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Encryption

Encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read it. In an encryption scheme, the intended communication information or message, referred to as plaintext, is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, generating ciphertext that can only be read if decrypted. For technical reasons, an encryption scheme usually uses a pseudo-random encryption key generated by an algorithm. An authorized recipient can easily decrypt the message with the key provided by the originator to recipients, but not to unauthorized interceptors.

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When you put your credit card number into a website for an online transaction, surely you know to look for signs of a secure website such as the padlock icon in the web browser or the green address bar.  This is one way to protect yourself from others breaking into your data. Google, Mozilla, and other major browsers are on a mission to make insecure HTTP a thing of the past. Google has made HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) and website loading speeds major ranking factors.  HTTPS uses a connection encrypted by transport-layer security to protect transmitted data from eavesdropping. Most browsers like Firefox and Chrome now prominently show ‘Not Secure’ warnings in the address bar and warnings also appear directly below form fields on pages using HTTP. These changes show that HTTPS is now a necessity for all sites, because of its privacy and security benefits.


Businesses depend upon SSL certificates to encrypt data and authenticate both internal and external systems and applications to ensure appropriate access. By having websites and endpoints on the Web configured with a SSL certificate, users are assured that the endpoint has been authenticated and any communication with these sites over the HTTPS protocol is encrypted. Complete encryption of data transfer with Secure Socket Layer certificates (SSL certificates) is quickly becoming the norm throughout the Internet.


The Need For Automated SSL Encryption


SSL certificates are used not just for browser-based security but also for secure server-to-server communication for applications and data exchange. The implementation of SSL certificates is rarely automated which means trying to recall special commands, going over steps to renew and deploy a certificate and then tackling complicated installation processes, which can be tricky even for experienced website administrators. The consequences of improperly configured or expired certificate can be disastrous for an organization amounting to financial losses, fines for non-compliance, and lower productivity.


All SSL digital certificates have a lifecycle anywhere between one and three years and upon expiration are not considered valid. SSL certificates need to be renewed at the end of their life to avoid outages, service disruption, and security concerns. Sometimes certificates may also need to be replaced earlier (e.g., bugs, end-of-life of SHA-1 hashing, change in company policy). Keeping certificates up to date, especially when maintaining a multitude of servers can be really annoying. Moving to an automated SSL certificate lifecycle processes takes out the need to rely on manual processes; it takes the guesswork out to improve efficiency and reduce security risks for your business. cPanel addresses the pain point of SSL installation and renewal through the AutoSSL feature.


Fully Automated SSL Encryption With AutoSSL


cPanel, Inc., has recently added a feature called AutoSSL (automated SSL) to automatically provision, issue, configure and install validated SSL certificates to its web hosting partners’ websites. Automated SSL also enables SSL on admin-based logins, email and internally running services in cPanel. AutoSSL is now available to all cPanel web hosting accounts and those running WHM version 60 or later. It is possible to view the logs for AutoSSL right from the WHM interface. AutoSSL automatically includes corresponding www. domains for each domain and subdomain in the certificate. But AutoSSL only includes domains and subdomains that pass a Domain Control Validation (DCV) test as proof of ownership of the domain.


Take The Hard Work Out With Automated SSL Encryption


With AutoSSL enabled, there is no need to fill out lengthy forms and no more having to manually copy certificates into place.  Your websites are automatically secured and encrypted with free Domain Validated SSL certificate and your coverage never lapses. A cronjob handles the request, download, and installation of new SSL certificates around expiration time for all of your hosted domains.


Secure Your Website With Automated SSL Encryption


Users will enjoy a more streamlined experience, with fully automatic issuance, renewal, validation, and setup of SSL certificates for all websites, logins, and endpoints on the server. An automated SSL encryption system eliminates common human errors in the process, which may be caused by the system admin or anyone installing the certificate. Automated SSL encryption improves the privacy, security, and trust of websites for the end users because there will be no lapse in a valid certificate.

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Concerto Cloud for Software Providers & ISVs
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Concerto Cloud for Software Providers & ISVs

Can Concerto Cloud Services help you focus on evolving your application offerings, while delivering the best cloud experience to your customers? From DevOps to revenue models and customer support, the answer is yes!

Learn how Concerto can help you.

Ransomware - Defeated! Client opened the wrong email and was attacked by Ransomware. I was able to use file recovery utilities to find shadow copies of the encrypted files and make a complete recovery.
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This article covers the basics of data encryption, what it is, how it works, and why it's important. If you've ever wondered what goes on when you "encrypt" data, you can look here to build a good foundation for your personal learning.
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Thomas,
I'll correct that to say "longer than the universe has existed" instead of as long as. I was working off my memory of the calculations...Not a huge issue, though, since both lengths are stupendously long.
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Will you be ready when the clock on GDPR compliance runs out? Is GDPR even something you need to worry about? Find out more about the upcoming regulation changes and download our comprehensive GDPR checklist today !
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The well known Cerber ransomware continues to spread this summer through spear phishing email campaigns targeting enterprises. Learn how it easily bypasses traditional defenses - and what you can do to protect your data.
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The recent Petya-like ransomware attack served a big blow to hundreds of banks, corporations and government offices The Acronis blog takes a closer look at this damaging worm to see what’s behind it – and offers up tips on how you can safeguard yourself from future ransomware attacks.
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Internet of Ransomware Things ...
The conference as a whole was very interesting, although if one has to make a choice between this one and some others, you may want to check out the others. This conference is aimed mainly at government agencies. So it addresses the various compliance issues with which they have to deal.
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Businesses who process credit card payments have to adhere to PCI Compliance standards. Here’s why that’s important.
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Acronis ransomware attack
Ransomware is a growing menace to anyone using a computer or mobile device. Here are answers to some common questions about this vicious new form of malware.
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Doxware
If you thought ransomware was bad, think again! Doxware has the potential to be even more damaging.
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What does it mean to be "Always On"?
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What does it mean to be "Always On"?

Is your cloud always on? With an Always On cloud you won't have to worry about downtime for maintenance or software application code updates, ensuring that your bottom line isn't affected.

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Worried about if Apple can protect your documents, photos, and everything else that gets stored in iCloud? Read on to find out what Apple really uses to make things secure.
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It sounds pretty great, but if you have family sharing turned on is your music/data/etc automatically synced to all devices on the plan? Or are there specific controls for that?
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Hi Everyone,

If you use on Family Sharing you have to set it up in the beginning. You do that by inviting members by name (it searches your Contacts app)  or email address (you can create an AppleID for a child if they don't have an email address). Once everything is setup, you the "Organizer" agree to pay for iTunes, iBooks, and App Store purchases for everyone that's in your Family Membership. The cool thing about Family Membership though is that "all songs, albums, movies, TV shows, books, and apps ever purchased by family members are immediately available to everyone else in the group" (that's all done automatically if they're in your Family group). Here is the skinny on Family Sharing: Link.

To touch on the music sharing, you will need to buy a Family plan ($14.99 a month), which is good for sharing up to 6 people. If you want just music for yourself it will cost $9.99, but for those college students who need music to keep them going, it will cost $4.99. Yep, Apple cares about you Under/Grad students who live off of noodles and PB&J.
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Passwords-Xray
There are many Password Managers (PM) out there to choose from. PM's can help with your password habits and routines, but they should not be a crutch you rely on too heavily. I also have an article for company/enterprise PM's.
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Acronis Ransomware Trends
In 2017, ransomware will become so virulent and widespread that if you aren’t a victim yourself, you will know someone who is.
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Email Encryption

Encryption for Business



Encryption ensures the safety of our data when sending emails. In most cases, to read an encrypted email you must enter a secret key that will enable you to decrypt the email. The information passed between companies and clients needs to be encrypted as the contents are mostly confidential. Any business owner should know that the primary attack method to compromise sensitive company data is through email. Email is the chink in every organisation's armor and hackers will target that vulnerability. Encryption is necessary for companies as cyber criminals prey on emails that include attachments with private data, links, bank details and any other forms of crucial information.

With email encryption, a company can protect its sensitive information from cyber criminals by only allowing certain users access to the emails you send. Consider this, if you are away on vacation and want to send a pictured postcard to a friend, would the contents of your postcard include highly confidential information, for instance, bank details or the home alarm code? Of course not. Just like a picture postcard, a non-encrypted email can be exposed for all to see.

Businesses use email encryption to have more control and protection over sensitive information that they may share over email. The NSA and AT&T’s Spying Pact is a perfect example of…
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Since pre-biblical times, humans have sought ways to keep secrets, and share the secrets selectively.  This article explores the ways PHP can be used to hide and encrypt information.
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can a file be encrypted with OpenSSL as it is being streamed in so it is not first saved in plaintext form
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Many companies are looking to get out of the datacenter business and to services like Microsoft Azure to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions for legacy client server workloads, rather than continuing to make capital investments in hardware. And for organizations in the healthcare industry adhering to HIPAA and HITECH Standards, there are a few keys to safeguarding their sensitive data.

Microsoft supports running workloads with Electronic Protected Health Information (EPHI) in Azure, but as discussed in an earlier article, it is important to understand their stance on Business Associate Agreements (BAAs) and the  shared risk model. In this model, the customer bears the burden of configuring the environment, or ensuring their service providers adhere to HIPAA and HITECH Standards.

Therefore, in this article, we discuss four key safeguards an organization can take when deploying workloads into Azure. To this end, the federal government doesn’t clearly outline in black and white what is required for HIPAA and HITECH, as much as require an organization to implement safeguards that are reasonable for their size.  The below keys are some of the safeguards a mid-market healthcare organization would be expected to implement to protect personal data.

Disable access from external networks or encrypt data in transit
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Superb Internet Corp - SSL Certificates
SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer” and an SSL certificate is a critical component to keeping your website safe, secured, and compliant.
Any ecommerce website must have an SSL certificate to ensure the safe handling of sensitive information like a customer’s personal and credit card information.
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threat model
Envision that you are chipping away at another e-business site with a team of pundit developers and designers. Everything seems, by all accounts, to be going easily.
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Hi Shakshi

Thanks for your submission.  889 words, completely original content, and reads fairly well.  The technical aspects of this article seem pretty solid, but I'm going to send this back to Draft / Author Review for some general readability editing.  When you're done go ahead and resubmit and I'll review from there.

Please separate paragraphs with a blank line, as without that an article can resemble a 'word wall' where everything jumbles together and can be difficult to read.

>fruitful dispatch, inculcate, buttonhole, the prerequisite in a venture, Addedly, ingressed, environ
These words are rarely used and may confuse people.  Keep in mind that if these are local slang than it might not translate well to a global audience.  I can appreciate that you're trying to tell a story and be somewhat entertaining in the process, but just make sure you don't lose people in the translation.

>as it were, Addedly,
There are some phrases here that do not add value and can be deleted.

>Now let's take a brief about what Threat modeling is: Threat modeling does not include
Please define something by what it is, not what it is not.  The 'is not' stuff can always be added later.

>STRIDE & DREAD.
If terms are going to be introduced but not defined please at minimum provide a link to a definition.

Please provide a conclusion.

Feel free to self-promote in the 'About the Author' section, especially if you have other publications that readers of this one may be interested in reading.

For a lot more recommendations on how to score maximum points on articles check out Top 10 Ways To Write Rock Star Technical Articles

Thanks in advance.  I look forward to seeing this as a finished product.
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Explore the encryption capabilities built into Google Apps and how these features can help you meet privacy policy and regulatory compliance, but are not a full solution. Understand and compare the most popular email encryption services for Google Apps.
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I can quickly edit if you wish.
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When ransomware hits your clients, what do you do?
When ransomware hits your clients, what do you do?

MSPs: Endpoint security isn’t enough to prevent ransomware.
As the impact and severity of crypto ransomware attacks has grown, Webroot fought back, not just by building a next-gen endpoint solution capable of preventing ransomware attacks but also by being a thought leader.

By default, Carbonite Server Backup manages your encryption key for you using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption. If you choose to manage your private encryption key, your backups will be encrypted using AES 256-bit encryption.
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cloud
Cybersecurity has become the buzzword of recent years and years to come. The inventions of cloud infrastructure and the Internet of Things has made us question our online safety. Let us explore how cloud- enabled cybersecurity can help us with our businesses and ultimately lives.
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Crypto Ransomware
You cannot be 100% sure that you can protect your organization against crypto ransomware but you can lower down the risk and impact of the infection.
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#SSL #TLS #Citrix #HTTPS #PKI #Compliance #Certificate #Encryption #StoreFront #Web Interface #Citrix XenApp
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Lots of content here and very well illustrated.  Voting Yes.
And I see it just made Featured Article on the homepage.  Congratulations!
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The Ransomware Menace
There are many reasons malware will stay around and continue to grow as a business.  The biggest reason is the expanding customer base.  More than 40% of people who are infected with ransomware, pay the ransom.  That makes ransomware a multi-million dollar business.
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Recently there is also a ID ranswore toolkit which may be handy for identification though it may not be 100% since it is still signature based.
https://id-ransomware.malwarehunterteam.com/index.php
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Thanks for the link btan.  The one I am looking at, Ransomware Detection Service, is similar to the one you point to, but console based instead of web based.  Also it is more for looking at network shares and identifying where an infection originated than anything else.  It should be noted that the website you linked is indeed an ID website and specifically says:

Can you decrypt my data?

No. This service is strictly for identifying what ransomware may have encrypted your files

Which is pretty much the same as RDS.
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In this era, as you know, cybercrime and other sorts of frauds using the internet has increased day by day. We should protect our information assets and confidential information from getting exploiting by the attacker or intruders. Most of the fraud today is performed using email services. Intruder or Imposters send the emails to you pretending that the emails are coming from authenticated users and thereby get confidential information from you or about your organization. The imposter may manipulate or modify the email messages or attachments according to their benefits.

To protect from e-mail frauds using MS outlook and to save the messages from intruders, Microsoft Outlook provide a mechanism to deal with it known as digital signature and encryption of email messages.

Digital signature means digitally sign your document which identify the source of document (i.e. the documents is coming from or associated with the intended person which is sole owner of the document). In simple language a digital signature indicates the authenticity of a document. MS Outlook digitally signed the email using a digital ID formally known as a "digital certificate" which helps to prove the source identity. A digital signature helps prevent message tempering to protect the authenticity of your email message.
 

Before you digitally signed an e-mail message you need to create digital ID. Follow the steps below for creating digital ID that is being issued by certification authorities.

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Encryption

Encryption is the process of encoding messages or information in such a way that only authorized parties can read it. In an encryption scheme, the intended communication information or message, referred to as plaintext, is encrypted using an encryption algorithm, generating ciphertext that can only be read if decrypted. For technical reasons, an encryption scheme usually uses a pseudo-random encryption key generated by an algorithm. An authorized recipient can easily decrypt the message with the key provided by the originator to recipients, but not to unauthorized interceptors.