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Jun 20, 2017

Banks and government agencies always push us to do business online, but many of them get a failing grade when it comes to website security.  The latest online security audit by the Online Trust Alliance shows mixed reviews for websites that collect your your private information.  Healthcare.gov scored high for both tight security and strong privacy. The U.S.

Jun 28, 2017

Websites run by the country’s largest banks and the U.S. federal government scored the poorest in a new security and privacy analysis. “We look at the end-to-end user experience on the site: How secure is the data being held, what are their privacy policies and what do they do to protect users from fraud,” said Craig Spiezle, OTA founder and chairman emeritus. "We use the same tools that are available to anyone, including cyber criminals.”

Jun 22, 2017

A new study from the Online Trust Alliance suggests the Internet’s most popular Web sites need to strengthen their email security.

Jun 22, 2017

The Online Trust Alliance on Tuesday released its 2017 Online Trust Audit & Honor Roll. Among its findings: Consumer services sites have the best combined security and privacy practices. FDIC 100 banks and U.S. government sites are the least trustworthy, according to the audit. "Data is the 'oil' of the Internet economy. It is fueling innovation, growth and revenue.

Jun 21, 2017

Most federal websites failed a security and privacy assessment by the Online Trust Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group. Many federal sites didn’t have adequate email authentication processes for users, a major factor in the failure of about 55 percent of the 100 federal sites OTA benchmarked.

Jun 21, 2017
Network World

We frequently hear that we can’t have privacy and security; sadly, that is often still the case as an audit of over 1,000 top websites analyzed for security and privacy practices showed an alarming trend for the third year in a row. The Online Trust Alliance said, “Sites either qualify for the Honor Roll or fail the Audit.

Jun 20, 2017
SC Media

An audit of more than 1,000 top websites found that 52 percent have highly trustworthy cybersecurity and privacy practices – yet 46 percent failed the assessment altogether, with bank sites surprisingly faring worst of all. Craig Spiezle told SC Media that the poor showing by financial institutions "should be a wake-up call for them...

Jun 20, 2017
Fifth Domain

If the government had a minivan, it would not get to display many proud parent stickers on the bumper when it comes to its websites.

Jun 20, 2017

The Online Trust Alliance has released the results of its ninth annual Online Trust Audit and Honor Roll, this year finding an overall increase in trustworthy websites, with some caveats. This year, 48 percent of news and media sites made the grade, the most significant improvement in the past year among all industries surveyed by the OTA. "This is a real comeback story," Spiezle said of the news and media industry.

Jun 20, 2017

The security of banking websites dropped significantly in the past year, while retailer and news websites made significant gains, according to the Online Trust Alliance’s 2017 website security audit, out today. For the first time, more than half of the websites scored high enough to make OTA’s “honor roll.” The biggest improvement came in the news category: last year, only 23 percent of news sites made the list, but this year, 48 percent did.