Hacker Safe

McAfee offers a service call “Hacker Safe” to audit client’s website daily for security issues. That they said : “not only increase sales by increasing shopper confidence, you build your brand with the security seal seen on more top sites than any other.”, yet with such high profile declaration and then getting hacked many times, they get slapped hard on the face.

“Hacker Safe”, and I presume it means “safe from all means of hackers” rather than “safe from most means of hackers” ( then I’m not safe! ). Claiming having no vulnerabilities in a piece of software is no different than claming there are no bugs in a non-trivial software — after all, vulnerabilities are just security bugs. What a misconception and misleading marketing strategy to fool users.

The problem is how many people believe it is really completely secure? The sad part could be it is giving the very wrong impression of the SSL certificate : “Having the green lock is the sign of safety! 128-bit encryption!”. I’m not kidding, I’ve actually met users who told me so.

Jeez. We all better be careful, the web is very dangerous.


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