The corrosion of Aaron Stone

Register.com teaches SSL customers how to phish

I just bought an SSL certificate for this domain from Register.com. The price was great ($38 for 3 years! Just Google for “discount ssl certificate” to get a Register.com AdWord banner discount), the process went really smoothly, the certificate installed easily into Apache, and is working well for me so far.

Register Phishing

In the middle of the process, while I was downloading the certs and reading their directions, I came across this doozy of a page. What Register.com is giving you are static pictures of locks to make users feel safe. In other words, teaching people to trust the telltale signs of phishing tactics! And I’m downright shocked at the favicon of a lock. That’s a straight-up bald-faced attempt at making the site look like it’s being seen by the browser as secured. Not cool!