Firefox SSL-Certificate Debate Rages On
Posted by comartslibrarian on August 23, 2008
‘If you visit a website with either an expired or a self-signed SSL certificate, Firefox 3 will not show that page at all. Instead it will display an error message… To get past this error page, users have to go through four different steps before they can access the website, which from a usability standpoint is far from ideal. This way of handling websites with expired or self-signed SSL certificates is bound to scare away a lot of inexperienced users, no matter how legitimate the website is.’
This was incredibly annoying — and disappointing — “enhancement” from Firefox 3, similar to Microsoft Vista’s UAC warnings. It’s popped up with other self-signed SSL sites at Regent University, which may deter inexperienced users from continuing into Blackboard or the Library Catalog circulation records.