In my web browser, how do I know if a site is on a secure server?

By default, Netscape, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari will warn you when you are entering or leaving a secure web site. However, if you have turned these notifications off, the browsers also provide visual clues:

* Netscape: In newer versions, the padlock at the bottom right or bottom left corner of the browser window will appear locked for secure sites (for insecure sites, it appears open). In older versions, the key at the bottom left of the window, which is broken for insecure sites, will be whole when secured.

* Internet Explorer: A yellow padlock will appear in the bottom right corner of the browser window.

* Mozilla Firefox: A padlock will appear in the bottom right corner of the browser window and also in the address bar.

* Safari: A padlock will appear in the upper right corner of the browser window.

Information supplied courtesy of the Indiana University UITS Knowledge Base.