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Tim Callan | 14 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

A new report from Gartner states that the number of phishing incidents rose 39.8% with an average loss per incident of $351. This article summarizes Gartner's recommended response for online businesses,

Gartner recommends that enterprises continue to deploy and improve security solutions that protect accounts and customers against attacks. Enterprises that are custodians of customer accounts should also consider site authentication or assurance to confirm to a customer that he or she is on a legitimate Web site and not a spoof site.

Gartner analyst Avivah Latan goes on to suggest a layered security approach as the best response to phishing.

Tim Callan | 13 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

If you're going to Net.Finance in Las Vegas next week, I'm speaking in the main session on Tuesday morning with Jason Dufner of Flagstar Bank. The title of my presentation is Reputation Management: Consumer Trust Is More Than Just Security. I'll be tweeting on how it went.

Tim Callan | 09 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

I've been doing Tim Callan's SSL Blog for just over three years and have put up over 300 posts. For a while I've been itching to branch out into some other media. Therefore I'm pleased to introduce you to Tim Callan's SSL Vlog. The purpose for the vlog is to better match the medium to the message. Blogs are great for linking and for in-depth discussion of matters the readers already understand. Vlogs allow verbal explanations, which for many people is an easier way to digest concepts that are new to them. Therefore at least at the beginning I intend to use this vlog to lay groundwork about how our e-commerce security infrastructure works and what the big trends are in the ecosystem. Just as I figured out the ins and outs of how I could best use my blog to contribute to the public dialog, I expect to go through a similar process with vlogging...

Tim Callan | 06 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

Readers of The SSL Blog, you have spoken. Today the Security Bloggers Meetup announced the finalists for its Social Security Awards for best security blog in a variety of categories. I am a finalist in the Best Corporate Blog category, and my fellow VeriSign blogger Branden Williams is a finalist in the Most Entertaining Security Blog category for his Security Convergence blog.

Tim Callan | 04 Apr 2009 | 0 comments

I've been waiting for it to happen, and here we are. Apple officially wins the smartphone race for Extended Validation SSL support. That's because Mobile Safari now has Extended Validation SSL support. On the heels of Internet Explorer's adoption of EV support in January 2007, the desktop saw a wave of browsers adding in support. With over 60% of mobile browser usage, iPhone is the pacesetter in this market. I hope Apple has broken the ice for mobile devices to do the same thing.

Tim Callan | 03 Apr 2009 | 1 comment

With the release of Safari 4 and the ongoing adoption of current versions of other browsers, the number of client systems using EV-compatible browsers has exceeded 75%.

Tim Callan | 19 Mar 2009 | 2 comments

I participate in the Security Bloggers Meet-Up at the RSA Security Conference. This year we're having a contest for best blogs, and if you read The SSL Blog, I'd love to solicit your vote. I'm running for Best Corporate Security Blog. Some good reasons to vote for me (apart from the timely, frequent, and informative posts) is the fact that I write SSL poetry and that I'm funny.

It couldn't be easier.

1) Go to the awards voting page (

2) Read the instructions if you feel like it and then hit Next.

3) Fill in...

Tim Callan | 17 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

I've written in the past about how phishers and other online scammers are attaching themselves to topical items like tax season and holiday shopping. Well, now it looks like March Madness is the latest victim.

That makes all the sense in the world. These fraudsters are trying to trick Internet users into giving away information or giving malware access to their systems. Originally it was a matter of spoofing someone's PayPal or bank account. As the users have gotten wiser (although these workhorse counterfeits are still happening in huge numbers) the attackers have constantly sought green fields. One consistent technique is to take the prospective victim out of the context in which he is looking for a scam. Your bank account is too suspicious? No problem. How about your utility bill or your favorite e-commerce site or your wireless phone...

Tim Callan | 13 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

This article in Computing Magazine points out VeriSign as one of ten IT vendors who are continuing to be successful in the economic downturn. The article attributed this success to "[t]he successful business of online security."

Tim Callan | 12 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

That's right. There is an entire continent on which 100% of the Internet browsers are EV SSL compatible. What's the continent? Antarctica, of course.