Wednesday, 21 November 2012

SSL is the Company's Insurance

Ever wonder why a lot of people keep on buying insurances? Insure a house, a life, a material possession, and the list goes on. The inflated rate is brought by the growing number of people who want to secure their possessions before they’re gone, and/or the increasing need to put up investments which may secure them from the negative global economic recession.

Just like all insurances, you buy the policy for future purposes – be it for your child, other dependents, or maybe just your investment to gain cash given a period of time. Whatever your reason, bottom line is, buying these insurances is for protection and assurance that whatever happens in this unpredicted life, at least you were ready.

People insure everything. Even mobile phones and laptops get to be insured. More often than not, people insure tangible things, but as identity fraud, data breaches, and document alteration continuously increase in a rapid rate, won’t websites and other online housed data be worth an insurance too? Problem is, putting this into practice is not as easy as ABC as people will always think they are invulnerable to such attacks until they become victims themselves. They always have this impression that because they are not big names in the society or that since they are part of the SMEs, they will be attack-free. This is where they're wrong, cybercriminals find these firms and take advantage of them.

How you see your data is not how cyber criminals see them. To these people, your data, no matter how small, is still information which may help them make money. This is a very lucrative kind of business as the operation has global scope. When security is at stake, there is no better time to safeguard yourself and learn the best practices to keep safe but now. As internet is penetrating regions in a very fast pace, it may be harder to believe that we can ever eliminate cybercrimes. But as they say, if you can't get rid of it at least prevent it.

Encrypting your website with strong SSL Certificates from trusted a trusted Certificate Authority, like GlobalSign is the best way to secure digital information. Here's a little something about our company and how we can be of big help! GlobalSign, being one of the world's largest SSL and client certificate provider, has solutions your company needs for it to get online shoppers trust your website and shop without hesitation. GlobalSign offers a wide range of trust services and products. It offers SSL certificates secured by the highest encryption level available to date, 2048-bit encryption. You may choose among Domain Validation SSL, Organization Validation SSL, and Extended Validation SSL.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

China and India being the next big thing!

Many foreign have long recognized the potential China and India present, based on the size of the market and predicted growth in e-commerce” -Paul Jung, Visa – Head of e-commerce solutions for APAC

Foreign investors plan to breakthrough the e-commerce walls of China and India but penetrating the local market surfaces as a major challenge. Being a company decision maker, you will have to study the market very eagerly, their behavior in consuming products: how they buy – either through cash or credit card, when they buy – be it holidays, weekends, or every cut-off of salary, and where they buy – do they a lot time to go to the mall or are the consumers way too busy and shop online instead?

Entering a new market is a risk every business has to face. But these risks are calculated risks, meaning the risk of failing has been minimized thru an extensive study and research. However, according to Kumar Das, IDC Center for Consultancy and Research – research manager of retail insights for APAC, said that markets in both countries still lack the technological and logistic infrastructure for e-commerce.

Just like in any other country, people from rural areas find it hard to have an access to internet connection. And with this, people find it hard to trust e-commerce, due to the obvious reason – security. Everyone is pretty careful when it comes to purchasing online, who else to blame when cybercriminals are also part of that next big thing.

It will be difficult though for foreign investors to analyze the market as they need to segment locals based on their behavior. Shift strategies per capita including pricing, marketing, purchasing, branding and promoting. One of which is to enter partnership with local businesses. This helps them gain people’s trust more easily.

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Friday, 9 November 2012

Double the benefits with Cloud and CloudSSL


Why go Cloud even if it is not the ultimate solution?

We all know that Cloud is a service model in which data is stored and backed up remotely and made available to users over a network (which in this case, the Internet). But how helpful can it get when fortuitous events take over?

Tsunami in Japan, Ondoy in the Philippines, and Sandy in the United States of America are few of the calamities which have greatly affected business operations. Many companies lost physical and on premise hard wares where they store database and sensitive corporate information. This leaves enterprises with nothing but hopes that damaged devices work again.

This is not anymore the usual case today. Companies can get rid of the dilemma of disaster recovery through a relatively simple solution– migrating to the cloud. Adopting the Cloud can unquestionably help business continuity. How? Cloud protects data by nature of its design as data are stored off-premise on a cloud of inter-connected data centers. This way there is better assurance that data remains untouched.

But of course in every pro there's got to be a con. Running your entire business under Cloud is not advisable mainly because companies handling the Cloud storage also have physical presence and because of this, they are not disaster proof. Moreover, what seems to be a bigger issue is that Cloud, just like any other hosting services, is prone to cybercriminals.

With the vision of developing secure and cost-effective technologies, GlobalSign came up with a solution that will allow users to confidently migrate to the Cloud without worries of being compromised nor lost - CloudSSL. Since in Cloud, information is repeatedly stored on data centers in many locations, you will always be able to retrieve data should anything go wrong.

GlobalSign’s CloudSSL is an SSL distribution service available via API and is designed specifically to help web services operate securely in the Cloud. It removes the restrictions of traditional SSL, such as one Certificate per IP address, and can be used across large virtualized environments without incurring additional license fees. CloudSSL partners make on-demand requests for SSL Certificates, including request for their customer base all within the top level Certificate issued to the Cloud partner. All the time meeting the highest security associated with the GlobalSign SSL brand.

For further details, you may visit our website at www.globalsign.com or connect with us on Facebook (https://facebook.com/GlobalSignAPAC), Twitter (https://twitter.com/GlobalSign_APAC) for updates. You may also contact us directly at sales-apac@globalsign.com.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Save the trouble for Cyber Monday


For the Western part of the world, Cyber Monday is very common in the ecommerce industry. But for the Eastern side, have you guys ever heard of it?

This happens the Monday after Thanksgiving. In the United States, it is customary to celebrate Thanksgiving every fourth Thursday of November. And the day after that is called Black Friday – this connotes the first day for Christmas shopping.

Back in 2005, it was listed that the Monday after Black Friday established a significant growth in online shopping and it was known that people from work has been a big contribution for this. Hence, Cyber Monday was born. The explanation behind is that people were back in their computers after a long weekend celebration. And since they got less time to buy for the Holiday season, they tend to shop online. And this practice has been running until today.

Merchants then would like to accumulate significant shares of sales volume thus creating discounts and coupons as their promotions. Generally, Thanksgiving is celebrated at the United States and Canada so thinking about it, it will not make sense if there is Cyber Mondays across the nation. But ecommerce is just a click away, everyone can participate. Who wouldn't if there are discounts to be given away during the holidays.

With this phenomenon, I've come across an article which has put together some tips on how to stay safe when shopping on Cyber Monday.

1. Shop trustworthy websites. If a store sounds shady, it is worth the extra time and effort to check them out. Search for their name on Amazon and see if they have a reseller rating. Are their websites clean and efficient or thrown together and hard to maneuver? That is another huge red flag – reliable sites usually LOOK reliable. Keep this in mind before pulling the trigger on a purchase.

2. Protect your personal information. Again, if the site is not secure, or just looks plain sketchy – don't give them your personal information. This really speaks for itself.

3. Beware of deals that sound TOO great. A Black Friday travel deal that boasts a Bahamas Vacation for $200 is probably too good to be true. Some of these sites will lead with promises of huge deals, but when you get into the fine print, you end up spending thousands. Always, ALWAYS read the fine print if a deal sounds too good to be true, it’s worth the extra effort to avoid finding out the hard way.

4. Confirm that your purchase is secure. When you start the checkout process, look at the URL. Most trusted sites start with https. This means that the transactions will be secure. While this is not a foolproof method, it is a great way to quickly check whether or not your information will be secure.

5. Pay with a credit card. Credit card gees can be disputed. If the company you purchased from turns out to be fraudulent, you have the right to dispute the charges.

6. Keep all records and confirmations. This should go without saying. Always print your confirmation numbers and receipts. Or take a screen shot and save it to your computer. The best way to dispute issues is with evidence. If you have the paperwork to prove things, you'll feel more secure.

So if you are one of the companies or merchants participating in the annual Cyber Monday event then I got what you need that will surely skyrocket your sales. Let me introduce to you who we are and what we provide.

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Monday, 5 November 2012

Security of Facebook Accounts in Question


Does Facebook really protect their users’ information or are your details subject to being compromised without you really knowing?

A Czech blogger exposed that there was a list of accounts containing over a million Facebook users being offered at a cheap price of $5*. He admittedly bought a list to feed his curiosity if the list is legitimate or no. To his surprise, majority of the included account details were accurate, even finding some of his friends’ accounts along with it.

Not long after he had this strong statement against Facebook’s security policies, Facebook employees started contacting him digging for further information and asking him to remove the not-so-good comments he included in his blog. He submitted to the request and did what they want but he also asked them if they knew anything about it and if it is possible to receive some updates on the investigation. Unfortunately, Facebook said that it will be an internal investigation and that they cannot give out any further information until everything is settled.

What Users Need to Do

Keeping people from using social media, especially Facebook, will be too much of a work for influential people, even the government. With rapid penetration and increasing rate of signed up users, it has rapidly become one of the best networking channel. It may even be safe to say that it has already replaced the traditional way people meet and greet, and share important updates of their lives.

What people opt to do is just to be extra cautious of the sites they sign up on. Keeping in mind the basics of online security will be of great help. This should include being keen in looking for the indications of an SSL secured website: yellow padlock, green address bar, and secure site seal. It may not be a strong wall guarding you against the huge wave of attacks, but at least it will keep you off the shock.

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