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Google to Strip Trust from Symantec SSL Certificates

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Last Thursday, a Google developer announced that Chrome will be reducing its levels of trust in Symantec issued SSL certificates, as well as those issued by its subsidiaries. This comes after a two year skirmish between the two companies, with Google asserting that Symantec has continually failed to follow appropriate verification practices.

Under Google’s proposal, the Extended Validation status from Symantec issued certificates will be removed, the validity period of newly issued Symantec certificates will be gradually reduced to a maximum of nine months, and current Symantec certificates will be incrementally distrusted with each Google Chrome release up to 64. These measures aim to balance out compatibility problems alongside the security risks.

Symantec SSL Certificate

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Extended Validation (EV) SSL Certificates

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Standard SSL Certificates are issued by an Certificate Authority (CA) such as Thawte after the CA performs some basic standard validation on the identity of the certificate request to ensure that the certificate is not issued to “the wrong hands”.

The types of validation performed for standard SSL certificates vary by the type and cost of the certificate, but include:

  • A confirmation email message sent to the domain administrator as specified in the domain’s entry in the WHOIS database
  • A confirmation email message sent to a standard administrative email address at the domain itself, such as “admin@domain.com”.
  • The name of the organization owning the domain name may be validated.

You should purchase SSL Certificates that use the above forms of validation in order to:

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Advantages of LuxSci/Comodo TLS Certificates over Go Daddy

Monday, December 28th, 2009

We are often asked by customers  why they should pay more for an SSL certificate from LuxSci/Comodo instead of purchasing from a third party provider like GoDaddy.  I.e., what justifies the added expense?

There are two key considerations in choosing Comodo SSL certificate from LuxSci:

  1. The recognition of an SSL certificate from Comodo
  2. A web site seal from Comodo that you can place on your site
  3. The benefit of LuxSci managing the order process, installation and subsequent SSL renewals.

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How to Install S/MIME (and PGP) Encryption Certificates into Major Email Clients

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

We at LuxSci are always being asked questions about various email programs and their usage.  With HIPAA compliance becoming more and more important, we get a lot of inquiries regarding secure email. One of the most frequently asked questions is how to install S/MIME security certificates in various email programs that our servers support. Sometimes finding instructions on installing security certificates in various email clients is difficult, even with the help of search engines. To make your search easier, we have complied instructions for several of the the major email clients:

  • S/MIME for Outlook 2003
  • S/MIME for Outlook 2007
  • S/MIME for Mail.app
  • S/MIME for Entourage
  • S/MIME for Thunderbird
  • PGP for Thunderbird via the Enigmail Add-on.

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