(Adapted from Internet Explorer 7 Help Files)
How can I tell if I have a secure connection?
In Internet Explorer, you will see a lock icon Picture of the Lock icon in the Security Status bar. The Security Status bar is located on the right side of the Address bar.
The certificate that is used to encrypt the connection also contains information about the identity of the website owner or organization. You can click the lock to view the identity of the website.
Internet Explorer 6 shows the lock icon on the bottom right of the browser window. Internet Explorer 7 shows the lock on the top of the window to the right of the address bar. If you have recently upgraded to Internet Explorer 7, you will not see the lock icon on the bottom of your window.
Secure Page Indicators
If neither the https:// or lock icon appear on the pages in which you enter personal information, please contact us.
Are secure connections private?
Not necessarily. Even though the information you are sending is encrypted (encoded), an intermediate party might be able to see the website you are connecting to. By knowing the website you are connecting to, the other party might have a pretty good idea what you are doing on that site.
What is a secure connection?
A secure connection is an encrypted exchange of information between the website you are visiting and Internet Explorer. Encryption is provided through a document the website provides called a certificate. When you send information to the website, it is encrypted at your computer and decrypted at the website. Under normal circumstances, the information cannot be read or tampered with while it is being sent, but it's possible that someone might find a way to crack the encryption.
Even if the connection between your computer and the website is encrypted, it does not guarantee that the website is trustworthy. Your privacy can still be compromised by way the website uses or distributes your information.
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