the IE address bar.
When an Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate is used (as Figure 2 shows for the GlobalSign website), IE will use the following additional trust indicators:
- The IE address bar turns from white to green.
The website owner's legally incorporated company name is displayed on the right side of the IE address bar.
If you want to view further details of a website's SSL certificate, you can click on the padlock and select "View Certificates." This action will open the Certificate viewer, revealing all the certificate's X.509 details.