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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…

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…

Online Payments: New Security Changes

3.3.2016 by Guest

In June of this year, the payments sector will face some major changes that all businesses need to be aware of. First Capital Cashflow, one of the UK’s leading providers of bespoke Bacs processing services that incorporate Direct Debits, shares insights…

Important Information If Your Site Takes Payments Online

19.3.2015 by Jenn Granger

Sec Pay, the API provider for the popular Pay Point payment gateway service has announced that after April 1st this year it will only support TLS v1.2. This is important for anyone still using Windows Server 2003 / Server 2008…