Is your business small? Is it mobile? … Is it secure?

Symantec's latest ‘Internet Security Threat Report’ shows smaller businesses are under attack by cyber criminals.

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Say hello to the new Norton Secured Seal

Introducing the new Norton Secured Seal - the latest, most powerful mark of trust for your business.

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Major VeriSign upgrade takes place next week

Introducing the new Norton Secured Seal - coming next week.

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SSL247 offers certificates from company voted ‘most ethical’

SSL247 partner voted one of the world's most ethical.

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Bad management leaves businesses at risk of losing SSL security

Organizations are putting their data (and their customers' data) at risk through poor management of their SSL certificates.

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SSL247 partner awarded

GlobalSign, provider of strong, SGC-enabled SSL certificates, is awarded for its product line.

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The rise of mobile apps

Symantec survey shows more and more organizations are adopting mobile apps.

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HTTPs by default for Twitter

Tweeters get SSL encryption by default.

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An easy way to keep malware (and search engine blacklists) at bay

An easy way to protect your business - and your reputation - from malware.

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VeriSign: new seal, new benefits

Exciting upgrade to the VeriSign site seal coming April 2012.

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Malware soars to unprecedented high

The latest monthly intelligence report from security expert Symantec is out, and it shows mail-borne malware attacks rocketed from 18.5% in August to 72% in September.

This highlights the need for businesses to be proactive in keeping their organizations and their customers secure. And one proactive security measure which we think is worth talking about is daily malware scanning from VeriSign – and it comes, as standard, with all VeriSign SSL certificates.

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Only 30% of us happy to shop online

Antivirus software company, Avira, recently shared findings from its consumer survey about online shopping – and results tell us that online businesses still have a lot of work to do.

An incredible 70% of us don’t feel safe shopping online, and 23% only feel safe with brands and stores they know and trust – like iTunes and Amazon.

These results highlight the need for businesses to invest in security measures. Take Extended Validation, for instance. Just by featuring the ‘green bar of trust’ on your website, customers will feel more at ease and will be more likely to shop or share personal information online.

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Tweet and Follow @HTTPS

Thanks to a recent security update by Twitter, users no longer have to leave their HTTPS connections to ‘Tweet’ about and ‘Follow’ sites and web pages.

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SSL: choices, choices, choices, and when it comes to choosing a Certificate Authority, it’s really important you choose the right one.

You may recall this year’s embarrassing and completely unacceptable security breach involving well-known Italian Certificate Authority (CA), Comodo. Now, Dutch CA Diginotar is in the firing line.

A rogue certificate issued by hackers, who broke into the Dutch CA’s network, has resulted in a mass clean-up operation and led Microsoft, Mozilla and Google to make a bold, unprecedented move and remove Diginotar from their products.

Harsh? We don’t think so. Certificate Authorities have a duty to protect the web, online businesses and consumers.

At SSL247, we only supply SSL certificates from the world’s most trusted and respected Certificate Authorities who have perfect track records and have never mississued a certificate. Ever. So you know you'll be making the right choice with us. Our Certificate Authorities are: VeriSign,ThawteGeoTrustGlobalSign and RapidSSL.

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Life gets harder for fraudsters as more of us adopt Extended Validation

Fraudsters’ lives got harder this month when another 2,700 businesses invested in Extended Validation SSL.

The latest Netcraft survey results reveal more and more of us are wising up to the benefits of EV, like protection from phishing scams.

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8 million pages hit by fastest growing malware scam

A malware attack, thought to have been initiated in the Ukraine, has spread to the US and is targeting small online shops and businesses.

8 million pages have been injected with malware and a countless number of online shoppers infected - and their personal details stolen.

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Do I need a SSL certificate for my website?

It’s a common question. But, it should actually be: do I need a SSL certificate for my business?, because a SSL certificate can actually enhance your business, not just your website. Take Extended Validation, for example. It’s actually been found to boost sales and conversion rates – simply by increasing customer confidence.

To help you answer the ‘do I?/don’t i?’ question, we’ve put together the handy checklist below. If your business falls into any of these categories, you definitely need a SSL certificate.

  • Is your business a bank? An investment firm? An insurance company? Any type of financial institution? If the answer is yes, only the strongest levels of encryption will do for you. You would benefit from Extended Validation too.
  • Do your customers transact on your site? Then, as above, you need strong encryption and EV too.
  • Do you gather information online or keep a database containing customer information? Yes? Then you need to encrypt that information.
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IT healthcare professionals struggling with SSL encryption

Recently, the Indiana Attorney General ordered Health insurer WellPoint pay a $100,000 settlement fee because the social security numbers and healthcare information of over 30,000 individuals were left unencrypted and available online.

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US security company says ‘hack us if you can’

Respected US security company, Black & Berg, recently challenged the public to hack into their site and change their homepage – in return for a cash prize and a job at their firm.

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Windows Live Mail and Outlook users get automatic SSL encryption

Earlier this week, Microsoft enabled SSL security for its desktop email programmes – giving Windows Live Mail and Outlook users the same level of encryption as Hotmail users.

The move follows Microsoft’s full-session SSL encryption of Hotmail last November, to which over two million people have already subscribed. But, unlike Hotmail’s SSL security, Outlook and Windows Live Mail users don’t have to opt-in – SSL encryption will be automatically enabled with programme updates.

Microsoft's latest move will give millions more the benefits of SSL security, protecting private or confidential emails in transit.

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