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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.

Tim Callan | 25 Jul 2006 | 0 comments

I got some good questions from last week's High Assurance SSL Web seminar. I'll repeat some of the best ones and my replies here.

Tim Callan | 24 Jul 2006 | 0 comments

Last week I gave my Web seminar for High Assurance SSL Certificates. We had an outstanding 780 attendees on the seminar, with a great deal of feedback as well as real-time polls and their results. The recording is available for listening at the link above.

Tim Callan | 17 Jul 2006 | 0 comments

Here's a great one that just went up on the VeriSign site the other day. European online travel giant Opodo recently measured the effectiveness of the VeriSign Secured Seal in increasing sales. Opodo sent traffic to the exact same set of Web pages except that one batch of site visitors saw a page with the VeriSign Secured Seal present and one did not. Sales on the pages with the seal were 10% higher than on those without. You can read the full case study on how Opodo uses VeriSign SSL to increase online commerce transactions here.

Tim Callan | 14 Jul 2006 | 0 comments

On this coming Tuesday I will be giving a Web seminar on High Assurance SSL. This presentation will go over what High Assurance certificates are, how they will work in the browsers, how authentication standards will change for this standard, expected browser support, and anticipated availability. It's FREE to anyone who wants to register.

Tim Callan | 12 Jul 2006 | 0 comments

As the new High Assurance SSL standard makes its way into the public's awareness, I've run into an interesting gap in the way people think about the browsers that come to their site. It comes about when someone is considering how the two forms of extended SSL capability interact with each other. Those two forms of extended capability are High Assurance (highest authentication certificates) and Server Gated Cryptography (strongest encryption certificates).

Tim Callan | 27 Jun 2006 | 0 comments

Here's a cool site in the UK with a lot of information on protection of online information. I became aware of it because VeriSign is a sponsor, but I couldn't help noticing that the site has picked up this SSL Blog along with Bruce Schneier's Security Blog and Richard Steinnon's Threat Chaos Blog. It's a good site and well worth a read.

Tim Callan | 23 Jun 2006 | 0 comments

Howdy folks. I'll be on vacation for the next two weeks. I may post, but I might not. After that I'll certainly be back and writing once again.