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Look for the Green Bar – to Help Keep Your Personal and Financial Information Secure

Surf the internet lately?  Are you seeing green?  The green bar that is. Use the latest PNC Security Assurance feature to help you visually verify that you are at the authentic pnc.com website.

Whenever you visit PNC online, look for the green address bar (or a variation of the green bar depending on the browser) and verify that the owner of the PNC site you are intending to visit is indeed PNC.

Example: Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) Green Bar Experience
Three key areas of browser display EV SSL security - 1. Address Bar, 2. Padlock Icon, 3. Security Status Bar

PNC uses EV SSL certificates to help you recognize when you are at the legitimate PNC site and not a "spoofed" site created by fraudsters for purposes of illegally obtaining your personal and financial information.  EV SSL signifies that PNC has passed a rigorous identity authentication process that triggers the browser address bar to display https:// in the url and turn a portion of the address bar green in IE7 and higher (see below for the experience in other high security browsers).

No Green Browser Bar?

A white or clear address bar shows when a secure session starts (url begins with https, not http) and the page is encrypted with SSL but no additional identity information is available for that website.

  • If you are using IE7 or above, carefully read the full URL in the address bar or view the security report, and verify that this website belongs to the company you intended to visit, before entering any sensitive data.
  • If using a browser other than IE7, follow the same procedures as above because this could indicate an SSL session is taking place (https and the familiar gold padlock may be present) but an EV SSL Certificate is not in use on that page.

A yellow address bar means proceed with caution.  Yellow is an indicator of a site that is suspicious of malicious activity.  In short, there are certain characteristics of the site that are consistent with how fraudulent websites behave, but the site has not been officially confirmed as a fraudulent website.  It's rare to see a site that has a yellow address bar, but is still a possible indicator.

A red address bar means stop.  Either the site visited is a known phishing site that is misrepresenting its identity or a problem exists with the SSL Certificate used (i.e. it has been revoked, it is for the wrong website or the certificate has expired).  In any case make sure that you have typed the correct Web address.  If the error persists, you shouldn’t browse further or enter any data into this website. 


Other High Security Browsers

The experience in other high security browsers will be slightly different from IE7 but still consistently display an instance of the green bar when an EV SSL certificate is being used.  If you use one of these other browsers, here is what you should look for:

Table showing various EV SSL browsers

PNC sites protected with EV SSL include:

pnc.com
pncvirtualwallet.com
apply.pnc.com
onlinebanking.pnc.com
pncsites.com

EV SSL is another way that PNC is helping you to make better and safer decisions when you transact with us online.

For more tips about online security and to learn more about how PNC protects you online and how you can protect yourself, review the PNC Security Assurance section of pnc.com today.