What is SSL?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015 in General

SSL stands for Secure Sockets Layer, the protocol that creates a secure, encrypted connection between a browser and a server. To use it, you must first obtain a certificate and install it on your web server. Certificates are typically installed on pages that require end-users to submit sensitive information over the internet like credit card details or passwords. Example pages include payment pages, online forms and login pages. Trusted SSL Certificates are issued by Certificate Authorities (CAs) and are available in three basic types – Domain Validated, Organization Validated and Extended Validation. Domain validated certificates are generally the least expensive and are issued after the CA has verified that the applicant has control of the domain named in the certificate. Organization Validated certificates are issued after the CA has verified domain control and conducted background checks into the company that owns the website. Extended validation certificates offer the highest level of trust to the end-user and turn the address bar green during secure sessions. EV certificates are issued according the guidelines set out by the CA/Browser...

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ICANN – The heart of the Internet has been hacked

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in IT News

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced Tuesday that they have fallen victim to a phishing attack which resulted in the attackers gaining administrative access to some of ICANN’s systems, including its Centralized Zone Data Service (CZDS). ICANN believes that the attack was committed in late November using emails sent to staff members that were designed to look like they came from within ICANN. As a result of the attack, the email credentials of several ICANN staff members were compromised. Those credentials were then used to compromise other ICANN systems, including the CZDS. Read the full...

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Microsoft LOVES Linux

Posted by on Nov 1, 2014 in IT News

Back in 2001, Microsoft used to attack Linux like it was a cancer but now they love Linux. Wow! “Microsoft loves Linux” is generally not something one expects to hear, but that was one of the messages that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered at a San Francisco media event touting Redmond’s cloud offerings on Monday. According to Nadella, 20 per cent of Microsoft’s Azure cloud is already Linux and the software giant plans to always have first-class support for Linux distributions in its public cloud offerings. Read the full story...

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Hangouts is now a part of the core Google Apps suite

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in IT News

Google+ Hangouts is a messaging app that lets you send and receive messages, photos and videos, and even start free video calls — one-on-one or with a group! Android, iOS, and desktop users can all be in the same video conference. The experience is great!! As Hangouts is now a part of the core Google Apps suite it’s covered under the same terms that support other Google Apps products, like Gmail and Drive. Google has got your back with 24×7 phone support and a 99.9% uptime guarantee as well as ISO27001, SSAE 16 and SOC 2 certification. Read the full...

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Microsoft to drop support for older versions of Internet Explorer

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in IT News

Microsoft announced today that it’s dropping support, including security updates, for older Internet Explorer versions. The changes, which take effect in 18 months, are meant to push the vast Windows installed base to Internet Explorer 11. If you’ve stubbornly resisted upgrading Internet Explorer on an older PC, you might be forced to act soon. (Of course, if you work for a company that has stubbornly insisted on making you use an ancient version of IE, this is good news.) Starting January 12, 2016, Microsoft is changing its list of supported Windows configurations. Effective that date, the company said in an announcement today, “only the most recent version of Internet Explorer available for a supported operating system will receive technical support and security updates.” Support for the five-year-old Internet Explorer 8 will be dropped completely for Windows desktop and server releases. On mainstream PCs, Internet Explorer goes into the same bucket as Windows XP, which reached its end-of-support date in April 2014. Microsoft will not release security updates for Internet Explorer 8 on desktop versions of Windows after the first Patch Tuesday of 2016 (security updates for Internet Explorer 8 will continue to be available after the cutoff date for a handful of embedded operating systems). Read the full...

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