Safe Browser FAQs - PayPal Canada

Frequently Asked Questions - Web Browsers

What is a Web browser?

A Web browser is a software application that allows you to visit and view Web pages and sites. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, and Apple Safari are the most common Web browsers.

What is an address bar?

Also known as a URL bar, this is the box at the top of your Web browser that displays the URL or Web address of the page you are viewing.

How do I know I'm using a safer Web browser?

  • Check to make sure you're using the latest available version of the browser.
  • It offers automatic software patches and upgrades.
  • It comes with anti-phishing functionality that lets you know when you're on a suspicious page or site.
  • It protects data with powerful, 128-bit encryption.

How do I know what kind of browser I'm using?

With most browsers, simply open the browser, click Help, and select About .

Which browsers come with anti-phishing features?

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 or later
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 or later
  • Opera 9.1 or later
  • Safari 5 or later

What is meant by HTTP and HTTPS?

HTTP (HyperText Transfer Protocol) is a format commonly used to send data over the Internet. HTTP data is not encrypted, making it potentially vulnerable to hackers.

HTTPS (HyperText Transfer Protocol using Secure Sockets Layer) encrypts so it can be sent over the Internet more safely. When you enter a URL (a Web address) into a browser, the address will generally begin with either HTTP or HTTPS (as in https://www.paypal.ca). Another indication HTTPS is in use is the presence of a padlock icon on the page.

What's the meaning of SSL?

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a secure communications protocol used by browsers, websites, and applications to protect information sent over the Internet. SSL protocol uses encryption and authentication technologies to ensure that only the intended parties can access the information.

What is an Extended Validation SSL Certificate (EV SSL)?

The EV SSL is a digital certificate that provides secure connections to websites. The EV certificate is an improvement over standard SSL certificates because it requires corporations to pass extensive audits and certification processes to prove they own their site domains.

Can I get an EV SSL Certificate for my business?

Yes, but keep in mind that they're primarily made for larger companies whose customers have been victims of phishing.

Feel free to contact your Certificate Authority for more details about the certification process.