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Opera says connection is unsecure, Firefox says it's secure. Can you explain?

  • startpage.com is an alternative search engine and it provides a https connection by default. If I go to https://startpage.com/ then Opera shows the padlock icon beside the URL indicating the connection is secure. However, if I search for something then the result page still has https in the URL, but the padlock icon is not shown and clicking on the security icon it says the connection is unsecure.

    If I try the same thing with firefox then initially it shows the padlock icon and after searching for something it still shows the padlock and says the connection is secure.

    So what's happening here? Why can Firefox keep up a secure connection to the site while Opera apparently loses the security after searching for something?

    Can anyone explain this? Does it mean Opera cannot be used with this site securely?

  • Did you clicked on the badge to see the reason for Opera to not consider the connection as secure?

    Opera uses to be nore severe in terms of security, so anything can make it consider the connection insecure.

  • Which version are you using?

  • For me, in Opera 12, the connection to startpage.com is judged to be "insecure" because its security certificate is issued for: ***.**startpage.com. If I go to **www.**startpage.com the connection becomes "secure" again. If I reload a GET search query, with the longer domain, the connection is also secure. In Opium 15, the connection is perceived to be secure at all times.

    There might be another reason for you case though.

    Earlier versions of Firefox didn't even allow to override the security certificate in cases like these.

  • Originally posted by LeoCG:

    Did you clicked on the badge to see the reason for Opera to not consider the connection as secure?

    It says the server attempted a secure connection, but failed.

  • Originally posted by opera1215b1748:

    Which version are you using?

    12.16

  • Originally posted by j7nj7n:

    For me, in Opera 12, the connection to startpage.com is judged to be "insecure" because its security certificate is issued for: ***.**startpage.com. If I go to **www.**startpage.com the connection becomes "secure" again. If I reload a GET search query, with the longer domain, the connection is also secure.

    Thanks, it's a good workaround.

    Though it would be nice to know if without www the connection is really unsecure, or it is secure, only Opera says it isn't.

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