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Jimmy Edge | 05 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

Reports earlier this month that Facebook had reached the landmark of 1 billion users certainly demonstrated just how big the social network phenomenon has become.

However, as the world’s most popular website just seems to get bigger and bigger, it is also more important than ever to be on the guard against hackers who can access your personal information.

Common sense is probably your biggest asset against the threat of cyber criminals, but there are also a few simple tips you can follow to give yourself maximum protection:

  1. Be ultra-careful with any friends that you add. Accepting someone as a friend gives them full access to your page, so make sure you know who you’re adding rather than mindlessly accepting all requests.
  2. Remember that most options can be disabled if you don’t need them or don’t want to use them. This is another element that gives you added control over your own page.
  3. Don’t start believing...
FranRosch | 01 Nov 2012 | 0 comments

I’m very pleased to announce that as of today Symantec has wholly acquired VeriSign Japan, a long time business partner, solidifying our investment and commitment to growing our business in Japan. This acquisition achieves three key goals that help benefit customers in the local Japanese market:

  • We will expand VeriSign Japan’s current SSL offerings by providing full website security solutions, including Website Malware Scan, Vulnerability Assessment and Seal-in-Search functionality.
  • VeriSign Japan customers now benefit from the combined resources of the existing local team and Symantec’s global expertise.
  •  Organizations in Japan are now able to acquire identity and authentication security and website security solutions through a single vendor.

By bringing our two teams together, Symantec will help enable IT to confidently and securely adopt new computing models – from cloud computing to social networking to...

Rick Andrews | 30 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

SSL/TLS is technology that is critical for securing communications. The challenge facing the SSL ecosystem today is how it is being implemented and used. Several University researchers have recently published reports indicating errors and shortcomings in non-browser applications that act as the client of an SSL/TLS connection. These issues result from flawed implementations of SSL in the applications or in SDKs or APIs used by them. SSL Client non-browser applications should follow these best practices to ensure the high level of authentication, confidentiality and integrity promised by SSL remain intact.

A Developer must perform a number of checks, and the most important is to cryptographically validate that the end-entity certificate presented by the server is the expected certificate, or was signed by an expected certificate. In other words, the Developer must create a trusted and validated chain of certificates starting with the end-entity certificate and linking up to...

Jimmy Edge | 29 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

Thieves and hackers across the globe are using more and more sophisticated techniques to carry out credit card fraud in the modern world.

In India, they are currently trialling a new ‘virtual card’ system which means that using an actual credit card to make future purchases online could become a thing of the past. This is in response to persistent and widespread fraud problems in the country.

We all probably consider ourselves to be quite savvy when it comes to staying safe while using our cards, but there are a few simple rules that we can follow to be as safe as possible. Some of them might be obvious, but a couple might change your thinking on the issue completely.

1. Be ultra-careful with your credit card information. This applies to using your card online as well as avoiding unnecessary Facebook/Twitter posts (it really does happen!) that reveal your details. It’s also a good idea to avoid discussing any personal credit...

Jimmy Edge | 22 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

The latest Get Safe Online campaign – Click and Tell - has been launched in the UK this week, and the organisers will be hopeful that the campaign can educate people in the importance of online security.

The Get Safe Online initiative was launched in October 2005 and has gathered significant momentum each year since.

The week is designed to inform people about the basics of using the internet and still keeping yourself safe from fraud, with established website security companies such as Symantec getting firmly behind the campaign.

What does the week mean for me?

Have you ever been charged for a number of premium-rate text messages which you did not actually send? Or have you ever found yourself to be the target of online...

Jeannie Warner | 11 Oct 2012 | 0 comments

When your mobile or web browser address bar turns green it’s a clear sign that you can complete a transaction, or fill out an online form with confidence. The green address bar indicate that you’re on a site that has an Extended Validation (EV) certificate, a measure increasingly used by organizations to provide reassurance to customers who are wary of sharing personal information online. Sites protected by an EV certificate must pass the industry’s most stringent standards for identity validation and if the certificate is from Symantec it also protects you from malware, as these sites are scanned daily for infection.

To receive  an EV certificate, an organization  not only has to demonstrate secure encryption methods but also pass rigorous checks based on the highest industry standards to prove that it is a legitimate company, including: 

  • It...
AllenKelly | 05 Oct 2012 | 0 comments


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FranRosch | 27 Sep 2012 | 1 comment

Recently, the industry has seen increased instances involving malware signed by legitimate code signing certificates owned by legitimate companies. In each of these incidences, the private key, associated with the code signing certificate, was either compromised or otherwise maliciously used.  Code signing private keys are owned and protected by the company or business, and not the Certificate Authority (CA).

Symantec advises companies to apply rigorous protection and security policies to safeguard private keys for code signing. As it is our responsibility as a CA to thoroughly authenticate each organization that applies for a code signing certificate, it is also the responsibility of the certificate owners to protect their private keys from compromises. When malicious code makes its way into the wild, it hurts everyone whether it’s a business, organization or user.

Symantec recommends the following best security practices and policies to protect code...

FranRosch | 25 Sep 2012 | 0 comments

With National Cyber Security Month right around the corner, I  wanted to take this chance to discuss Symantec’s point of view about the current state of the Certificate Authority (CA) industry.

After a year riddled with highly publicized CA security breaches that threatened to undermine confidence in the entire system the message is clear:  In order to build public confidence and protect the trust model that the Internet relies on every single day (over 4.5 million sites!), the CA industry must pull together and focus on improving its operations and practices while adapting to a constantly evolving technological environment. 

One way we do this is by actively supporting organizations such as the CAB Forum and the Online Trust Alliance (OTA).  Coming up shortly is the Online Trust Forum in San Jose, CA on Oct 2-4.  To...

Jeannie Warner | 10 Sep 2012 | 4 comments

This is the first in a series of ponderings I've been having about Cloud computing, how little it's understood by end consumers, and what we in the IT space need to do to better educate the people on the street. The general internet has been greedy in terms of self-interest, selling people short in its expectations of their ability to learn about concepts and ideas. However, I am idealistic enough to really believe that once people understand what is in their best interest in terms of internet security, they will tend to act in ways that support that self-interest, to the extent that they are able. And so if we wish people to act in enlightened self-interest, we need to educate the society around us.

This pondering started when I read this viral article from the Business Insider, spread by Facebook: