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INTERNET SECURITY, SHAKEN: BE WARNED

Friday, April 11, 2014


This week, the Internet world has been shaken up by the discovery of vulnerability in the widely used OpenSSL encryption system. OpenSSL is the open source version of the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate system that provides communication encryption of username and passwords as well as content over the Internet for web, email and instant messaging (IM) applications as well as some virtual private networks (VPNs). The system is based on the use of secret keys to encrypt information on one end and de-crypt it on the other end.

The vulnerability compromises these secret keys to allow attackers to eavesdrop on communications, steal data directly from services as well as impersonate services such as HTTPS to steal banking information for instance.

Our technical partners strongly recommend, as we do now, especially for those with e-commerce sites and CMS systems, that you do not use OpenSSL for your communications, but ensure you buy uniquely generated SSL certificates that is tied to your specific Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. This method is best practice and very secure.


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