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Tim Callan | 31 May 2007 | 0 comments

The Anti-Phishing Working Group reports that it has documented an astounding 55,643 new phishing attacks in April 2007. That's the largest number of new phishing attacks ever in history and a fourteen-fold increase in eighteen months (up from 4000 in October, 2006).

Tim Callan | 29 May 2007 | 0 comments

Leading online retailer Overstock.com has actually brought us a measurement of the abandonment decrease that occurs in the presence of an EV SSL Certificate. As far as I know Overstock is the first ever organization to directly measure the relative abandonment rates in green bar and non-green bar scenarios.

Overstock measured the difference in abandonment rates between site visitors on EV-enabled and non-EV-enabled browsers, which today divides into Internet Explorer 7 users and everyone else. The company saw an 8.6% decrease in abandonment in an eight-week period during March and April of 2007 among visitors using IE7 as compared to all site visitors on non-EV browsers.

Tim Callan | 17 May 2007 | 0 comments

In case you missed the news, today a massive phishing attack launched against the Dell brand and Dell.com. It continues a trend we've seen for a long time now where phishers continue to innovate about which online brands they will counterfeit and how they will create messages that trick consumers into giving up critical information. It's been a long time since the only phishing targets were major banks and PayPal. Utilities, lotteries, e-commerce sites, and social networking sites all get phished today.

Tim Callan | 17 May 2007 | 0 comments

VeriSign product manager Troy Kitch will be presenting Extended Validation SSL at Tech-Ed 2007 in Orlando, Florida on June 7, 2007. He will accompany Microsoft product managers Markellos Diorinos and Mike Chan.

What: Building Trust with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) and Extended Validation SSL:
Boosting User Confidence in Online Transactions
Where: Tech Ed Orlando, Florida
When: June 7, 2007, 1:00 - 2:15 PM
Who:
Troy Kitch, Product Manager, VeriSign
Markellos Diorinos, Security Product Manager, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Corp.
Mike Chan, Product Manager, Microsoft Corp...

Tim Callan | 15 May 2007 | 0 comments

Now you can view green address bars in Firefox the same way you do in Internet Explorer 7. This Firefox EV add-on enables the browser to detect Extended Validation SSL Certificates from VeriSign.

Tim Callan | 10 May 2007 | 0 comments

Worldwide market share for Internet Explorer 7 has just surpassed the 30% mark. In other words, basically one site visitor in three is capable fo seeing green bars if you have Extended Validation SSL on your site.

Tim Callan | 08 May 2007 | 0 comments

It's been about a week since I've had the time to blog. During that time we've seen two significant banks in two significant markets go online with EV SSL - ING and Sony Bank.

Tim Callan | 03 May 2007 | 0 comments

Once again we see that EV SSL is a worldwide phenomenon. On this page you can access the Japanese version of our slick new EV SSL demo. If you don't read Kanji, just click on the red box near the top middle and watch away.

Tim Callan | 01 May 2007 | 0 comments

Here's an interesting article on fraudulent use of Google Adwords to plant key loggers on client systems. It's an example of another crafty way that the criminal community is finding to exploit ambiguity about who you're connecting to. In this case the criminals were passing through a site that installed a key logger on the way to the real site. But it's equally easy to imagine setting up a bona fide phishing site or an entirely fake online store/bank/loan site/trading site to do the same thing.

Enter authenticated identity, AKA Extended Validation. Now when you click on an Adword that appears to be from a business you know, you have better methods of verifying that it's truly that business....