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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VeriSign CEO to advise President Obama

Mark McLaughlin – CEO of VeriSign – is to serve on the US President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

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Websites across the world increase their transactions up to 87% thanks to VeriSign EV

Dozens of sites around the world have experienced an uplift in transactions ranging from 5% to 87% thanks to VeriSign EV SSL certificates.

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VeriSign boosts conversion rate by more than 33%

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