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Website identity problem

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Madlyn88, Jan 16, 2011.

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  1. Madlyn88

    Madlyn88 Thread Starter

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    Website identity problem

    I keep getting message from Safari that it can't verify the identity of website "productregistration.sony.com". Safari adds:the certificate signed by unknown authority, you might be connecting to pretend web site. (See dialogue box - attached)



    It is also impt. to note -- I entered a different web address, the one given with my Sony (TV) is: http://www.sony.com/productregistration. But Safari routes me to the above site with productregistration in front of sony.com.

    Firefox routes me to another site with a different address ( https://productregistration.sel.sony.com/app/home.htm?tid=5726110) and no alert about the certificate signature.

    Is the "productregistration.sony.com" site safe? Should I change some of my Safari security settings?? I do not have any special security software, at this time.

    I will appreciate any advice or direction - thanks, M
     

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  2. TOGG

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    I think most browsers use different methods to check the status of 'secure' (https) sites. My Opera browser is quite happy that the first link you posted is secure and provides details of the VeriSign certificate used by the Sony site (it also changes the placing of the 'product registration' wording).

    As far as I'm aware, VeriSign is a well known issuer of security certificates and, according to Opera, the certificate for this site doesn't expire until 28/10/2011. However, Opera does note that the server doesn't handle 'secure TLS renegotiation' which is, I believe, an extra level of security that is recommended because of an exploit that can affect some servers. I have seen some suggestions that Opera's identification of servers that need upgrading may not always be accurate so, as long as you're not going to be inputting bank or credit card details, the site should be reasonably safe to deal with, but only you can decide.

    Is there an option to do the registration by post?
     
  3. lunarlander

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    As long as the last part of the address is still sony.com, then I wouldn't worry too much, you are still dealing with sony. Sony can have many servers, each named differently - like xxx.yyy.sony.com and aaa.bbb.sony.com. The last part is what matters - sony.com.
     
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