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This website is secured with an Extended Validation SSL Certificate
Why did the address bar of my browser turn green?
The Orvis website is now using new Extended Validation (EV) SSL, the highest standard for Web site authentication. EV SSL signifies that the Orvis website has passed a rigorous identity authentication process. An EV SSL Certificate triggers the browser address bar to turn green, display https://, and shows that:
What is SSL?
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates are the standard method used on the Internet to secure communications between Web users and Web sites. This technology both authenticates the identity of a Web site and encrypts communications between the user and the Web site. For over a decade SSL Certificates have served to authenticate Web sites using different methods of authentication. Some Certificate Authorities merely verify that the organization requesting the certificate has the right to use their stated Internet domain address. More rigorous authentication methods include requiring proof of identity, proof of organizational status, and proof that the person is authorized by the domain holder to request a certificate.
What is Extended Validation SSL?
Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates represent the highest standard for authentication. The standard requires that every Web site secured with EV SSL pass a certified process for rigorously verifying the identity of the organization responsible for that Web site.
Why does rigorous authentication matter?
When you follow a link to a Web site, how do you know it is real? There are criminals who create Web sites that look familiar in order to trick visitors into revealing personal and financial information. These “phishing” web sites can be very difficult to distinguish from legitimate Web sites. An Extended Validation SSL Certificate displays the authenticated name of the organization that purchased the SSL Certificate. This provides you with additional assurance that Orvis online transactions are truly coming from The Orvis Company, Inc.
Why did Orvis choose Extended Validation for Orvis.com?
We chose Extended Validation (EV) SSL to secure your online transaction with us because we take your online security very seriously. EV SSL signifies that our organization has passed the strict EV identity authentication process. You can trust the Orvis website with both your financial transactions and your membership information.
Why is it only green on certain pages?
You'll see the green browser address bar in places where we ask for financial or personal address information, such as in the shopping cart or in the membership screens. That's because those areas of the website use a secure server and have an https:// as part of the web address.
Most areas of the website do not ask for financial or personal address information, and have an http:// (minus the "s") as part of the web address. Since those pages don't require sensitive information, there isn't the need to perform an extended validation at that time. For those pages, it's OK for the browser address bar to remain white.
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