Top SSL Certificate Brands of 2017

An ongoing survey by W3Techs has thrown up some interesting numbers on the state of the global SSL Certificate market. Most notably 23.7% of websites have yet to implement SSL certificates.

W3Techs investigated technologies of websites, not of individual web pages. If a technology was found on any of the pages, it is considered to be used by the website.

W3Techs included only the top 10 million websites (top 1 million before June 2013) in the statistics in order to limit the impact of domain spammers. Website popularity rankings were provided by Alexa (an Amazon.com company) and a 3-month average ranking was used.

W3Techs did not consider subdomains to be separate websites. For instance, sub1.example.com and sub2.example.com are considered to belong to the same site as example.com. That means for example, that all the subdomains of blogger.com, wordpress.com and similar sites are counted only as one website.

W3Techs did not include redirected domains. For example, Sun.com redirects to Oracle.com, and is therefore not counted.

Not surprisingly to us at iWebz, the results show Comodo certificates are preferred by 39.4% of all websites that use SSL certificates, and the free SSL certificate authority Let's Encrypt is yet to get major traction with websites.

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The stats are updated daily and are available on W3Techs.com

 

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GlobalSign Certificates Revoked

Users around the world have had trouble accessing some HTTPS-based websites due to a certificate revocation testing error at GlobalSign. Websites affected included those of the Financial Times, Guardian, Wikipedia, and Dropbox.

Most sites these days are installing SSL/TLS certificates to benefit from various options afforded by HTTPS connections. However, websites secured by GlobalSign had the opposite experience thanks to a goof-up by the Certificate Authority.

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The Goof-up...

GlobalSign inadvertently triggered the revocation of its intermediary certificates while updating a special cross-certificate. The revocation of such a certificate was interpreted by some browsers and systems also as a revocation of the intermediate certificates that chained back to it. This broke the chain of trust and ultimately canceled SSL/TLS certificates issued to it's customers.

It could take until the beginning of next week for the accidentally revoked certificates to be corrected, leaving visitors unable to easily read their favorite webpages. Sales at affected e-commerce websites using GlobalSign SSL/TLS certificates will also be badly impacted.

Are you affected?

The problem will not hit everyone due to the wide range of caching and revocation policies employed by different browsers, apps and other software. If your mobile app or web browser hasn't picked up the revocation yet, it should be fine.

GlobalSign has released a full incident report to provide full disclosure on the Certificate Revocation Issue.

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