iPhone 3.0: Mobile Safari Gets Enhanced Security Certificate Visualization

Looks like another desktop Safari 4 Beta feature has found its way into the iPhone 3.0 version of the browser. Now, when you go to a site with an enhanced security certificate, the text on top of the browser turns green (like the green bar, we get it!), with little green lock icon beside it, and the name of the certificate’s trusted organization. For example, the above screenshots show how Apple’s order status page looks on iPhone 2.2.1 (top right) and iPhone 3.0.

What does this mean for users? In an age of increased phishing attacks, where bad sites try to trick you into thinking they’re your bank or shop and steak your login or credit card info, this is one more visual cue in your assessment process for determining if you can trust that the website is what it says it is.

Come iPhone 3.0, look for the green text on top of Safari and carefully check to make sure the company it identifies is the one you want to be dealing with.

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7 Responses to “iPhone 3.0: Mobile Safari Gets Enhanced Security Certificate Visualization”

  1. BorgataHotelAndCasino Says:

    Very good enhance

  2. iAirmanshirk Says:

    Nice work Apple, your easily still 5 years ahead of any other phone

  3. Albert Says:

    Definitely improves on the best mobile browser around

  4. Jozsoo Says:

    Rene, will you please take the time to read what you type before you publish stuff? Please learn that simple rule: its is not the same as it’s. Take it easy. There is no rush.

  5. OmariJames Says:

    Sounds good to me !

  6. Rene Ritchie Says:

    @Jozsoo, while we really appreciate additional eyes on typo patrol, it would be even grander were you to share some thoughts on, you know, the actual topic of the posts as well :)

  7. Bart van Kuik Says:

    Actually this was long overdue. A very old attack is to send someone a URL like http://www.securebank.com@evil.hacker.com/blah

    The first part of that URL is actually interpreted by browsers as an username but could easily be mistaken for the domainname. This trick is VERY old but the iPhone safari browser has been susceptible to it since the beginning.

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