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Tim Callan | 25 Jan 2007 | 0 comments

I'm pleased to announce that PayPal has rolled out Extended Validation SSL Certificates from VeriSign across the first of its pages. You can see them at:

Tim Callan | 23 Jan 2007 | 0 comments

We're seeing many VeriSign Extended Validation SSL Certificates going live on sites. Here are examples from a variety of important industry segments.

Online retail: Stardock
Taxes: KPMG (Spain)
Loans: DebtHelp
Online bill payment: EX Service Solutions
Banking: NIH Federal Credit Union
Travel: New Market Holidays (UK)
Government: Indiana Department of Revenue
Health care:...

Tim Callan | 14 Jan 2007 | 3 comments

Here are a couple sites you can go to to see Extended Validation in action. Note, to see the Extended Validation SSL interface conventions working today, you need a Windows Vista system with Phishing Filter enabled. After EV Upgrader goes live later this month, you'll be able to see EV certificates on a Windows XP system with IE7.

One site where you can see EV SSL at work today is DebtHelp, a debt and loan consolidation site. The other one, as you might guess, is VeriSign's home page. I'll try to post some screen captures for those of you who don't have Vista yet. Those of you who do will notice that the address bar turns green and to the right of the address bar is the new field, the Security Status Bar, which shows the name of the organization and...

Tim Callan | 09 Jan 2007 | 0 comments

I just published this article in Network World on the subject of Extended Validation SSL Certificates. Naturally. This article is a good overview of the latest in EV SSL and where it stands today.

Tim Callan | 07 Jan 2007 | 1 comment

Here's an interesting article on the growth in online spending brought to us by PC World. Not only was 2006 the largest year ever, but we saw new characteristics than ever before. For example Black Monday/Cyber Monday was not the largest spending day of the year. Black Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving, and for many years it's been the year's largest online shopping day. This year three days in December exceeded Black Monday.

Tim Callan | 05 Jan 2007 | 0 comments

Larry Seltzer of eWeek has these things to say about Extended Validation SSL. In many ways this article is less about the actual Extended Validation SSL Certificates themselves than about the debate surrounding this new certificate type. For example, Larry's opening sentence reads,

"It seems like every time people get together to do something about a security problem, other people get together to whine about it. "

Tim Callan | 28 Dec 2006 | 1 comment

Gartner reports $2 billion lost e-commerce sales in 2006 due to consumer security fears. Gartner's report is based on a study of 5000 U.S. adults. This article quotes Gartner analyst Avivah Litan, who says,

"[T]his year, more people were stopping online banking than last year and also lowering their online purchasing dollars."

According to Gartner more than 10% of adults had cut their online spending to less than half of the previous year's. That means at least a 5% overall loss of revenue for e-commerce sites and 5% lost online transations for banks. In other words, if an e-commerce site that sells $1 million worth of merchandise a year actually could be selling at least $50,000 more a year if its customers were fully...

Tim Callan | 22 Dec 2006 | 0 comments

Here are a couple of worthwhile bloggings motivated by the recent Wall Street Journal article on Extended Validation.

Bruce Schneier has a fairly short posting that motivated a lot of discussion in the comments section. I certainly see some good information floating through these comments. At the same time there are some wrong assumptions as well. I'll endeavor to put up a posting soon and set some of these errors straight.

Microsoft responded to this flurry of press activity with a posting of its own on the IEBlog. It's a cogent explanation of the current limitations, their reasons, and the alternatives available to businesses...

Tim Callan | 19 Dec 2006 | 0 comments

Interesting story this morning on CNBC about the growing demand for EV certificates. This story points out the power of the Extended Validation SSL interface to online shoppers and focuses on the question of how widely available they will become. The reporter maintains (and I would agree) that EV is such a strong tool in protecting online commerce that we need to make it available to as many businesses as possible as soon as possible. The article includes an example of what the EV certificate will look like on after green bars go live (...

Tim Callan | 15 Dec 2006 | 0 comments offers its security predictions for 2007. Included is a very thoughtful article about the SSL's increasing place in assuring online trust and the return of identity promise. Although this article doesn't mention Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates by name, the increased role it predicts for SSL Certificates corresponds very closely to the reasons for and promise of EV.