Well that’s obviously at the heart of the problem and preventing that sounds entirely sensible, but again isn’t as easy as it sounds. Should someone vet each website that’s set up? Domain name registrations and https certificates have been on a race to the bottom, which has necessitated automating these. Now making the web cheaper and easier is ultimately a good thing, but does mean there is no manual checking of this sort of stuff anymore. And arguably should there be? What if you’ve a great idea and want to register a website with your brand name – can you not unless you can prove you own that name and have a website ready to go? What if you want to set up a protest site called examplebanksucks.com – again should you not be able to because you are not affiliated with example bank? Where do you draw the line? Ultimately I believe the web should be free (in terms of ideas) and cheap (in terms of money) for people to set up whatever websites they want. However with that comes the pain that some people are going to abuse that.
The first thing a customer wants to see when they visit your website is the green padlock and “HTTPS” in the address bar. This shows that the site has been secured and any information is encrypted when transmitted.
In September 2014, a variant of Daniel Bleichenbacher’s PKCS#1 v1.5 RSA Signature Forgery vulnerability was announced by Intel Security Advanced Threat Research. This attack, dubbed BERserk, is a result of incomplete ASN.1 length decoding of public key signatures in some SSL implementations, and allows a man-in-the-middle attack by forging a public key signature.
When I go to the Outlook login screen, most of the times I see the green padlock, then it says Microsoft Corporation [US] and then https://login.live.com…… and so on (and if I click on the green padlock, it says 256 bit encryption). There are some times (every two days or so) when I don’t see Microsoft Corporation [US] but the green padlock is there (if I click it it says 128 bit encryption) and the address is the same https://login.live.com……. Why does this happen? When I have the 128 encryption instead of 256 and I don’t see Microsoft Corporation [US], am I still on the good site? Are there any problems when it happens?
If possible have your database running on a different server to that of your web server. Doing this means the database server cannot be accessed directly from the outside world, only your web server can access it, minimising the risk of your data being exposed.
As you know there are a lot of people out there who call themselves hackers. You can also easily guess that they are not all equally skilled. As a matter of fact, the vast majority of them are simply copycats. They read about a KNOWN technique that was devised by someone else and they use it to break into a site that is interesting to them, often just to see if they can do it. Naturally once they have done that they will take advantage of the site weakness to do malicious harm, plant something or steal something.
A protocol downgrade attack (also called a version rollback attack) tricks a web server into negotiating connections with previous versions of TLS (such as SSLv2) that have long since been abandoned as insecure.
If you want to make a page that can be served over HTTP or HTTPS and does the right thing automatically, you can use “protocol relative URLs” to have the user’s browser automatically choose HTTP or HTTPS as appropriate, depending on which protocol the user is connected with. For example, a protocol relative URL to load an image would look like . The browser will automatically add either http: or https: to the start of the URL, whichever is appropriate. Of course, you’ll need to ensure the site you’re linking to offers the resource over both HTTP and HTTPS.
The latest, and possibly most significant, advancement in SSL technology since its initial inception follows the standardized Extended Validation guidelines. New high security browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 7+, Opera 9.5+, Firefox 3+, Google Chrome, Apple Safari 3.2+ and iPhone Safari 3.0+ identify Extended SSL Certificates and activate the browser interface security enhancements, such as the green bar or green font. For customers who wish to assert the highest levels of authenticity, this is the ideal solution.
Secure your administrative email address. Make sure that the admin email address that you use to login to your secure website is secure. This email address should be completely different from any addresses listed on your site’s contact page. Keeping this email private will help prevent scammers from sending you phishing emails disguised as an email from your host company.
First one is that consumers are used to seeing trust seals. These are the little indicators that you see in the corners of websites, next to a purchase button or at the end of an experience that says, this has been validated to be actually this business, that there are no viruses here or that their privacy standards are up to date.
The most common use of certificates is for HTTPS-based web sites. A web browser validates that an HTTPS web server is authentic, so that the user can feel secure that his/her interaction with the web site has no eavesdroppers and that the web site is who it claims to be. This security is important for electronic commerce. In practice, a web site operator obtains a certificate by applying to a certificate authority with a certificate signing request. The certificate request is an electronic document that contains the web site name, company information and the public key. The certificate provider signs the request, thus producing a public certificate. During web browsing, this public certificate is served to any web browser that connects to the web site and proves to the web browser that the provider believes it has issued a certificate to the owner of the web site.
You may use proxy websites or programs to access websites blocked in your area. One such proxy is UltraSurf. This was specifically designed to allow the population of a certain country to access social networking sites. There are some websites who let you easily access and open blocked websites. OpenBlockedWebsite.com and HideMyAss.com are two such websites you may want to check out. They act as free web anonymizers that aim to unblock blocked websites and offer free anonymous web surfing. Also, check out Hola Unblocker.
According to Microsoft, problems with disappearing toolbars can be due to problems with the browser’s registry. Unless you have advanced computer knowledge, Microsoft advises you to use the Fix it utility to identify and resolve the problem. A pre-arranged solution exists for toolbar problems in Microsoft Fix it 50157; visit the Microsoft Fix it center (see Resources) and enter “50157” in the search toolbar to find the download link. Click “Run” in the file download dialog box and follow the prompts.
Jump up ^ “Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla will drop RC4 encryption in Chrome, Edge, IE, and Firefox next year”. VentureBeat. 2015-09-01. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2015-09-05.
This kind of validation provides more comprehensive authentication. In addition to domain ownership, the CA examines relevant information, such as company filings. Information that has been vetted by the CA is accessible to website visitors, which boosts the site’s transparency. The somewhat demanding nature of this certificate means that it can take longer and be more expensive to issue this kind of SSL certificate. What users gain, however, is a higher level of security.
A green padlock plus the name of the company or organization, also in green, means this website is using an Extended Validation (EV) certificate. An EV certificate is a special type of site certificate that requires a significantly more rigorous identity verification process than other types of certificates.
I have been impressed with GlobalSign sales, fulfillment and support. I had a 1 year PersonalSign 2 Pro key which recently expired, they followed up with reminders prior to expiration. I just created a 3 year key because I believe they are strong.
First you’ll need to download your theme files via FTP (sometimes other folders too depending how your theme is built). In Sublime Text, open Find in Files… in the Find menu. Add your theme’s folder in the Where field. You can then find and replace insecure link in all files:
Change your database table If your website uses a blog or forum script, you can change the default database table prefix. For example, a WordPress blog carries the table prefix “wp.” If you change your table prefix, hackers will have a harder time getting data from your website.
The address bar is at the very top of the page and can be used if you know the exact address of the site you want to go to. To use it, type the address of the site, using the http:// is not necessary. The address bar must be used to search for a site if the site has not yet been indexed. This is the address bar:
There is a great tool called Database Search and Replace, built by Interconnected/IT. As the name implies, it allows you to do a quick search of your database, replacing values as needed (be careful).
^ Jump up to: a b c d Fallback to SSL 3.0 is sites blocked by default in Internet Explorer 11 for Protected Mode. SSL 3.0 is disabled by default in Internet Explorer 11 since April 2015.
SSL uses a complex system of key exchanges between your browser and the server you are communicating with in order to encrypt the data before transmitting it across the web. A web page with an active SSL session is what we mean when we say a web page is “secure”.
The server responds with a ServerHello message, containing the chosen protocol version, a random number, cipher suite and compression method from the choices offered by the client. The server may also send a session id as part of the message to perform a resumed handshake.
In addition to the properties above, careful configuration of TLS can provide additional privacy-related properties such as forward secrecy, ensuring that any future disclosure of encryption keys cannot be used to decrypt any TLS communications recorded in the past.
Because HTTP doesn’t authenticate the web server in the same way HTTPS does, it’s also possible that a secure HTTPS site pulling in a script from an HTTP site could be tricked into pulling an attacker’s script and running it on the otherwise secure site. When HTTPS is used, you have more assurances that the content was not tampered with and is legitimate.
One really important point is to change the default administrator username. Hackers are looking for easy targets – if you use the default username like ‘admin’ then you’re a sitting duck. Make your login credentials original and difficult to crack.
A message authentication code computed over the “protocol message(s)” field, with additional key material included. Note that this field may be encrypted, or not included entirely, depending on the state of the connection.
I have recently upgraded to windows 11, using IE 11. when I go to a browser page,, all that shows is the address bar, I always have to maximise the page every time I want to change browser pages.. do you know why? thank you john ayton
Note that since mixed content blocking already happens in Chrome and Internet Explorer, it is very likely that if your website works in both of these browsers, it will work equally well in Firefox with mixed content blocking.
Next you’ll need something that proves your website is your website – kind of like an ID Card for your site. This is accomplished by creating an SSL certificate. A certificate is simply a paragraph of letters and numbers that only your site knows, like a really long password. When people visit your site via HTTPS that password is checked, and if it matches, it automatically verifies that your website is who you say it is – and it encrypts everything flowing to and from it.