Posts by wthayer

When to Choose an Extended Validation Certificate

Posted by on March 25, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

In our last post, we made a case for using Organizationally Validated (OV) or Extended Validation (EV) certificates for e-commerce, but we didn’t go into detail about the differences between OV and EV. EV certificates provide the highest level of assurance about your business, and they visually indicate this to your site’s visitors. The telltale sign that a business has obtained an EV certificate for their website is commonly referred to as the “green bar” displayed in the browser. The exact form of the indicator varies in different desktop and mobile browsers, but is...

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Pros and Cons of Single-Domain, Multi-Domain, and Wildcard Certificates

Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Blog | 5 comments

We have previously written about the different types of SSL certificates, but in that article we focused on validation levels. A recent post on LinkedIn highlighted the fact that there is another dimension that we haven’t yet explored. SSL certificates come in three basic packages: “single-domain” certificates that can only be used on one specific website, “multi-domain” certificates that can be used on more than one website, and “wildcard” certificates that can be used on any website within a specific domain name. Multi-domain certificates are often...

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Ten Steps to Take If Your Website Is Compromised

Posted by on February 12, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

After the news broke that 40 million credit card numbers were stolen from Target in a data breach of epic proportions, many of their customers went to work checking their accounts for fraudulent purchases and replacing cards we’d used recently at Target. These have become standard responses to news of this sort. In much the same way, there are some common actions that you should be aware of if your website becomes compromised. Many millions of websites are compromised and infected with various forms of malware every year. By one account, more than 10,000 sites are blacklisted by Google every...

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It’s Time for TLS 1.2

Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

In a previous post titled Getting the Most Out of SSL Part 2, we touched on the recommendation that Web servers be configured to prefer Transport Layer Security (TLS) version 1.2. With the planned release of Firefox 24 and recent release of Chrome 29 adding support for TLS 1.2, now is a great time for website administrators to make the switch. Transport Layer Security was formerly called Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and is the protocol that enables secure “https://” connections to websites. TLS 1.2 was defined 5 years ago in RFC 5246, and TLS 1.1 dates all the way back to RFC 4346...

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Firefox 23 Blocks Mixed Content

Posted by on August 13, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

The latest version of the Firefox Web browser from Mozilla was released on August 6th with a great new security feature called a “mixed content blocker”. In a nutshell, this feature ensures that all of the parts of a secure Website are indeed encrypted via SSL certificates. All of the data on the website is prevented from being intercepted, and it becomes more difficult to add malware into the site’s content. Google published statistics a few years ago showing that the average number of external scripts and stylesheets on a page is roughly 10, and that number has likely...

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