Browsing secure websites
When you use a website that handles private or financial information, make sure the website is secure.
To check security:
- Look to the left of web site address. The lock icon and green background means that the website has a certificate signifying to QtWeb that it's a legitimate website and that information you exchange with it will be encrypted.
- Make sure the website's address begins with "https" (instead of "http").
- If the website is not secure, you may have been given a choice between a secure and an insecure connection when logging into the site. Go back to the page where you logged in and check for a link to a secure login. Even if you don't plan to view private information, it's best to use a secure login whenever possible to ensure that your login information is encrypted.
If QtWeb has successfully verified a certificate, webpage URL is displayed on the light-green background. If SSL errors detected while certificate verification - QtWeb displays these errors and draws URL on the pink background, advising you that this certificate is not reliable (unverified by trusted authorities). Errors could happen in different scenarios, for example certificate is expired or certificate is self-generated (for development or testing purposes) but not certified, etc... SSL errors do not mean that connection is not secure! SSL connection via "https" is 100% secure, however the host you are trying to connect to has not been registered or verified with trusted organizations.
To view the contents of a website's certificate, click the lock icon.