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TLS 1.3 Is Here

TLS (Transport Layer Security) is the official name of the standard used by computer systems that is commonly referred to as SSL. Though once upon a time the SSL (Secured Sockets Layer) standard governed secure online connections, SSL was surpassed by the TLS standard in 1999. Out of convenience and ...

Welcome to the New GeoCerts.com Site

If you're reading this blog post it means you have seen our newly updated GeoCerts.com site. It's our biggest site overhaul in more than a decade, and we designed the site in direct response to feedback from our excellent community of customers, resellers, and site visitors. Some of the main ...

EV SSL Trust Indicators in Popular Browsers

When we talk about Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates, we often discuss the "green bar" that appears in popular browsers. But how many of us can really envision the green bar and the difference in user experience between it and an OV or DV SSL certificate? Fortunately your GeoCerts team ...

Google Chrome to Mark All Non-SSL Sites as “Not Secure” in June 2018

Google recently announced that the Chrome 68 release, scheduled for June 2018, will mark all sites not protected by SSL as “Not secure.” According to Google any HTTP page will be treated as shown. This development matters greatly to just about every commercial web site in production for several reasons: ...

GeoCerts Never Possesses Nor Stores Your Private Keys

Right now there is a bit of a kerfuffle in Certificate World over the mass revocation of roughly 23,000 compromised certificates after the CEO of an SSL reseller attached their private keys to an email. There is a sometimes nuanced, sometimes spirited discussion of the whole thing on a Mozilla ...

Certificate Transparency Will Be Required by Chrome Starting in April

What is Certificate Transparency? Certificate Transparency (CT) is an open standard that allows the public to monitor the certificates issued by participating CAs. How it works in a nutshell is to be CT-compliant a CA must add new certificates to a publicly available log that anyone can access to see ...

Ten Great Reasons to Use Extended Validation (EV) Certificates

The green address bar as displayed by Internet Explorer Increase transactions Green address bars have been measured to increase transaction rates on sensitive pages such as shopping carts, login screens, and financial transaction sites. Any place where the visitor is expected to enter a credit card number, login credentials, or ...

Where Did All the Three-year SSL Certificates Go?

For many years our customers have found multi-year certificates to be beneficial for both cost and convenience. In particular, site administrators value multi-year certificates because they reduce the amount of administrative overhead required for certificate management. (Less frequent expiration means less certificate management, less frequent key generation, and fewer potential ...

Understanding SSL Certificate Authentication & Validation

Like most things SSL certificates come in several flavors, brands, and types. There are two basic functions that SSL/TLS certificates provide: one is encryption and the other is trust. Today we're going to talk about certificate trust. Certification Authorities (CAs) like GeoTrust, Symantec and Comodo vouch for the authenticity of ...

About VeriSign and SSL Certificates

Internet pioneer VeriSign was the first company ever to issue SSL certificates back in the mid-1990s, and it continued to be the brand and market leader in the SSL space until the acquisition of the Verisign digital certificates business by Symantec in 2010. During that time Verisign played a critical ...