VeriSign boosts conversion rate by more than 33%


Online pharmacy, canadadrugs.com, reports a higher conversion rate from customers who see its Extended Validation (EV) certificate fromVeriSign.

Canadadrugs.com’s conversion rate from customers using Internet Explorer 7, which displays the green EV bar, is 1.75%, 33.6% more than the 1.31% who convert on IE6, which does not display the green bar. What’s more, those on IE7 spend 27% more per order than those using IE6.

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GeoTrust is keeping our online shopping secure this Christmas


With the Christmas online shop well underway, the most visited sites are being secured by GeoTrust.

The November 2010 Alexa Netcraft Index, a monthly measurement of SSL certificates, found GeoTrust secures 35,311 unique domains among the 1 million most visited sites. VeriSign followed with 30,115 unique domains, and low-cost provider Go Daddy trailed behind with 27,171.

GeoTrust secures sites in over 150 countries, offering a range of SSL certificates with up to 256-bit SSL encryption. However, VeriSign still remains the world leader in online trust.

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Firesheep makes it easier than ever to steal account information


A new extension for the Firefox web browser makes it easy for any one to steal account logins from wifi users on unecrypted websites.

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Nearly half of shoppers abandon purchases because of security fears


A 2009 survey has revealed nearly half of online shoppers abandoned their shopping carts or terminated orders because they didn’t feel secure.

In addition, 63% said they wouldn’t shop on a site that doesn’t have a security policy or trust mark, such as a site seal.

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Twitter and Facebook get Fs in security test


Security think tank 'Digital Society' has failed Facebook and Twitter on a recent security review because they don’t use complete SSL authentication.

A Facebook spokesman said the company has "been making progress testing SSL access across Facebook and hope to provide it as an option in the coming months." While a spokesperson for Twitter, said: “We take security seriously”.

George Ou, a policy director at Digital Society and author of the report card, said: "the vulnerability and easy exploitation [of] online services have been well known since 2007, [but] the lack of mainstream tech media coverage has allowed the online industry to sweep the problem under the rug for the past 3 years."

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Britain losing more money to online fraud


Between April and September this year, Britons lost nearly twice as much money to online fraud compared to the previous six months.

According to a report from VeriSign, the average amount victims lost rose from £352 to £697.

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At last! SSL encryption for Hotmail users


Earlier this month, Hotmail went from a ‘http’ to a ‘https’ site, giving its users better web security.

Before this, Hotmail users were only protected by https while they logged in. Now, all data will be encrypted thanks to Hotmail’s new SSL certificate, making it harder for hackers to intercept personal information.

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VeriSign site seal encourages over half a billion views in one day


Today, global software giant Symantec announced its website had been viewed over half a billion times in a single day, thanks to its VeriSign site seal.

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Britain set to spend 7.4 billion online this Christmas


According to an independent YouGov survey, commissioned by Norton by Symantec, British adults are set to spend an estimated 7.4 billion online this Christmas.

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