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This Black Friday, beware the shop with the security seal: researchers have shown that issuers of common good webkeeping seals of approval sometimes miss basic flaws, happily certify phishing sites and inadvertently function as a hackers' black book of vulnerable sites. The research examined the effectiveness of the top 10 …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    A bit too upbeat?

    "... researchers have shown that issuers of common good webkeeping seals of approval sometimes miss basic flaws, happily certify phishing sites and inadvertently function as a hackers' black book of vulnerable sites."

    So, less "beware" and more "worse than utterly useless" then.

    I've always taken these as a bit of rather thin web whitewash, assuming they probably say less than nothing about the actual security or trustworthiness of a site, but rather a lot about the mindset of the site owners in much the same way as having "National Association of Estate Agents" in your shop window may as well read "Unscrupulous weasels inside!".

  2. Teiwaz Silver badge

    Certified and Certifiable...

    Need to be sealed away somewhere, preferably in a locked filing cabinet, in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door reading 'Beware of the Leopard'.

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