Marilag Ang Malaya

Friday, January 23, 2009

Show secure sites more clearly

Firefox removed the yellow bar that indicated a secure site. Only secure sites with Extended Validation (EV) certificates, i.e. forked out a lot of money, show up with a nice green bar. Other sites with self-signed certificates or whose CA's public keys are not shipped with Firefox, they simply show up as a regular site.

To help show which sites are SSL-enabled, you need to edit the default configuration of Firefox. We browse the about:config page in Firefox and search for the term browser.identity.ssl_domain_display. We can set this to any of three possible values:
0 - default
1 - display top level domain only, e.g.
2 - display entire domain, e.g.
I recommend setting the value to 2.


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