Latest Attempt To Catch Phishers May Make Life Difficult For Small Web Vendors

from the no-fun-at-all dept

It's no secret that there are a lot of scammers out there online, and trying to come up with ways to weed out who's legit and who's not has certainly been a growth industry lately. However, sometimes things get tricky. Microsoft is rolling out a new system in the latest version of Internet Explorer that aims to flag certain sites as being safe or unsafe, using much stricter verification rules that secure certificate vendors need to follow. Of course, these are also a lot more expensive, and the strict rules mean that a lot of smaller merchants may not make the cut or may not want to pay extra to get these certificates. It raises questions about whether or not it's fair for a company like Microsoft to put the burden on the sites themselves to go out and prove to a certificate vendor that they're legit (and willing to pay a lot more than a standard secure certificate) just to be considered safe. Obviously, it can help to cut out many questionable sites, but if it has plenty of false positives, harming perfectly legitimate vendors as well, that's hardly a good solution.
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    That guy..., 26 Dec 2006 @ 11:42am

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