When Is A Page Secure

by on January 30, 2007

Q: If I am on a site and I want to order an item but there is no lock symbol showing up in my browser is the site still secure?

A: The first thing you want to look for is the lock. The lock tells you that the page you are on is secure. A locked lock tells you that a valid certificate issued by a trusted authority secures the page. A broken lock tells you that the page is protected by either an expired certificate, is issued by a non-trusted authority, or is for a completely different website.

If the lock is completely missing then you should look at the URL and see if the URL starts with https. If the URL only has http it means that the webmaster made a mistake and did not secure the current page you are on. You should be able to contact them and let them know about the issue and they should be able to resolve it quickly.