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Tim Callan | 22 Jun 2006 | 0 comments

Here is an interesting site in which CS professor and open source developer Amir Herzberg maintains a list of prominent online businesses that maintain unprotected logins. These businesses aid phishing attempts on their own sites by using practices that eliminate some fo the information you can use to distinguish a genuine site from a fake. It's thought-provoking site, and I suggest you check it out.

Tim Callan | 14 Jun 2006 | 0 comments

Today I'd like to walk you through a scenario where a dedicated criminal could take the sort of information routinely found on unprotected Web forms and use it to your detriment. My friend and fellow VeriSign employee Mike Davies originally called my attention to this potential exploit, so I'd like to thank him.

Tim Callan | 07 Jun 2006 | 0 comments

Another giant of the e-commerce industry has chosen to put the VeriSign Secured Seal on its shopping cart page. OfficeMax joins its peer Staples in showing off its choice of best-in-breed SSL security. In this case OfficeMax has placed the seal directly next to the Checkout button on the shopping cart page. I presume this decision was to reassure shoppers about the safety of their purchases at a key abandonment point, which is moving from the cart to the checkout process.

Tim Callan | 02 Jun 2006 | 0 comments

This E-Commerce Times article gives an overview of our current situation of diminished online trust and what some industry players are doing to try and solve the problem. It's not a bad primer if you're just getting involved with this subject matter.

Tim Callan | 01 Jun 2006 | 1 comment

Here's an innovative new example of how a business can use the VeriSign Secured Seal to promote its best-in-industry security. In this case, a leading art supplies e-tailer, has chosen to issue a press release about its decision to display the VeriSign Secured Seal.

Tim Callan | 31 May 2006 | 0 comments

Recently QVC chose to display the VeriSign Secured Seal on its home page. That's cool because QVC is a top-20 online shopping site, but it's cool for another reason as well.

Tim Callan | 17 May 2006 | 0 comments

Busy morning today. VeriSign announced its intention to acquire GeoTrust for approximately $125 million in cash.

Tim Callan | 15 May 2006 | 2 comments

Nielsen/NetRatings recently reported the top converting e-commerce sites for February. They were:
Lands' End
Office Depot
Home Shopping Network

You may have noticed flower shops at the top of this list, which makes sense considering that it's February. What you may not have noticed is that all ten of the top converting sites use VeriSign SSL. Furthermore, four of the ten(Proflowers, eBay, Symantec, and HSN) have chosen to display the VeriSign Secured Seal on their sites.

Tim Callan | 11 May 2006 | 0 comments

While we're on the topic of Canada, here's a nice article on SSL certificate management from ITWorldCanada. At one point the article quotes a site administrator on the time savings he gets with a managed solution.

Ordering and issuing certificates now takes minutes instead of weeks. Niazi says he assigned three new certificates in only 15 minutes. "That's usually a two-week process," he says.

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