Inside Risks: Risks of PKI: E-Commerce

Open any popular article on public-key infrastructure (PKI) and you’re likely to read that a PKI is desperately needed for e-commerce to flourish. Don’t believe it. E-commerce is flourishing, PKI or no PKI. Web sites are happy to take your order, even if you use a secure connection, or don’t have a certificate. Fortunately, you’re […]


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Inside Risks: Risks of PKI: Secure Email

Public-key infrastructure (PKI), usually meaning digital certificates from a commercial or corporate certificate authority (CA), is touted as the current cure-all for security problems. Certificates provide an attractive business model. They cost almost nothing to manufacture, and you can dream of selling one per year to everyone on the Internet. Given that much potential income […]

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