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    Created: Tim Callan 27 Apr 2006

    Best Buy chooses to display the VeriSign Secured Seal

    Consumer electronics giant Best Buy has chosen to display the VeriSign Secured Seal on its home page and as far as I can see every other page on the site. Best Buy joins the likes of eBay, PayPal, Staples, Overstock, and Wal-Mart in employing the VeriSign Secured Seal. (Boy, that's a lot of links in one sentence.) Certainly I'm pleased when any online retailer displays the VeriSign Secured Seal. What's particularly nice about these pillars of e-commerce is that they...
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    Created: Tim Callan 26 Apr 2006

    Greetings from Infosec!

    As I'm writing it's 12:30 pm Greenwich Mean Time on day two of Infosecurity Europe (AKA Infosec), which means we're exactly halfway through the show. I've been booked solid between three presentations a day and meeting members of press, customers, and persons generally interested in the new High Assurance SSL standard. The level of interest here has been very high. Most of the people I talk to already understand that security fears are stifling online business and that phishing continues to be an unsolved problem. Likewise, they get how the new browser behaviors around High Assurance will dramatically improve the situation. For your background, Infosec is Europe's largest IT security show and typically has about 15,000 attendees, most of them IT professionals with some level of security responsibility. It's extremely gratifying to see the level of interest in this new development.
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    Created: Tim Callan 22 Apr 2006

    It won't actually be called High Assurance SSL. Why not, and what should it be called?

    In a recent post I alluded to a lack of clarity around the name of the new higher-authentication SSL standard. Up to now it's been code-named High Assurance SSL, but that name won't be the final one. I want to give you the background and spell out some criteria for an effective name.
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    Created: Tim Callan 20 Apr 2006

    CSO Magazine has two nice articles on phishing

    I read a couple nice articles in CSO Magazine recently. One has a nice, comprehensive summary of phishing as it exists today and pragmatic things site owners can do to combat it. The other is a summary of e-mail certificates and how they fit into phishing prevention.
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    Created: Tim Callan 18 Apr 2006

    Why are so many Web forms unprotected?

    One thing that continues to amaze me is the very large number of Web forms I see on line that are not protected with any SSL at all. While I do occasionally notice a Web form that actually requests a credit card order and doesn't offer at least the encryption that comes with the presence of an SSL Certificate, I'm not even talking about these gross offenders. What's much more common is the sites requesting information one step down from a credit card in sensitivity that don't bother to make the minimal investment in security for their site visitors that an SSL Certificate entails.
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    Created: Tim Callan 14 Apr 2006

    New phishing exploit emphasizes importance of high security browsers

    A new exploit has been discovered that makes it possible for a phisher to fake a URL in the address bar of any Internet Explorer 6 browser, including the latest and most secure versions. I expect Microsoft will fix this exploit pretty quickly. However, this exploit highlights the value of increasing the phishing security in browsers. Firefox took the first important steps in this effort at the end of 2004. Browsers like Netscape and Opera followed suit, and now we're anticipating Microsoft's addition to the high-security browser market with Internet Explorer 7. Phishers will continue to discover new ways to trick people, of course, and we as an industry must maintain our laser focus on preventing those tricks wherever possible. VeriSign'...
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    Created: Tim Callan 13 Apr 2006

    Come see me at Infosecurity Europe

    I will be presenting at Infosec this year. Infosec is Europe's largest IT security conference, and it takes place April 25 through 27. I am presenting on High Assurance SSL and will go over why they matter, how they work, what they'll look like in the browser, and when you can get one. If you're going to be at InfoSec, make a point of attending this presentation. I will be presenting in the London Room, which is right by the front entrance of the show. I'm scheduled to go on April 25 from 2:35 to 3:10.
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    Created: Tim Callan 12 Apr 2006

    Half a million active SSL Certificates, baby!

    We just did our quarterly certificate count, and for the first time in history a CA has passed the half million mark for active SSL Certificates. Just in case you're wondering, it's VeriSign. An active SSL Certificate is a certificate in its validity period that has not been revoked, and therefore this certificate count implies that VeriSign SSL is securing over half a million Web servers simultaneously. Right now. I don't know about you, but I think that's pretty cool.
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    Created: Tim Callan 11 Apr 2006

    Vista to release in January 2007. So what about IE7?

    On March 21 Microsoft announced the slip of Vista to January 2007. Or more accurately we might say not earlier than January 2007. Don't confuse this post with a Microsoft bash. Operating systems are big, complicated platforms with giant, labyrinthine sets of hardware, software, peripherals, APIs, standards, and protocols to support. It takes a long time to get one right, and I'd rather they released it when ready than rushed something to market too early. The reason I'm talking about this announcement is that the ship date for IE 7 may be tied to the ship date for Vista. IE 7 has been positioned as a part of the Vista release, and although a backrev version will be provided at least for XP, it's still a reasonable scenario that IE 7 will not go to GA status until Vista is in gold disk. This question matters to SSL of course, because IE 7 will in many ways offer the most...
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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.