URLs for some web sites, including uab.edu, will look slightly different on Chrome and Firefox browsers after their next updates.

Both browsers plan to remove the display of a URL’s extended validation certificate — originally intended to prove the legal entity of the URL owner and help users better detect trusted sites. The EV certificate name has been listed to the left of the URL in both browsers’ address bars. For Chrome users, that information will instead be moved to the page info, which is accessed by clicking the lock icon.

Many users may not even have noticed the entity name in the address bar of certain web sites. At UAB, the name appears on uab.edu sites as well as the URL for the Oracle HR/Finance system. When accessing any URL, you should be cautious to make sure it is a trusted site. Even a lock icon in a URL isn’t always a mark of safety.