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Brook R. Chelmo | 24 Jul 2013 | 0 comments

As you search, and surf online; from time to time you may well come across a warning from your browser saying the site contains malware or perhaps that the connection is untrusted.  A recent study from UC Berkeley and Google, called Alice in Warningland, indicates that many of us choose to ignore these warnings on a daily basis. So if you do encounter these warnings what should you do?  What do they mean?  Let me guide you quickly through these and give some solid advice for staying safe online. 

The Website Ahead Contains Malware (Chrome); Reported Attack Page (Firefox)

Response:  STOP! Do Not Proceed!

What this means:  The site or individual page has been infected with Malware. Malware is malicious software that can do a variety of things most of them bad so you definitely want to...

Tim Callan | 02 Jul 2009 | 1 comment

Hi folks. Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I've been slammed.

Writing today because Firefox 3.5 has broken the download record for a new browser version with over 8 million downloads in a single day. One subject that has been the source online discussion is the fact that the EV certificates for a series of SSL brands (four that I know of) have stopped showing up green in Firefox 3.5.

You can be assured that this problem does not happen with the EV SSL Certificates from VeriSign, thawte, or GeoTrust.

Tim Callan | 10 Sep 2008 | 0 comments

Apologies for pointing to kind of an old article, but this article goes into depth on how Firefox 3 handles errors with SSL Certificates. These errors include such things as domain name mismatches, expired certificates, and untrusted (e.g. self-signed) roots. The comments on the article also include a lively and intelligent discussion of the issues surrounding self-signed certificates.

Tim Callan | 16 Jun 2008 | 0 comments

If you're reading an SSL Blog like this one, you probably already have heard that Firefox 3 is due for release tomorrow. What you may not have heard is that Opera 9.5 is released and available for download now. Adding these to Internet Explorer 7, in two days the industry has tripled the number of browsers compatible with EV SSL.

Tim Callan | 07 May 2008 | 0 comments

Mozilla Corporation member Deb Richardson gives us this thorough tour of the new trust indicators in Firefox 3. Apparently Firefox will have a five-tiered color scheme, which goes (in decreasing order of trust):

Green - EV SSL Certificate. Complete idenity known, both domain and organization.
Blue - SSL Certificate. Partial identity know. Domain only.
Gray - no information.
Yellow - invalid certificate. Deb's example includes a self-signed certificate.
Red - phishing site.

The careful observer will notice that this scheme is very similar to (though not identical to) IE7's four-tier system of green, "clear" (white), yellow, and red. The...

Tim Callan | 21 Feb 2008 | 0 comments

First big development. Firefox 3 in out in beta 3. And it has Extended Validation support.

Like Internet Explorer 7, Firefox 3 includes a green-colored bar at the top of the chrome that displays when accessing a site with an EV SSL Certificate. This green bar sits adjacent to the URL and contains the name of the organization and the country. There certainly are some cosmetic differences, like the fact that the organization name is to the left of the domain address in Firefox and to the right in IE7. In the grand scheme of things I don't view these differences as important.

As Firefox moves into release, you can expect me to track milestones and adoption for this browser, just as I have for IE7 and will for any other significant browser that comes out with EV...

Tim Callan | 26 Dec 2007 | 0 comments

Okay, I got back from my vacation and installed Firefox Beta 2 today. Contrary to early reports, it does not appear to have any support for EV SSL included. I'll continue to look into it and let you know if my initial ten-minute squint at the product is wrong, but for now I think we need to await Beta 3.

Tim Callan | 21 Dec 2007 | 0 comments

Firefox 3 beta release 2 is available, and it has support for Extended Validation SSL. As covered earier by the SSL Blog, Firefox has some other SSL improvements built in as well. I just downloaded and haven't installed it yet. I'll get it running and let you know what I see.

Tim Callan | 20 Nov 2007 | 0 comments

Well, it's official. Firefox 3 is available in beta. The improvements described in the release notes fall into the main categories of security, usability, development platform, and performance. The items that directly have to do with SSL include:

Click the site favicon in the location bar to see who owns the site. Identity verification is prominently displayed and easier to understand. In later versions, Extended Validation SSL certificate information will be displayed.

New SSL error pages: clearer and stricter error pages are used when Firefox encounters an invalid SSL certificate.