Green Bar Technology (or Extended Validation SSL) was created in direct response to the rise in Internet fraud. The green bar gives web browsers information to clearly identify a website's organizational identity. This replaces multifactor authentication, which used an image and phrase for identification. To be able to display the green bar (or SSL certificate), a business must go through an extended validation process, which helps to eliminate look-alike websites or spoofing websites.
Unfortunately, no, each browser will look slightly different. The key to look for will be the padlock image, along with some form of green text in the address bar. Here is a basic description of what you will see in the most commonly used types of browsers: Internet Explorer – this is the true green bar. The entire first long address bar at the top of the web page will be completely green. The URL for the website will be on the left with the https and then, after the green padlock on the right, the Certificate Authority and the legal name of the company owning the website will alternate. Firefox – the green padlock will be on the left of the address bar, which will remain white. The Certificate Authority and legal company information will follow in green text and alternate, then the https and the name. Chrome –Chrome has the same format as Firefox, but the initial section with the green padlock and the alternating company and Certificate Authority names will have a green background. Safari – this is the same general look as Chrome, with the green background and text in the initial part of the address bar followed by the padlock, and the domain name. Opera – similar to both Chrome and Safari with green text, padlock and background in the initial short box of the address bar.
The image and phrase were used in multifactor authentication, an older type of Internet security. We have eliminated that step and replaced it with green bar technology. Instead of looking for your chosen image, look for the visual confirmation of the padlock and green text in your web address.