Internet security still has a long way to go

Internet security still has a long way to go

Although there are things such as SSL certificates and PCI compliance that try to keep the internet safe, a post on Decrypted Tech said technology and companies still have a long way to go in keeping themselves safe online. The website said there is a new process that could help keep certificates and other online transactions safer.

"The new process would add what they are calling a notary validation to the mix," according to the news source. "To put this simply, a notary would be a third-party witness to the validity of the certificate. When you hit a server and check its certificate it would randomly choose a notary for validation. Every certificate would need to contain at least three notary services for validation."

For this to work, companies will have to be more diligent about how they use and issue their SSL certificates, as they can be breached and sent looking identical if a company is not careful. If a certificate is breached, companies should report it to the Certificate Authorities right away and be sure it is known.

Ivan Ristic of Qualys told Ars Technica that two-thirds of all SSL certificates' servers are poorly set up, and that may cause issues as well. If a company invests in security tools such as this, they should be kept up with and made sure that they stay secure.