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WebBrowser.EncryptionLevel Property

Gets a value indicating the encryption method used by the document currently displayed in the WebBrowser control.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public WebBrowserEncryptionLevel EncryptionLevel { get; }


This WebBrowser instance is no longer valid.


A reference to an implementation of the IWebBrowser2 interface could not be retrieved from the underlying ActiveX WebBrowser control.

You can use this property with the EncryptionLevelChanged event to implement an indicator in the user interface of your application similar to the lock icon in Internet Explorer. When the current document is not encrypted, the value of this property is WebBrowserEncryptionLevel.Insecure. When the WebBrowser control displays a Web page containing multiple frames with content of different encryption levels, the value of this property is WebBrowserEncryptionLevel.Mixed. When the encryption level is unknown, the value of this property is WebBrowserEncryptionLevel.Unknown. Other values indicate the type of encryption present. To mimic the behavior of the lock icon in Internet Explorer, display the encryption type in a ToolTip that appears when the mouse pointer hovers over the indicator.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.