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Old 07-24-05, 10:24 PM
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Paypal.com log in not secure?

Hey all,

Using the newest version of firefox, i went to www.paypal.com (typed it in manually) and it seemed that there was no yellow address bar (indicated a secure connection) and there was no https: inserted automatically.... I thought this was odd since the username and password fields for login were on this page. I proceeded to click on a link on the page to get one level deeper, then i clicked on the login button on that page. It then took me back to the paypal.com homepage to login, but this time it was secure (https, and yellow bar). Was it secure the first time, and just not showing up as secure the? Or was it really not secure?

Just curious,

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Old 07-24-05, 10:52 PM
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using the newest version of firefox (1.0.6), i typed in www.paypal.com (manually) and it converted right to the https with the yellow bar.
Old 07-24-05, 11:36 PM
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HHhmm....

I'm using 1.0.6 as well. When i clicked on your link, it wasn't secure either. However, when i hit "subit" for the login info (leaving them both blank) it turns yellow on the error page -- maybe it's secure as soon as you hit the send button -- but still it should be secure from the get-go...

Interesting....

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Ya know....

I wonder if having auto-fill or some similar option checked makes a difference -- also, there may be a security setting somewhere that effects this....

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The login form action is secure so it doesn't really matter whether the page is initially secure or not.
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The page with the login form doesn't need to have a SSL connection established to transmit the login securely. So long as the POST method calls a page via https, it'll establish a secure connection before sending the login info.

If you want to login from the main Paypal page and you like to be reassured that an SSL connection has already been established, open the page by typing "https://www.paypal.com/" rather than just "www.paypal.com". Note the "https" protocol used rather than the "http" method that browsers default to if you don't specify the protocol.
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I've found that every now and then, Firefox seems to "forget" that a page is actually secure. I usually just end up hitting refresh and that seems to fix the problem.
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My understanding is that if you're using a theme for Firefox, it doesn't always show the yellow bar...it's dependant on whether they programmed that into the theme or not. Try it with the default theme and see if it shows up yellow.

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