Consumers STILL not sure about online shopping

In a recent survey by security software company – Avira – an astounding 70% of customers said they are either too worried to shop online or they do it anyway - and then worry after. That means only 30% of us are completely at ease while shopping online.

Nearly 23% of survey respondents also went on to say that they only feel safe shopping with well-known brands like Amazon or iTunes.

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Stay Secure while you Tweet and Follow

‘Tweet’ and ‘Follow’ buttons can now be added to secure sites, thanks to a security update by Twitter. This means that secure users no longer have to compromise their security by leaving their HTTPS connections to Tweet.

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Symantec and Extended Validation continue to grow

Symantec – owner of leading SSL brands: VeriSignThawteGeoTrust and RapidSSL – has come out on top of the latest Netcraft survey.

Results showed that nearly 20,000 businesses secured themselves with one of the Symantec brands this month, meaning Symantec remains the worldwide leader in SSL security.

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8 million pages injected with malware

A recent hack attack has put the personal details of countless internet users at risk, by injecting 8 million web pages with malware.

The target has been small US-based online shops and businesses, although it is understood that the malware originated from the Ukraine.

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Good intentions not enough when it comes to patient confidentiality

In a recent survey of IT professionals working in the healthcare industry, GlobalSign – Europe’s longest serving Certificate Authority – found that an excessive amount of time is being spent understanding patient privacy laws rather than implementing security solutions.

It seems that, although with good intentions, many healthcare organisations don’t have the staff to guide them towards encryption solutions. This could be the reason American healthcare insurer, WellPoint.Inc, recently breached 30,000 patient records by transmitting unencrypted files, for which it is now paying a $100,000 settlement fee.

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Does your business need SSL security?

Does your business need SSL encryption and protection? We’ve put together a handy checklist to help you decide.

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Why you should hack yourself

The best way to test whether your organisation is safe from hack attacks is to hack yourself, according to SC Magazine – the world's largest dedicated IT security publication.

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Microsoft expands SSL security

Following its full-session HTTPS encryption for Hotmail last November, Microsoft has now enabled SSL security for its other Windows Live services.

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SSL is a ‘no-brainer’ for Cloud security, says Symantec

Cloud computing has presented businesses with new security challenges, which Symantec says can all be addressed with SSL security.

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Symantec’s window into mobile security

In a bid to help companies understand the security risks involved in employing mobile devices to improve employee productivity, global security leader Symantec this week published “A Window into Mobile Device Security: Examining the security approaches employed in Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android”.

The in-depth evaluation of these leading mobile platforms found that they were built with security in mind – offering better security than PCs. But, and it’s a big but, they are still vulnerable to attack because they were also built with consumers in mind, as opposed to businesses.

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Lulz strikes again, and this time it’s the NHS left feeling unsecured

The group responsible for hacking into Sony has struck again. This time they’ve taken to Twitter to warn the NHS of their lax security.

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Symantec owns nearly 42% of the SSL market

May’s Netcraft Secure Server Survey results are in, and they show that Symantec’s SSL brands – VeriSignThawteGeoTrust and RapidSSL – make up 41.72% of the SSL market. That’s 31% more than their nearest competitor.

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For the first time ever, spammers create their own (fake) url-shortening services

The latest MessageLabs Intelligence Report is in, and May’s spam figures were up by 2.9 percentage points since April 2011 to 75.8% (1 in 1.32 emails).

The report from Symantec reveals that spammers are establishing their own their own fake URL-shortening services to perform URL redirection

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Latest social networking attack highlights need for SSL to be always 'linked in'

Professional networking site Linkedin is the latest to suffer from its intermittent SSL use. Like Facebook and Twitter, Linkedin only encrypts information during login and other sensitive web pages.

But yesterday, a researcher claimed to exploit vulnerabilities in the way Linkedin transmits cookies (in plain text over unencrypted channels).

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Android apps open for attack

We’ve blogged about mobile SSL security before. But as we’ve just found out that several of Google’s Android apps, including Google calendar, aren’t secured by SSL encryption, we thought we’d blog on about the importance of mobile security.

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EV SSL uptake increasing, but still ‘below adequate levels’, says the Online Trust Alliance.

The latest security scorecard from the Online Trust Alliance (OTA) has identified a 68% growth in Extended Validation SSL in the last year. Great progress, but this still only represents 45% of retail and banking websites that are using EV SSL.

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SSL is the word at Google AdWords

From 17 May, Google AdWords will only advertise businesses that use SSL encryption.

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Tips for your tablet or Smartphone

Tablets and smartphones are everywhere, and with this next generation of mobile computing comes a new generation of fraudsters.

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Targeted attacks at two year high

A recent intelligence report from security giant Symantec revealed that this month's targeted attacks were the highest they'd been in two years, since the run up to the G20 Summit.

In April, one in 168.6 emails contained malware, and targeted attacks accounted for approximately 0.02 percent of these. This represents a 10.5% increase over a period of six months and highlights the need for businesses to take precautions and be proactive against such attacks, by running regular malware scans, for example.

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Why IT Staff Shouldn't Tackle Online Security without a little help from Marketing

In many - or indeed most - companies that buy website security to protect their visitors' privacy online, it is a technical person who does the buying. However, technical buyers often buy lesser products that are merely "statistically good enough" but devoid of any signs of trust.

Marketing realises it needs to work first and foremost, but the trust inspired in the end user is all that matters. Marketing buyers generally foster greater trust and transparent online identity by picking the products that makes us feel safe online.

Only phishers, fraudster, and scammers lose out by increasing the visible trust signs on your website.

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