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Why don't I see a Padlock symbol in URL Bar when banking/buying etc. with Firefox? How do I know link is secure?

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Usually, when banking, or buying something on line, there will be a Padlock symbol, to ensure your transaction/payment info is secure. This is usually seen in the URL address search bar, but I don't see that with Firefox. Why?

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In Firefox 4 you no longer have the Status bar that showed the padlock in previous Firefox versions.
The padlock only shows that there is a secure connection and doesn't guarantee that you are connected to the right server.
So you might still be connected to the wrong server if you make a typo in the URL and someone has claimed that mistyped URL.
The functionality of the padlock has been replaced by the How do I tell if my connection to a website is secure? on the left end of the location bar.

See also:

You can use this extension to get a padlock on the location bar.

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In Firefox 4 you no longer have the Status bar that showed the padlock in previous Firefox versions.
The padlock only shows that there is a secure connection and doesn't guarantee that you are connected to the right server.
So you might still be connected to the wrong server if you make a typo in the URL and someone has claimed that mistyped URL.
The functionality of the padlock has been replaced by the How do I tell if my connection to a website is secure? on the left end of the location bar.

See also:

You can use this extension to get a padlock on the location bar.