In the past months, we have worked hard to raise Customer satisfaction within our premises and worked towards improving some of our services. One of our main goals was (and, in fact always is) to improve security and along with all the new features and changes we have recently announced, one more is available as of today — the connection between your browsers and the TMDHosting website and Client Area is now secured even more for your convenience.
As of today, we are running an Extended Validation SSL Certificates, which gives high-security web browsers information to clearly identify a web site’s organizational identity. For example, if you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 to go to a web site secured with an SSL Certificate that meets the Extended Validation Standard, IE7 will cause the URL address bar to turn completely green (and not only partially, as with normal SSL certificates). A display next to the green bar will toggle between the organization name listed in the certificate and the Certificate Authority (Global Sign, for example). Firefox 3 and Google Chrome also supports Extended Validation SSL. Other browsers are expected to offer Extended Validation visibility in upcoming releases. Older browsers will display Extended Validation SSL Certificates with the same security symbols as existing SSL Certificates (usually a padlock).
In 2006, a group of leading SSL Certificate Authorities (CAs) and browser vendors approved standard practices for certificate validation and display called the Extended Validation Standard. To issue an SSL Certificate that complies with the standard, a CA must adopt the extended certificate validation practice and pass a Webtrust audit. The validation process requires the CA to authenticate the certificate applicant’s domain ownership and organizational identity, as well as the individual approver’s employment with the applicant, and authority to obtain the Extended Validation SSL Certificate. It is a bit tough authentication and verification processes, but it was worth all the efforts that our Security team put in it.
Here are screen shots of how the extended validation works with Internet Explorer. This is the Address bar, which as mentioned is completely green:
At the rightmost end of the Address bar, you will notice also the padlock sign and a clickable button named TMDHosting Inc. Clicking on it will provide you with additional information about the extended verification procedures we have successfully passed.
Here is how the address bar with extended validation SSL looks over Firefox 3.5:
At the leftmost (vice-verse to IE) corner, you can notice similar information regarding the validation. Clicking on it provides more detailed information:
Upon checking the website via a tool, such SSL Shopper, you will find the following data:
The SSL certificate that we have introduced and put in use today is available for the TMDHosting website, Client area, Billing Section and Order form. Now that we have performed this important step, we are planning even more interesting and useful improvements, more about which we will post later this month.