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Is the Calomel extension accurate?


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#1 ianmcqui

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 01:08 AM

The Firefox extension Calomel gives this site and I quote  "SECURITY :NONE - UNSECURED" URL" "HOST : WWW.BLEEPING COMPUTER.COM."

 

 

Is there a mis match in any of the notary server's information about this site and thus giving a bad score?

 

I also have advanced search 1.5.2/https-everywhere 4.0.2/perspectives 4.5.2 as well as calomel ssl validation 0.72 running on Firefox. Would any of these other extensions possibly cause any conflict?

 

On this machine BTW running Zorin 64 bit and whichever variation of Firefox that is bundled  with the ISO download.

 

Anyone else have any info on this or are using any of these extensions? Your thoughts etc would be appreciated.

 

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 01:22 AM

 I've never used the extentions in question, but "SECURITY :NONE - UNSECURED URL" sounds correct. This site uses HTTP not HTTPS, it is not a secure connection so there is no ssl certificate for Calomel to check.



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Posted 19 January 2015 - 01:34 AM

Looks to be a Firefox extension that grades SSL strength. 

 

https://calomel.org/firefox_ssl_validation.html

 

I've had no security issues in regards to using this site, it's probably more useful for measuring those where transactions are made, or before one is. In that case, one would want the site to be as secure as possible. 

 

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 05:03 AM

ianmcqui,  :welcome: to BC forums!

 

I installed the same Firefox extension on my Linux Mint 17.1 OS, and all of the "http" sites shoes as insecure, and the "https" ones showing varying levels of security. This is probably an extension to help those ensure transaction sites are secure, and to what degree. For example, eBay had an 18% score, while Amazon had an 88% one. The eBay results were a shocker to me, as I purchase a lot there. 

 

As to browsing security, it's been known for years that https sites are more secure than http ones, however that doesn't mean that all http sites are unsafe. Being that you're running a Linux OS, you're much more secure than the average computer user. Security is a two way streak, and Linux has you covered. Windows users has to install security. 

 

However one thing that you can do to greatly enhance your own security, is by opening your Terminal, and type "sudo ufw enable" (w/out the quotes) & then enter your password & press Enter. It'll then show that your Firewall is enabled and will run at startup. 

 

The other thing is, all sites aren't created equal. Some sites are dangerous to visit, while others (like this one) is safe. You should install the Web of Trust (WOT) extension to Firefox, this will show you (in general) which sites has good (green), medium (yellow) & bad (red) reputations. I use this tool on both Firefox & Chrome. 

 

The tool that you're using is the wrong one to go by as far as general Web browsing, anything other than "https" sites will show as insecure. I'm not saying it's a bad tool, just not the one for these activities. 

 

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Posted 19 January 2015 - 01:34 PM

ianmcqui,  :welcome: to BC forums!

 

I installed the same Firefox extension on my Linux Mint 17.1 OS, and all of the "http" sites shoes as insecure, and the "https" ones showing varying levels of security. This is probably an extension to help those ensure transaction sites are secure, and to what degree. For example, eBay had an 18% score, while Amazon had an 88% one. The eBay results were a shocker to me, as I purchase a lot there. 

 

As to browsing security, it's been known for years that https sites are more secure than http ones, however that doesn't mean that all http sites are unsafe. Being that you're running a Linux OS, you're much more secure than the average computer user. Security is a two way streak, and Linux has you covered. Windows users has to install security. 

 

However one thing that you can do to greatly enhance your own security, is by opening your Terminal, and type "sudo ufw enable" (w/out the quotes) & then enter your password & press Enter. It'll then show that your Firewall is enabled and will run at startup. 

 

The other thing is, all sites aren't created equal. Some sites are dangerous to visit, while others (like this one) is safe. You should install the Web of Trust (WOT) extension to Firefox, this will show you (in general) which sites has good (green), medium (yellow) & bad (red) reputations. I use this tool on both Firefox & Chrome. 

 

The tool that you're using is the wrong one to go by as far as general Web browsing, anything other than "https" sites will show as insecure. I'm not saying it's a bad tool, just not the one for these activities. 

 

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Thanks for the reply, I've used WOT before on the Opera browser and liked so I'll gladly take your advice.

 

I'm also using the Ixquick search engine which purportedly does not record youy IP address and use Vivaldi.net for e-mail as it is based outside the US.

 

I had to reset the passwords on both my niece and sisters Hotmail account a while back, heard a rumour it was one the US intelligence agencies fault!

 

Not that I have anything to hide but I wouldn't like, for example the postal service to open my mail or make checks as to who I sent and received it.

 

And my firewall is switched on and set to a medium security level, incoming deny and outgoing alow.

 

Thanks, Ian.



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Posted 19 January 2015 - 01:37 PM

 I've never used the extentions in question, but "SECURITY :NONE - UNSECURED URL" sounds correct. This site uses HTTP not HTTPS, it is not a secure connection so there is no ssl certificate for Calomel to check.

Thanks Hollowface thats a perfect answer, what else can I say but didn't think of it myself.

 

Regards, Ian.






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