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#1 Ragnar Devonin

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 09:10 PM

Hi.

Today my Firefox informed me there was "unauthenticated content" when I was attempting to log into one of my e-mail accounts. I refreshed the page and it went away, and I was able to log in without issue. However...

I have to ask:
Is this anything to be concerned over?
So long as I didn't submit anything when the message was up did everything remain secure? (It popped during typing my pw see below).

(Also it may have been "unauthorized content" but I think I just mixed the two up.)



Specific Details (if necessary):
I went to Hotmail, and logged into one of my accounts on a secure https connection without issue. After I logged out, I went to sign in to my other account and while I was in the middle of typing my password (the last few characters of it at that) - my RSS Feeds updated (orange RSS 'button' appeared in the corner) and thus the RSS ticker add-on I have made them start scrolling across the bottom.

At the same moment this happened the lock icon in the bottom corner got a red ! over it. I clicked on the indicator but I didn't quite get all the information presented.

The jist of it seemed to be it mentioned the web page may not be entirely secure and made mention of unauthenticated content. I kick myself for not screenshotting/writing down the exact wording since I know that usually matters. I just had a bit of a panic.

I erased my password from the box without submitting anything, and refreshed the page. The little lock icon returned without the !. I waited a few minutes just to be sure and after it didn't change again I proceeded to log in and had no issues.

But a few hours later the thing is nagging me, so I figured I would suck it up and ask to make sure I am good.

Google is giving me mixed answers though leaning more toward 'don't worry about it'. Still. Everyone here usually helps clarify things and give good advice so here is hoping the awesome people here can do it again. :)

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 12:49 AM

Sometimes parts of a secure webpage are delivered without encryption, which is referred to as "partial encryption".

This is common if you force an https connection to a site that doesn't normally use it. For example: https://www.ua.edu/

As for logging into your Hotmail, as long as you were on the site you thought you were on (https://login.live.com if I'm not mistaken), you should be fine.
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