Green is good

Users of Microsoft Corp.’s latest Web browser can start looking for the address bar to turn green while shopping or banking.

The security feature in Internet Explorer 7 is activated when sites have what’s known as an extended-validation certificate. That’s given out to merchants that have undergone and passed screening that is more rigorous than what is normally required to obtain regular certificates, which trigger a closed padlock on the browser familiar to many online shoppers.

But lack of a green bar shouldn’t be interpreted as a sign a merchant is fraudulent.”

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