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Andy Horbury | 07 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

While we rush online to buy gifts for our nearest and dearest, scammers are looking to make their wage from your online mistakes. Learn how to stay safe online while doing your Christmas shopping this holiday season.

‘I’m dreaming of a safe holiday season’

What you need to know this holiday season to stay safe online

It’s that time again… the familiar all-out drive by retailers everywhere to capture their share of shoppers’ seasonal spend as we rush to snap up gifts for our nearest and dearest. While online retailers are hoping we get online and buy, so too are the cybercriminals.

The latter are no doubt already gearing up to take full advantage of our good cheer, as they unleash the scams and malware that will turn celebration into commiseration for far too many of us. With online shopping becoming an essential way for us to buy our holiday season gifts, never have the prospects for bumper festive takings looked so...

Andy Horbury | 05 Nov 2013 | 0 comments

For anyone intent on finding out exactly what the worldwide impact of cybercrime is now – and the price we are all paying as it penetrates every corner of the global markets – there can be no better starting point than the 2013 Norton Cybercrime Report[1].

The findings are both eye-opening and deeply concerning. According to the report, some 1 million-plus adults become cybercrime victims every single day and, if you break that down, it equates to a staggering 12 victims per second.

This annual report, commissioned by Symantec[2], is focused on understanding exactly how cybercrime affects consumers (more than 13,000 adults across 24 countries took part in the 2013 survey) and how the adoption and evolution of new technologies impacts their overall security.

And what an impact that turns out to be, with the global price tag of consumer cybercrime now topping US$...

Stefano Rebulla | 10 Oct 2013 | 1 comment

Stefano Rebulla, Senior Account Manager – Continental Europe

On a regular basis questions arise such as: “Why are your authentication procedures so complicated? Why is it so difficult to get my certificate or account vetted?”

These are questions that I’ve heard quite a few times, having been in a sales role at Symantec for several years. I would like to share a few insights based on my experiences.

First, however, before I start, full disclosure : As a salesperson, I want to close deals as quickly as possible and sometimes the vetting process of a customer creates a delay I am not happy about. However, there are very good reasons why it has been defined this way, one of which is to prioritize your security and that of the entities doing business with you (be it people or other companies) above all else...

Jimmy Edge | 02 Oct 2013 | 0 comments


This post is based on the new vulnerability gap white paper compiled by Symantec Website Security Solutions

Malware infection is one of the fastest emerging security threats for websites. More than 24% of websites are vulnerable to malware, while a large percentage of website owners are blissfully unaware of the dangers that threaten their businesses.

Research from our latest white paper shows that almost a quarter of IT professionals have no idea how secure their website is.


Spencer Parkinson | 02 Oct 2013 | 0 comments

Information Security™ magazine and recently announced the winners of its 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards, which were selected based on feedback by customers who were asked to assess products deployed within their organizations. We’re excited to announce that Symantec was honored with eight awards – four Gold, two Silver and two Bronze –demonstrating significant representation across our diverse portfolio of market-leading security solutions.

Included below is a complete list of Symantec’s wins, which will be featured in the October edition of Information Security magazine and are highlighted online at

The Information Security magazine and 2013 Readers’ Choice Award winners were selected based on extensive, in-depth discussions and...

Andy Horbury | 27 Sep 2013 | 1 comment


Your website is your window on the world – it’s your shop front, your brand on display and a key route to market and perhaps your most essential sales and marketing tool. And as such it critical to your business: and if something bad were to happen then it would be a disaster your shop could be closed, your reputation tarnished and visitors stopped coming. This is why website security is so important.

We’ve designed this infographic to help educate you and help you understand six threats to your website and what you can do to prevent them.

1. Website malware

Web servers can be attacked by malware, compromising...

Jimmy Edge | 16 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

We’ve created this short blog post as a response to a question we received via Twitter @nortonsecured. We were asked about if it was possible to set up and test the Norton Secured Seal in a development environment.

As this was such a great question we wanted to share this information more widely.

Testing the Norton Seal in a development or test environment

Customers can test the Norton Secured Seal in their development environment following these steps:

  • Set up a development environment where the domain name matches their production website that is secured by a Symantec SSL certificate. E.g. If the production website is, the development environment could be
  • Generate the Seal script from Symantec's Seal Install page at ...
Tom Powledge | 11 Sep 2013 | 0 comments

If you have any SSL certificates with less than 2048-bit keys, now is the time to upgrade. Why? Because the Certification Authority/Browser (CA/B) Forum and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have determined that any key length below 2048-bit is no longer strong enough. As computer power increases, anything less than 2048-bit certificates are at risk of being compromised by hackers with readily-available processing capabilities. The cybersecurity industry is moving to adoption of SSL certificates employing at least 2048-bit encryption to help preserve internet security.

As a result, these bodies have mandated that all CAs stop issuing 1024-bit certificates and revoke any certificates with key lengths below 2048-bit after Dec. 31, 2013. While that deadline is still months away, Symantec will revoke some certificates...

Jimmy Edge | 05 Sep 2013 | 0 comments


Last year saw a shift in website threats, with more targeted attacks emerging that were aimed at small and medium businesses. While website security should always be at the forefront of any online business, a new Symantec infographic emphasises the importance of paying attention to the findings and enforcing any necessary changes in the online presence of a SME so that they are less likely to become the victim of malicious threats.

The first part of the Infographic takes a look at some of the concerning figures that were seen last year, including the phenomenal 24 million identities that were stolen as a result of one breach of security...

geoffnoakes | 29 Aug 2013 | 0 comments

Facebook announced on July 31st that they have implemented https as default for all of their users. This means that almost all traffic to and 80% of traffic to will be using a secure connection. This is both a significant accomplishment for Facebook, who first made the option of using https available two years ago, but it is also great news for their users. When users log into Facebook and see https in the URL, the information they share is encrypted by a Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificate. One of the most significant challenges Facebook faced in the implementation of default https was the impact on performance. Moving from http to https is much more complex than it might appear, and it is not simply re-rerouting from http to the https. SSL...