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SSL/TLS certificate validity update

13.8.2020 by Laura Valentine

Earlier this year at the CA/Browser forum Spring event, Apple announced that from September 1st the validity period for public SSL/TLS certificates would reduce from 2 years to 398 days. With this sentiment echoed by Google at the CA/Browser Summer event in June, it is now an industry-wide mandate.   Why has the certificate lifetime been reduced?  Historically, the lifetimes of certificates have often been debated at these forums, with the arguments in support of shorter periods of validity grounded in security concerns. Amongst the benefits of shorter lifetimes is agility in reacting to any certificate-related threats. With certificates valid for shorter periods, there’s a more limited timeframe for attackers to find and exploit a vulnerability.   A…

How To Switch Your SSL Systems And Stay Secure

19.2.2018 by Jenn Granger

Secure websites are something we all take for granted. We can browse, click and buy almost everything and anything – from the kitchen sink to a brand new speedboat – online at any time. But this could all change with…

Let’s Get SSL-ly for Security

1.2.2017 by Jenn Granger

Cyber security is a serious business. Nowadays we share so much of our private information online that, whether we’re sending an email or online banking, it’s never been as important to know that the page we’re on is secure. The…

Drowning in Weak Encryption

4.3.2016 by Jenn Granger

There’s a new vulnerability knocking about and it affects the very internet traffic that’s meant to be the most secure, which is always what you want to hear. It’s called Drown and with all the encryption issues between Apple and…

Getting to the Root of the Problem

25.11.2015 by Jenn Granger

Over the weekend it emerged that Dell’s been sending out machines with a potentially vulnerable root CA security certificate after its private key was leaked. Dell’s on it, but whatever manufacturer you use, there are a few things that you…

One Month Until the Festive Peak

26.10.2015 by Jenn Granger

Christmas decorations are starting to sneak onto the shelves, I’ve eaten my first box of mince pies, and research suggests that one in four retailers aren’t ready for Black Friday – one of the most important days of the retail…


24.2.2015 by Jenn Granger

If you were approaching a cliff edge, or baiting a particularly volatile sibling, you wouldn’t ignore the warning signs (rocks tumbling into the abyss, your sister’s pupils dilating as she lunges for the nearest sharp object etc.). When it comes to…

Why You Should Upgrade Your SSL Right Now

11.9.2014 by Jenn Granger

Sometimes change can devastate your life (remember when Freddos went up from 10p to 15p to 25p??); but sometimes it can be a great thing, and as it’s fairly rare for big biz players to admit that anything needs changing…

Safety By Default

14.8.2014 by Jenn Granger

It’s amazing the difference one little letter can make. For example, changing http to https can mean the difference between security and insecurity, even though it’s a little squiggle up in our address bar that many of us may not…


13.8.2014 by Alice Cullen

Good ol’ Google has made yet another change to its mind-boggling search ranking algorithm. But this time, it’s a good thing. Big G has placed importance on security, counting SSL certificates as a positive in a website’s page rank. So…