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Limitation validity term SMIME certificates

27 October 2021

After previous limitations in the validity term of SSL certificates, the validity term of e-mail or S/MIME certificates is now also limited to two years. S/MIME certificates are used for email signing and encryption, as well as for client authentication and signing Office documents. What exactly will change? Apple has announced a change in the term of ...

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QWAC now also available at Xolphin

27 October 2021

From now on you can request eIDAS Qualified Website Authentication Certificates, in short QWAC, from Xolphin. These SSL certificates provide very reliable authentication of natural persons and organizations. In addition to TLS encryption, QWACs provide optimal certainty that behind a website or server is a natural or legal person who can be identified with reliable information. The issuer of the ...

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PKIoverheid stops issuing publicly trusted SSL certificates

5 October 2021

At the beginning of August this year, Logius, the ICT management organization of the Dutch government, announced that it would stop offering publicly trusted SSL certificates by this year. These certificates are used by government organizations, but also, for example, in healthcare and by energy companies and transporters, for website identification and setting up a secure TLS connection. What is ...

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Changes in Domain Control Validation procedure

1 September 2021

Changes to domain validation have been announced, which will take effect before the end of this year. This concerns changes in the file validation. This change is only relevant if you use file validation as the method for Domain Control Validation to request SSL certificates. What is Domain Control Validation? Domain Control Validation (DCV) is the process by which a ...

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Google starts experimenting with removing padlock in Chrome browser

11 August 2021

Following the previous changes to the display of HTTPS in Chrome and other browsers, Google is now going a step further in Chrome: phasing out the well-known padlock in the address bar on secure websites. What is the cause? A secure HTTPS connection is now indicated in all browsers by a lock icon in the address bar. Research by ...

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Increased key length code signing certificates from June 1

7 May 2021

The CA / Browser forum has tightened the requirements for code signing certificates. From June 1, 2021, a minimum key size of 3072 bits is required. At the moment the minimum key size is 2048 bits. The reason for this is to improve security in order to be better prepared for future technological progress that enables extra computing power. In this ...

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Vulnerabilities found in OpenSSL

1 April 2021

In OpenSSL, frequently used software for setting up HTTPS connections, two vulnerabilities have recently been found that can lead to reduced accessibility of websites. Do you use OpenSSL? Check your OpenSSL version so that you can update quickly if necessary. What exactly is going on? An example proof-of-concept exploit was published on the widely used platform Github at ...

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Transition to TLS 1.3

27 January 2021

Recently, the Dutch National Cyber ​​Security Center (NCSC) has adjusted its security guidelines, among other things with the advice to switch to the TLS 1.3 encryption protocol. This protocol is more resistant to (future) attack techniques and is also easier to configure securely than its predecessor TLS 1.2. Encryption protocols are used to set up a ...

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Sectigo Web Security Platform available now

19 January 2021

Last year Sectigo introduced the Web Security Platform, a solution that protects websites against almost all online threats. From now on, the Sectigo Web Security Platform is also available via Xolphin. This extensive and automated security platform offers you a fully customized web security package - both with and without an SSL certificate. Wat is the Sectigo Web Security Platform? The ...

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A New Chapter for Xolphin

2 December 2020

By Maarten Bremer, Xolphin founder Today marks a major milestone for Xolphin as we announce that we have been acquired by our long-standing partner and the world's leading Certificate Authority (CA), Sectigo. We have enjoyed a successful partnership with Sectigo for nearly 20 years. Together, we have made this strategic move to continue building on our two companies' ...

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