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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Twitter: celebrating five years of malware


Who knew Tweets of just 140 characters could cause so much trouble? But as Twitter gets ready to celebrate its fifth birthday, security company Kaspersky Lab takes a look back at the social networks security glitches.

The glitch list includes a malware campaign in 2009, where Tweeters were tricked into visiting bogus exclusive video sites only to be infected with Malware, and a vulnerability in SMS authentication which allowed users to update someone else’s status via text message, back in 2007.

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French retail giant secures business with GlobalSign EV


French clothing brand Petit Bateau is securing its sales – and its customers – with GlobalSign EV SSL.

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VeriSign now available in iPad app store


Symantec’s VeriSign Identity Protection (VIP) Access for Mobile feature is now available as an iPad app, which users can buy from the App store.

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Security threats go social and mobile


According to Symantec’s latest ‘Internet Security Threat Report’, there were more than 286 million new threats last year.

2010 was also the year when cyber criminals added more strings to their frauduelent bows, with new security threats and trends emerging.

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New GlobalSign passport ratings put businesses’ reputations in the hands of consumers


GlobalSign – one of the longest established Certificate Authorities – has partnered with community-powered surfing tool, Web of Trust, to bring user ratings to its passport service.

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Symantec secures over 70% of top websites


Symantec’s SSL brands – VeriSignGeoTrustThawte and RapidSSL – command over 70% of SSL certificates on the world’s most popular domains, according to the latest Alexa Netcraft Index.

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Malware and phishing attacks continue to rise


Security research company, Pandalabs, has reported a 26% increase in malware in the first quarter of 2011.

Over 73,000 samples of new malware are being detected on a daily basis so far in 2011. That’s an extra 10,000 per day compared to 2010.

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Facebook updates mobile app with better SSL security


Last month, serious security issues threatened the Facebook for Android application. Personal data was being sent unencrypted and hackers could post to other people’s Facebook accounts, without even much hacking involved. Facebook has now addressed these issues with bolstered SSL security.

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GlobalSign secures 2000 new sites in just one month


The lastest Netcraft figures are in, and they show that GlobalSign - one of the oldest Certificate Authorities – secured 2000 new sites last month.

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Japan disaster used in phishing scams


Phishers are using the recent Japan quake – and its aftermath – in scams to steal from humanitarians trying to donate money towards disaster relief.

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US Senator calls for HTTPS


New York Senator Charles Schumer has called for Amazon, Twitter and Yahoo to deploy HTTPS (SSL security) as the default option on their sites.

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ICC World Cup used as bait by phishers


According to daily paper, Daily news and Analysis, this year’s cricket world cup is being used by phishers to lure cricket fans to fake sites to book their tickets.

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BBC hit by malware


This week, security solutions company Websense discovered malware on the BBC’s 6 Music and 1Xtra radio streaming sites.

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Number of mobile apps hits all time high. But are they safe to download?


It is estimated that last year’s smartphone app downloads topped six million, according to ABI research.

With this growing market comes growing security threats, which mobile app publishers and developers are keen to address. Mobile applications that have been tampered with can threaten both the security of the user and the network.

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GeoTrust most popular among the most popular for eighth month in a row


The results are in. GeoTrust is the leading provider of SSL certificates among the world’s most visited websites.

For the eighth month in a row, GeoTrust has topped the Alexa Netcraft Index of the top one million websites, with its range of SSL certificates.

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Even small businesses should try the VeriSign site seal


This week, new business site, Business Insider, looks at the VeriSign site seal and questions whether it can make a difference to the marketing figure of small businesses, which can struggle creating shopping cart confidence.

And it concludes that – yes – with the new VeriSign seal-in-search feature alone – which helps businesses stand out from their competitors in search engine results – the VeriSign site seal is definitely worth a try.

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Facebook’s 500 million users finally get SSL security


With attacks on social networks expected to rise this year, Facebook has, at long last, added SSL to its security options.

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VeriSign helping to boost Facebook’s conversion rates


Every month more than 500 million of us collectively spend 700 billion minutes on Facebook. And we’re beginning to spend cash in the social network’s online stores, too.

Businesses that set up Facebook stores through ‘ShopFans’, a Facebook platform for creating stores, can now benefit from VeriSign SSL security and the internet’s number one mark of trust – the VeriSign Trust Seal.

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