How do I know my connection with your site is secure?

There are several ways to confirm that you're in a secure area. All SSL capable browsers have a symbol to indicate secure mode. Specifically:

Symbol Location
Unsecure Mode Symbol
Secure Mode Symbol
Netscape 1.2, 2.0 and 3.0
Lower Left
Broken Key
Complete Key
Netscape Communicator 4.0
Lower Left
Open Lock
Closed Lock
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Lower Right
Closed Lock

You can also tell when you're in a secure area because the URL to the left of the colon changes from 'http' to 'https' to signify that a SSL protocol is being used to communicate with the server. (http = HyperText Transport Protocol; https = HTTP with SSL.) In most browsers you'll also see a solid blue line in the upper portion of the browser's window — another visual aid that lets you know you're browsing a secure area.