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Tim Callan | 09 Sep 2008 | 0 comments

Today we announced that the American Bankers Association will be joining the VIP Network. We are very excited about this on many levels. Getting VIP credentials into the hands of 350 member banks creates a huge opportunity for VeriSign and makes this much more convenient for their users. ABA Members will have first hand experience with strong authentication on tools they use every day. And as this protection rolls out, ABA member banks will witness how easily they can deploy strong, two-factor authentication, and how convenient it is for their customers. We look forward to working with the ABA. Welcome to the network!

nicolas_popp | 21 Aug 2008 | 4 comments

Today, we are releasing a brand new version of the Personal Identity Portal (PIP). With support for two-factor authentication, the PIP remains a strong OpenID provider as VeriSign remains committed to the broad deployment of OpenID across the Internet. Beyond OpenID, the new PIP also includes some unique identity management features. As the user-centric identity movement reaches beyond authentication and attribute exchange, we wanted to evolve the PIP into an identity aggregation service that enhances control, convenience and security over personal data even when the data is scattered across non-interoperable Web sites.homepage.jpgThis theme of identity aggregation is going to remain an important product philosophy for us moving forward. Our first implementation focuses on personalization, convenience and security. This post...

nicolas_popp | 20 Aug 2008 | 1 comment

Today, we are releasing a brand new version of the Personal Identity Portal (PIP). With support for two-factor authentication, the PIP remains a strong OpenID provider as VeriSign remains committed to the broad deployment of OpenID across the Internet. Beyond OpenID, the new PIP also includes some unique identity management features. As the user-centric identity movement reaches beyond authentication and attribute exchange, we wanted to evolve the PIP into an identity aggregation service that enhances control, convenience and security over personal data even when the data is scattered across non-interoperable Web sites.homepage.jpgThis theme of identity aggregation is going to remain an important product philosophy for us moving forward. Our first implementation focuses on personalization, convenience and security. This post...

vipmobile | 12 Aug 2008 | 0 comments

Network Products Guide just announced we won the Reader Trust Award for Best in Multi- and Second-Factor Security. We're putting it in our trophy case right next to the Product Innovation Award in the Consumer Application or Service category. This is great for companies making decisions about two-factor authentication for their customers -- they might want to know the industry thinks highly of VIP.  It's also great for the team here at VeriSign working on VIP to see all their efforts to create a great product payoff with an award like this. So thank you, Network Products Guide, from the team at VeriSign. Here is the ...

vipblog | 11 Aug 2008 | 0 comments

By Yohai Einav, VeriSign Senior Fraud Analyst

What happened to good ol' fraud?

There's a new trend in online fraud today - it is getting more brutal.

A few years ago, when a fraudster wanted to get your online banking credentials, he would send you a phishing email, asking you kindly to send him your bank's login and password; today, he would simply infect your PC with malware, then take your details by force.

Fraudsters not believing in the goodness of mankind and taking things by force?! Yes - we live in crazy times.

The brutal trend doesn't end with phishing. The same evolution happens today in the online brokerage world with the "Pump and Dump" scam.


Pump and Dump 1.0

The classic Pump and Dump scam is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Its guiding principle is simple: if you can buy a worthless stock for a very low price (typically micro-cap companies), then sell it quickly for a much higher...

vipblog | 06 Aug 2008 | 0 comments

by Perry Tancredi, Senior Product Manager, VeriSign Fraud Detection Service

I'm Perry Tancredi, and I manage the VeriSign VIP Fraud Detection Service product. A lot of times when I explain what I do to my friends and family, especially when I talk about some of the latest attacks we see, the conversation turns to whether or not it's too risky to do anything online at all. People want to know if I think banking and shopping online is safe, what virus program I use at home and what they should be doing to protect themselves.

I had already been writing this post when the news about the largest case of identity theft in America (BBC,...

nicolas_popp | 08 Jul 2008 | 0 comments

I recently tried to buy a marine handheld GPS online. Like everyone else, I started with some consumer research on Google and finally ended up chasing the best bargain across a few price comparisons engines. I did found some very compelling prices from online stores that I never had heard of before. In the end, however, I decided to buy from Amazon.com. Although Amazon.com commanded a price premium, I still elected to buy from them. Why? Because, I knew that I would have a safe experience and that they would ship the product on time. All the other e-tailers were unknown to me, and I was not willing to take the chance of getting into a hassle for a 10% discount.

This personal experience seems revealing of the state of online commerce today. Short of a strong brand, the long tail of e-merchants is facing head winds when it comes to attract new online customers. It is not enough to be found on search engines. It is not enough to offer better prices. It is not enough to carry...

vipblog | 02 Jul 2008 | 0 comments

We asked people on the streets of San Francisco about what they do online, how many passwords they have, and whether they think their personal information is safe.

"Any bill that I pay, other than my rent, I pay online"
"There's probably a lot of sites out there that have my personal information."
"Sometimes even with secure sites, hackers get through"

"Every time I use a credit card, I hope that's the only place it gets used."

Find out how VeriSign can help keep your online identity safe.

vipblog | 23 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

By Yohai Einav, VeriSign Senior Fraud Analyst

I was on my way to the airport, chatting with my cab driver. After I told him my overused joke about the peasant, the seigneur and the miraculous goat, he asked me for my profession. "Oh, fraud?", he said. "You know, I almost lost $7,000 to card fraud last year".

So the sanguine driver told me how his bank called him, warning him he had gone into overdraft. When he investigated this he found that his Visa card had recently been charged with $6,000. He called Visa, and they told him - "Sir, didn't you make two £1,500 transactions in London two weeks ago?"

No, he was never in London. No, he rarely uses the British Pound in Israel.

"Time out", I said. "Credit card issuers know that this could happen, and no way could these two transactions have passed without Visa noticing them". Firstly, the amounts were high, and secondly, the driver's card had a consistent pattern of transactions in only one...

Tim Callan | 19 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

Posted by Fran Rosch, VP of VeriSign Identity and Authentication Solutions

Living in California, I have tried to become as environmentally conscious as possible given the grim reports on climate change and rising sea levels. The major steps I have taken along with my family include installing brand new energy efficient appliances and significantly more insulation as part of our home remodel. We also implement smaller initiatives such as maximum recycling, eating organic and locally grown products and composting as much as possible. I have even given up coffee and my favorite Irish oatmeal because of the carbon required to ship these products such long distances. We also try (but usually fail) to restrict ourselves to bicycle-only transportation on weekends.

I know there is lots disagreement on whether these small actions actually make an impact but they do make us feel better. I also travel extensively for business which blows my personal carbon foot...