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Tim Callan | 23 Oct 2006 | 0 comments

In case you missed the big news, Internet Exporer 7 is out of release candidates and available for public download. I'll remind you that probably the biggest driver behind this release was the need for enhanced security, and security is what SSL is all about. To quote IE7's description on the Microsoft site,

Internet Explorer 7 provides security through a robust new architecture, security features that help defend against malicious software (also known as malware), and new ways to better protect against the theft of personal data from fraudulent websites, a practice known as phishing.

And of course, that's why we've been working so hard to bring you Extended Validation SSL...

Tim Callan | 24 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

Today Microsoft made its Internet Explorer Release Candidate 1 available. As with previous versions of the browser, the Web site describes it as "easier and more secure." High Assurance SSL helps Microsoft with both of those missions, of course. More secure because High Assurance SSL gives users the tools to have greater confidence in a site's authentic identity and to more effectively choose which sites they trust and which they do not. Easier because previously enigmatic and inscrutible certificate information is now presented in easy, intelligible, sensible interfaces.

Tim Callan | 01 Aug 2006 | 0 comments

Microsoft recently announced that they would push an update from IE6 to IE7 using the Automatic Updates feature in Windows XP. Users will have to allow the installation to take place, but I believe most of them will.

Why do I bring this up? It's going to result in much faster adoption of IE7 than most of us originally had anticipated. Considering that I've been expecting adoption to be quite rapid, that's saying something. This update has the potential to push many tens of millions of IE7 browsers into the market literally overnight.

Tim Callan | 12 Jul 2006 | 0 comments

As the new High Assurance SSL standard makes its way into the public's awareness, I've run into an interesting gap in the way people think about the browsers that come to their site. It comes about when someone is considering how the two forms of extended SSL capability interact with each other. Those two forms of extended capability are High Assurance (highest authentication certificates) and Server Gated Cryptography (strongest encryption certificates).

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 | 14 Apr 2006 | 0 comments

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'...

Tim Callan | 05 Apr 2006 | 0 comments

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...