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Tim Callan | 02 Sep 2006 | 2 comments

As you know the release dates of Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Vista will be very important to the world of SSL Certificates, as IE 7 will add the capability for High Assurance SSL Certificates and its Phishing Filter and Windows Vista will cause OCSP to be defaulted to on, which will result in stronger revokation checking. Well, Microsoft just went to RC 1 with Windows Vista, which goes out to an estimated 6 million beta testers.

Tim Callan | 28 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

About a month ago Bill Gates stated in public that he's 80% confident in an on-time shipment of Windows Vista. Microsoft's official expected Vista ship date is January, 2007. Furthermore, Microsoft expects to make pre-release versions available for large enterprising for pilot testing in November, 2006.

Tim Callan | 24 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

Today Microsoft made its Internet Explorer Release Candidate 1 available. As with previous versions of the browser, the Web site describes it as "easier and more secure." High Assurance SSL helps Microsoft with both of those missions, of course. More secure because High Assurance SSL gives users the tools to have greater confidence in a site's authentic identity and to more effectively choose which sites they trust and which they do not. Easier because previously enigmatic and inscrutible certificate information is now presented in easy, intelligible, sensible interfaces.

Tim Callan | 23 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

I'm a big fan of Stephen Colbert. We're fortunate that the Colbert Report gave us this segment on how to protect yourself online. Enjoy.

Tim Callan | 21 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

The estimated number of views of the VeriSign Secured Seal has exceeded 80 million per day. That averages over 29 billion views of the VeriSign Secured Seal per year. If we want to say there are 500 million active Internet users in the world, that averages almost 60 views per active user per year, or about five seals viewed per month. Each.

Tim Callan | 17 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

I wrote not too long ago about a very interesting paper published by faculty of Harvard and UC Berkeley on "Why phishing works." I just discovered this interview with one of the authors. It provides a good capsule summary of the research and goes into some more detail on certain points.

Tim Callan | 15 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

If you missed the very well attended Web seminar on High Assurance SSL, we archived it for you. Now I have a more direct link to the seminar so you don't have to go through all the steps I originally laid out. You can get directly to the High Assurance SSL Certificates seminar as well as a bunch of other VeriSign seminars. At the time of posting mine is about five down on the list. After the seminar you'll want to read the follow-up questions on High Assurance SSL. These links are especially useful if you have a co-worker, let's say, who missed the seminar. Now you can send the link and that co-worker can get the straight story on the big, new developments in...

Tim Callan | 13 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

As one of VeriSign's representatives to the CA/Browser Forum - the body that is putting together the details of the new High Assurance SSL standard - I have had opportunity to think about success criteria for a widespread anti-phishing measure. I have come up with four criteria.

Tim Callan | 02 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

In April of this year faculty from Harvard and UC Berkeley released a research paper titled "Why Phishing Works." The researchers showed panelists a series of pages from Web sites that would be considered likely phishing targets. Some of these pages were the real thing from the actual sites, and some of them were fraud sites taken from actual recent phishing attacks.

Tim Callan | 01 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

Microsoft recently announced that they would push an update from IE6 to IE7 using the Automatic Updates feature in Windows XP. Users will have to allow the installation to take place, but I believe most of them will.

Why do I bring this up? It's going to result in much faster adoption of IE7 than most of us originally had anticipated. Considering that I've been expecting adoption to be quite rapid, that's saying something. This update has the potential to push many tens of millions of IE7 browsers into the market literally overnight.