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Tim Callan | 26 Sep 2006 | 0 comments

I've written quite a bit on this blog about what has carried the code name High Assurance SSL Certificates. Well, the industry consortium creating the new standard has decided on an official name for them, which is Extended Validation. So when you see me writing about Extended Validation or EV SSL Certificates - or when you see these terms in the press or on a company's Web site - we're referring to what up to now has been referred to as High Assurance.

Tim Callan | 21 Sep 2006 | 0 comments

Here's an interesting blog entry getting under the covers of a recent phishing attack. For anyone who's interested in the subject, it's a worthwhile read.

Tim Callan | 20 Sep 2006 | 0 comments

I just had an article appear in Internet Retailer Magazine on High Assurance SSL Certificates. It's a general overview of the upcoming new certificate type as it stands today, a good primer for anyone who wants to become familiar with this important development in the Web's secure backbone.

Tim Callan | 15 Sep 2006 | 2 comments

In response to one of my postings on High Assurance SSL, I recently received this (slightly paraphrased) question:

Why not make domain authentication SSL Certificates invalid?

Tim Callan | 12 Sep 2006 | 0 comments

According to VeriSign's Domain Name Industry Brief, the Internet just surpassed over 100 million domain names for the first time in history. That's a great milestone. The Domain Name Industry Brief is a very cool, and you can always find the latest reports on this page.

Tim Callan | 11 Sep 2006 | 0 comments

This article talks about the recent conviction of a couple of Canadian online serial scammers. In this case the criminals set up fake vacation sites and sold vacations that did not exist. They shut each site down after a short period of time and then put up the next. In the process thousands of U.K. would-be customers were scammed out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Tim Callan | 08 Sep 2006 | 0 comments

The latest of the leaders in online business to choose display of the VeriSign Secured Seal is Charles Schwab, aka Schwab joins the ranks of fellow investment services providers such as E*TRADE and Scottrade in proudly displaying that they use best-of-breed SSL security to protect their customers. These sites are particularly gratifying because in many ways they (like banks) represent the pinnacle of online security requirements. Customers go to these sites to perform very sensitive, valuable, and...

Tim Callan | 06 Sep 2006 | 0 comments

Forrester Research has just forecast $211 billion in online retail and travel sales in 2006. The continued growth in this forecast matches the direct impression that I have been getting, along with other industry watchers I know. One thing that's interesting is that the Forrester numbers in part owe themselves to "higher conversion rates." It's clear that online businesses are getting smarter about maximizing the value of a site visitor, which is part owes itself to converting more of those visitors into sales. I've written in the past about the research indicating that premium online security brands will increase Web sales and the VeriSign Secured Seal's role in that. I've also...

Tim Callan | 05 Sep 2006 | 0 comments

Today VeriSign announced the completion of the acquisition of GeoTrust. We're very excited about it. We look forward to building a direct customer relationships with the existing GeoTrust customers as well as working with the excellent community of GeoTrust resellers.

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.