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After listening to a few Security Now! podcast on encryption I wonder if it is possible for businesses who want to to protect their intellectual property from phishing attacks to offer server side SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) authentication then allowing the client (end user) to encrypt outgoing data from the client side through the use of SSL Certificates.

I have also found with some web sites it is possible to put in the S after http in order to obtain a secure connection from the start to prevent phishing.

For example will take you to an encrypted copy of the Coles supermarket web site.

WestPac and the National Australia Banks allow you to do this, by looking at the orange padlock either next to the address bar of at the bottom of the browser window depending on the version of Windows you are using and the web browser you use.

By clicking on the orange padlock you can tell whether the web page has been authenticated by a certification authority such as Verisign.

If you don’t see that orange padlock it is safe to say you are at a phishing site requesting you for your log-in details.

This is how these people gain access to your bank account and are able to transfer your money without your knowledge until it is too late.

It’s not just a point of owning a computer these days all computer users need to be knowledgeable about online security and the best way to protect themselves from the various types of malevolent behaviour of some people.

Always make sure your operating system is up to date with the latest security patches as well as making sure your antivirus and firewall software is up to date and is configured correctly.

This is also very important if you have a home network whether it’s wired or wireless and are behind a NAT router (Network Address Translation) to have it correctly configured in order to protect yourself from hackers.

I would recommend that you make sure all the network ports on your computer are stealthed the best way to check is to go to Steve Gibson’s great web site and use Shields Up to check your computer for vulnerabilities the URL is

Be safe and don’t let your computer become compromised, sure it takes a lot of effort to secure a computer but in the long term you will thank yourself that you did take the time to make it secure.


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