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Meet Larry, Firefox's Friendly Passport Officer

Jun 18, 2008, 18:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Vamosi)

"I recently spoke with Johnathan Nightingale, Mozilla's 'Human Shield,' the man who designed the security interface within Firefox 3. One of the big changes is how Firefox communicates the authenticity of a given site. Located on the left hand side of the address bar is a tiny icon associated with the site. Sites using Extended Verification Secure Socket Layers (EV SSL) go an additional step.

"Nightingale explains: 'If you go to PayPal.com, for instance, that will expand out and it'll say PayPal Inc USA because PayPal is a site that presents this enhanced identity information and so, because they're presenting it to the browser we can present it our users and if you click that button and you get a bunch of more information. You get this little site identity pop up basically...'"

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