How was the fraudulent website so high up the rankings in the search engine, I hear you ask? Because like authentic organisations, many fraudsters use sophisticated SEO (search engine optimisation) techniques to make their sites even more convincing.
HTTPS stands for (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure) which basically is a secure version of your browser which is encrypted using an SSL certificate. If a website has not got an SSL certificate the pages will show as HTTP. If the site does have an SSL pages will show as HTTPS. The s at the end means secure.
In addition, it would be nice if each browser would agree to implement the same rules and keep them in sync, so we won’t have to make different interpretations depending on the browser being used like we do now when we see the security padlock.
Then, WSSA can run on a regular basis so that your site will be tested against new vulnerabilities as they become known and provide you with solid data as to whether action is vital, needed or low priority. You will also be alerted if new code has been added to the site that is insecure, a new port has been opened that was unexpected, or a new service has been loaded and started that may present an opportunity to break in.
Saying all that we should be able to shut down phishing sites quickly by contacting the domain registrar and any CA which issued a certificate for that site. This works reasonably well and most phishing sites don’t tend to hang around too long to be honest. However that’s very reactive and again difficult for the user to tell when they visit a website. Browsers could of course check the age of a domain and flag new ones, but nothing to stop some one registering a phishing site in advance to get around this, and also that would unfairly penalise legitimate new sites.
I suddenly see an i in a circle at the beginning of some trusted websites (google chrome) – when I click on the i it says the page is not secure. Worryingly this also happens with my online banking site. I’m worried that these sites are being redirected somewhere where my keystrokes or information can be accessed. I have uninstalled Chrome and reinstalled it and run virus checks etc. Should I be worried?
You have the Classic Theme Restorer extension and that makes the Navigation Toolbar work differently. You can check the settings of this extension in its Options/Preferences in Firefox/Tools > Add-ons > Extensions. It is also possible to hide the Navigation Toolbar when CTR is installed and enabled.
Application phase: at this point, the “handshake” is complete and the application protocol is enabled, with content type of 23. Application messages exchanged between client and server will also be encrypted exactly like in their Finished message.
One particular weakness of this method with OpenSSL is that it always limits encryption and authentication security of the transmitted TLS session ticket to AES128-CBC-SHA256, no matter what other TLS parameters were negotiated for the actual TLS session. This means that the state information (the TLS session ticket) is not as well protected as the TLS session itself. Of particular concern is OpenSSL’s storage of the keys in an application-wide context (SSL_CTX), i.e. for the life of the application, and not allowing for re-keying of the AES128-CBC-SHA256 TLS session tickets without resetting the application-wide OpenSSL context (which is uncommon, error-prone and often requires manual administrative intervention).
Using this tactic to load 3rd party resources, requires an additional step – contacting the owner of the 3rd party domain and requesting https support. As this solution seems far fetched you may consider using different supplier for the files you were loading from insecure domain(s).
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Advertising revenue is falling fast across the Internet, and independently-run sites like Ghacks are hit hardest by it. The advertising model in its current form is coming to an end, and we have to find other ways to continue operating this site.
If your site has forms that ask for sensitive, personal information you should be using an SSL Certificate. Otherwise, that data is transmitted in clear text. Not having SSL on your site could mean that you are missing leads due to vistors not filling out forms on unsecured pages.
HTTPS has been shown vulnerable to a range of traffic analysis attacks. Traffic analysis attacks are a type of side-channel attack that relies on variations in the timing and size of traffic in order to infer properties about the encrypted traffic itself. Traffic analysis is possible because SSL/TLS encryption changes the contents of traffic, but has minimal impact on the size and timing of traffic. In May 2010, a research paper by researchers from Microsoft Research and Indiana University discovered that detailed sensitive user data can be inferred from side channels such as packet sizes. More specifically, the researchers found that an eavesdropper can infer the illnesses/medications/surgeries of the user, his/her family income and investment secrets, despite HTTPS protection in several high-profile, top-of-the-line web applications in healthcare, taxation, investment and web search. Although this work demonstrated vulnerability of HTTPS to traffic analysis, the approach presented by the authors required manual analysis and focused specifically on web applications protected by HTTPS.
I received a very quick response to my inquiry, which was forwarded to a team to resolve. The person who contacted me was really helpful and ensured I had everything I needed. I couldn’t have asked for better service from everyone I dealt with in Globalsign.
The online chat support was fantastic. I had trouble installing my certificate and support solved my issues. It leaves me feeling confident that there is technical support behind the products purchased. Thank you.
Add to that the software that may have been purchased years ago and which is not in current use. Many servers have accumulated applications that are no longer in use and with which nobody on your current staff is familiar. This code is often not easy to find, is about as valuable as an appendix and has not been used, patched or updated for years – but it may be exactly what a hacker is looking for!
Beyond Security staff has been accumulating known issues for many years and have compiled what is arguably the world’s most complete database of security vulnerabilities. Each kind of exploit has a known combination of web site weaknesses that must be present to be accomplished. Thus by examining a server for the open port, available service and/or code that each known exploit requires, it is a simple matter to determine if a server is vulnerable to attack using that method.
SSL certificates provide a layer of confidentiality and security that ensures privacy for users when transferring sensitive information between websites or through email. For this reason an SSL, or Secure Socket Layer, is integral to the successful operation of web based business and other concerns that deal with users’ personal information.
The SSL protocol has always been used to encrypt and secure transmitted data. Each time a new and more secure version was released, only the version number was altered to reflect the change (e.g., SSLv2.0). However, when the time came to update from SSLv3.0, instead of calling the new version SSLv4.0, it was renamed TLSv1.0. We are currently on TLSv1.2.
All SSL-protected sites display the https:// prefix in the URL address bar. Sites protected with a Premium EV SSL Certificate display a green browser bar to quickly assure visitors that the organization’s legal and physical existence was verified according to strict industry standards.
Try it! – Visit our home page (http://www.ssl.com). Note the URL begins with the “http” meaning this page is not secure. Click the link in the upper-right hand corner to “Log in”. Notice the change in the URL? It now begins with “https”, meaning the user name and password typed in will be encrypted before sent to our server.