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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:

Proflowers.com
1-800-Flowers.com
Lands' End
QVC
eBay
Office Depot
Amazon
Symantec
Crate&Barrel
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.

To read the second page of the article (and hence this quote), you'll have to sign up. But it's free.

Tim Callan | 08 May 2006 | 0 comments

Today's entry is about my neighbors to the North, Canada. In particular I want to talk about VeriSign's recent acquisition of Soltrus, which until that acquisition had been VeriSign's SSL affiliate in Canada.

Tim Callan | 06 May 2006 | 0 comments

Sorry for the gap in posting. I've been traveling on business for the CA/Browser Forum, which is the industry consortium that is putting the High Assurance SSL standard together. However, I have a couple cool articles for you here. One is a write up on High Assurance that appeared in IT Week, which I believe is the UK's largest weekly IT publication. The second is an interesting write up in Marketing Sherpa about some scientific testing a major e-commerce site did around the effectiveness of trust marks.

Tim Callan | 03 May 2006 | 4 comments

I just received a comment on my post about the VeriSign Secured Seal on Best Buy accusing me of being US-centric. Granted I do live in the states, but the VeriSign Secured Seal is a worldwide phenomenon.

The number of sites displaying the VeriSign Secured Seal just surpassed the 60,000 mark. These sites span 125 countries, and on non-holiday weekdays over 50 million people view a VeriSign Secured Seal on at least one Web site. That's over 18 billion instances of a person looking at a VeriSign Secured Seal in a year. And there are only 6 billion of us on the planet.

Wow.

Tim Callan | 01 May 2006 | 0 comments

Travel home from the UK knocked me out of commission for a couple of days, and my schedule last week was pretty hectic as well, so I never got a chance to mention that the Internet Explorer 7 beta 2 release is available for download.

Tim Callan | 28 Apr 2006 | 2 comments

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...

Tim Callan | 26 Apr 2006 | 2 comments

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.