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Old 02-21-2018, 12:18 PM   #1
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What, exactly, causes the "browser padlock" to appear or, not?


I've noticed that sometimes the "padlock" icon appears on the address-bar of a browser screen when I am visiting a secure web-site, but that sometimes it does not. Has anyone else noticed this, and/or noticed any kind of pattern?

I do notice that the name of the organization exists only for certain (more expensive) kinds of certificates.

For example, when I visit "blenderartists.org," I see that the connection is HTTPS but there is no padlock icon. Here at LQ, I do see a padlock.
 
Old 02-21-2018, 12:24 PM   #2
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Most likely it means the website initially loads HTTPS, but then includes some regular HTTP resources which makes the overall webpage not secure.
 
Old 02-21-2018, 03:14 PM   #3
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Most likely it means the website initially loads HTTPS, but then includes some regular HTTP resources which makes the overall webpage not secure.
Browsers sometimes show a broken padlock icon for that situation.
 
Old 02-22-2018, 06:03 AM   #4
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I do notice that the name of the organization exists only for certain (more expensive) kinds of certificates.
These are "Extended Validation" certificates, where the CA goes through additional steps to validate the requesting entity. For example by using multiple sources to identify and confirm company registration rather than simple challenge/response validation typical for most SSL certs.
 
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