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Major changes with IE 7

Modification of the URL bar in SSL mode

The brand new IE7 will have an enhanced view with SSL. The URL bar will automaticaly displayed and be colored in 4 different ways.
  • green: site secured with high insurance certificate (validation)
  • white: site secured with low insurance certificate
  • yellow: suspect site
  • red: site identified as dangerous (phishing)
High insurance certificates are not available for sale yet but we will communicate as soon as they will be.

we hope the certificates we provide will be classified as high insurance ones for we only sale the best products on the market.

If you did not follow our advise yet (Why are domain-validated certificates dangerous?) and replaced your certificates Domain-Validated by complete authentication ones, thi is the moment! IE 7 wil discriminate those certificates, it is a bad investment and a security mistake.

Alert in case of basic authentication

IE 7 will display an alert when accessing a website via HTTP.

It will encourage the use of SSL to protect access and prevnt the alert display.

It won't impact login pages implemented with POST that are the most commonly used even if using POST without SSL is particularly dangerous.

End of SSLv2

Microsoft announced that IE7 won't handle SSLv2 by default (it will be deactivated). Mozilla/Firefox made the same announcement.

TBS INTERNET has recommanded the deactivation of SSLv2 for years now in order to guarantee the highest security. All browsers that are compatible with the certificates we deliver are also compatible with SSLv3, much more secure and that allow to manage chained certificates.

There is no impact in deactivating SSLv2 on your servers. The same way, deactivation of SSLV2 in IE7 won't be a problem for our certificates that are SSLv3- and TLS-compatible since 2002.

End of 40- and 56-bit encryption, addition of 256-bit

There won't be 40- an 56-bit encryption in IE7 under vista by default. it will be deactivated. Those versions will require and encryption level higher than 56-bit (64, 112 (3DES) or 128). 256-bit encryption will also be activated.

This modification is only going to be made on Vista. Win XP won't have 256-bit nor the deactivation of 40- and 56-bit. The modification is implemented in SCHANNEL.DLL that is not delivered with IE7.