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Is Your Browser Safe?

January 18, 2010 by Steve Duncan     No Comments

When Britain and France urge users to change from Internet Explorer due to security flaws they may be missing the point. The right thing to do is to upgrade to the latest version.

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Site Seals: Reasons to use them. Reasons not to.

January 17, 2010 by Steve Duncan     No Comments

Is it worthwhile displaying a site seal on a site to reinforce consumer security? Three reasons why it’s a good idea. And three reasons why it isn’t.

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768-bit RSA Encryption finally broken

January 8, 2010 by Steve Duncan     No Comments

It was only a matter of time before it happened, but a group of researchers have cracked the 768-bit RSA encryption.    An international team of cryptographers, scientists and mathematicians spent two-and-a-half years with hundreds of computers, and finally broke the encryption.  Just the first step of the computation took the equivalent of 1,500 years [Read More...]

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Is it Paypal? Or is it Paypal?

January 4, 2010 by Steve Duncan     No Comments

New character types can now be used in domain names. Does that mean we can no longer rely on domain names to verify against phishing sites?

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Phishing is Here to Stay: 1 in 200 are Victimized

December 14, 2009 by Steve Duncan     No Comments

I guess its not that surprising, but a new report indicates that .47 percent of banking customers fall victim to a phishing site every year.  This clearly demonstrates that phishers have a large market to address and are obviously seeing a return on their investments.  That means we can expect to see even more phishing [Read More...]

Security Considerations of Wildcard Certificates

December 11, 2009 by Steve Duncan     No Comments

If you’re considering buying wildcard certificates to simplify management, you need to consider the risks….then consider a certificate management system instead.

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Getting really technical: The first 220 milliseconds of SSL

December 11, 2009 by Steve Duncan     No Comments

Anybody want a really technical description of what happens when an SSL session starts?  With the help of some network tools and a special version of Firefox, Jeff Moser details exactly what happens to change the address bar color and put a lock in the corner.  It’s not as simple as you might think.  Check [Read More...]

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