Thursday, May 28, 2015

Netflix to start encrypting all data streams

It's official…Netflix has decided to put an end to unencrypted streaming once and for all. In a recent interview, the streaming service giant announced that it will once again be encrypting all the connections between their servers and their client base. This bold move isn't just a small update and this isn't the first time Netflix has announced that it will be pursuing this line of action in order to provide the utmost security for their users.
According to Netflix Director of Streaming Standards Mark Watson, Netflix chose a subset of users to test this new tech on, and found that they lost half of their capacity during the trial run. The main cause of these less than stellar results is the fact that HTTPS is not able to utilize certain optimizations that Netflix employs in their streaming.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Comodo Positive vs. Essential SSL: What's the Difference?

Comodo Positive and Comodo Essential SSLs are extremely popular products for customers around the world. Their popularity stems from their low cost and ease of issuance, since both certificates only require that the recipient verify they own the domain they wish to cover. Both options also provide the same level of industry standard encryption, either 128- or 256-bit. So, what exactly sets them apart? Why pay more for an Essential when you could get a Positive? The true difference lies in the site seals.
Site Seals are the brands that customers associate with safe shopping. The more recognized or trusted the site seal is, the more the customer is likely to feel safe and comfortable making a purchase on a website. Site seals are one of the main differentiators when it comes to SSL, since they have a direct effect on conversions.

The image on the left is the Site Seal provided when you purchase a Comodo PositiveSSL. As you can see, the Comodo Positive SSL comes with a branded "Positive" site seal – with the Comodo name barely visible. Many users are not aware of what SSL stands for, nor do they know that Positive SSL is a security service. The fact that ‘secured by Comodo’ is on the seal at the bottom only serves to confuse as the seal isn’t in the Comodo colors, nor does it look or feel like the same company. While companies in the industry understand that a PositiveSSL does provide industry standard encryption, your average consumer is much more trusting of a highly recognized and respected brand like Comodo.