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Website Security Solutions allow companies and consumers to engage in communications and commerce online with trust and confidence. With more than one and a half million web servers using our SSL certificates, an infrastructure that processes more than four and a half billion certificate checks daily, and a trust mark that is seen more than half a billion times a day in 170 countries, the Norton Secured seal is the most recognized symbol of trust on the Internet.

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    Created: Tim Callan 06 Apr 2006

    It's tax time. Are you safe filing online?

    Well, it's April. In the United States, April means taxes. And in recent years, April means huge numbers of tax returns filing online. Last year over ten million tax returns were filed on the Internet. This year I expect the numbers to greatly exceed last year's. Why do I bring this up? Tax returns in many ways are the poster children for the need for online security. Where else do you have all the information a criminal requires to steal your identity gathered together in a single, convenient place? Your return includes your Social Security Number, full name, spouse's name, and address. It says the banks in which you have accounts, whether or not you own a home, and even how much you make, so the criminals can more easily target the highest value victims.
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    Created: Tim Callan 05 Apr 2006

    Security bulletin from SANS Institute

    A tip of the hat to the SANS Institute for today's bulletin advising site administrators to upgrade their VeriSign security seals to the most current architecture. This new architecture makes it easier for site visitors to distinguish genuine VeriSign seals from spoofs and therefore decreases a site's vulnerability to phishing attacks. The SANS Institute is a widely respected provider of information security training and certification. Way to go, guys.
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    Created: Tim Callan 05 Apr 2006

    MIT research on phishing solutions

    This NetworkWorld article describes the presentations of some MIT researchers in the areas of wireless networking and phishing. The phishing portion in particular was interesting to me in that it reports, Given that phishing schemes are so tricky, [MIT Assistant Professor] Miller's team is concentrating its efforts on redesigning browsers so that a user's intentions are clear to them. In other words, if a user wants to go to the site of a certain retailer, the browser would confirm the real URL for the retailer rather than letting the user go to a similar-looking, but bogus site. Key to doing this is improving not just security but usability, as Miller noted that enough roadblocks have already been thrown in front of users -- in the name of security -- when they try to conduct transactions on the Web. What's noteworthy of course is that this...
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    Created: Tim Callan 03 Apr 2006

    Reality imitates the SSL Blog

    A couple days ago I wrote about the power of secure Internet connections to enable behavior that otherwise on many occasions wouldn't be possible for various of us due to one circumstance or another. Today I am one of those people.
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    Created: Tim Callan 30 Mar 2006

    Protection from phishing a high priority for sites

    This NetworkWorld article shows the extent companies will go to in order to protect themselves from phishing. In this case, we're talking about signing e-mails with digital certificates. Even though it's an added expense that comes with additional IT burden, and even though it only works for a segment of the company's customers, this German bank is still making the investment because it understands the importance of keeping its customers online rather than going in to visit branch offices. This problem is the one that High Assurance SSL Certificates are designed to fix. The companies that know the bottom-line value of customers using the Web site are going to any lengths they can to keep them coming in that way. Once they're able to put High Assurance...
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    Created: Tim Callan 29 Mar 2006

    Web trust marks extensively covered in Internet Retailer

    This month's issue of Internet Retailer magazine contains a great article all about online security marks, how Web sites are using them to increase transaction rates, and how customers respond positively to them. And my quotes are all over it.
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    Created: Tim Callan 28 Mar 2006

    A new kind of SSL Certificate is on the way

    We're on the verge of the most significant development in SSL since the origin of the technology ten years ago. I'm not speaking in hyperbole, either. 2006 will see the widespread adoption of a brand new kind of SSL Certificate. And those among us who download and install the latest browsers will learn to look at SSL-protected Web pages in a whole new way.
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    Created: Tim Callan 27 Mar 2006

    What does SSL have to do with bird flu?

    I read a thought-provoking article today about remote access for Asian information workers as a possible contributor in combatting a potential H5N1 outbreak. It's an interesting idea. It's well demonstrated that businesses and schools are major hubs of virus transmission. By making it possible to workers to get their jobs done and not have a presence in the office, these nexus points for transmission are diminished. In the US we have a phenomenon called presenteeism, which is where you go to work even though you know you shouldn't because you don't want to waste your PTO days sleeping at home. "My co-workers be damned! I'm looking out for numero uno," you say. If you have the ability to work remotely, you can still look out for numero uno but don't have to expose your compatriots to the creeping crud in the process.
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    Created: Tim Callan 25 Mar 2006

    Demystifying the Web's secure backbone

    All right, maybe it's a bit grandiose, but ultimately that's the impetus behind the creation of Tim Callan's SSL Blog. I'm a bit of a utility infielder here at VeriSign's SSL business, and as such I spend my days in a balance between product direction, outbound customer communication, and representing the company's SSL division to partners, press, industry people, and the public at large. This job puts me in the unique position to learn exactly what's going on with this technology, see how it's used by real companies in the real world, and hear the impressions -- both accurate and inaccurate -- held by a broad set of users, online businesses, and vendors who participate in one way or another.