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FINALLY!!

This week I installed an extended validation SSL certificate on the LockLab. This ensures that ALL of your Green Bardata going back and forth to the servers (there are multiple) is secure and encrypted, but that’s not all.  I obtained the “Extended Validation” certificate which is the premier security certificate.  The vetting process is very thorough and it took over two months to earn it.

This should put everyone at ease regarding any data transmissions, whether entering the contests, signing up for the newsletter, using our contact or comment forms that your data is safe, and my certificate allows me to encrypt data both ways.

If you look at the URL bar in your browser, you’ll notice it has a green bar normally found on websites of very large companies like banks and major shopping networks. In Internet Explorer it turns the entire URL window dark green. In Chrome it adds a light green bar to the left of the “https” in the address and in Firefox it shows a light green bar next to it.

Why go to all this trouble?  Well, during the first month the website was taking a lot of hacking attacks. While LockLab doesn’t store personal data or financial information, it freaked me out that hackers could run roughshod through our Tribal Area.  The techies that I have locked up in the basement told me the website was secured by a….Master Lock.  Now, with the SSL and EV certificate the site is secured by an Abloy disc detainer.  As a sidenote, this was done more for your protection than mine. Certificates don’t protect against hacks, they just ensure that 1. this site is who it says it is, and 2. we are encrypting your data.

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Comment(9)

  1. oh -oh – seems SSL is not working? I have no green bar and the browser tells me the connection is not secure.

  2. Hey, master lock man, (I almost called you yoda of the lock but seemed weird), your a great teacher. Question to anyone out there, anyone have any ideas where I can get picks for those REALLY small locks, I’ve been making my own but the metal is so thin it’s just not reliable. I could just cut the lock but it’s the challenge that makes me keep trying. Anyone have any thoughts

    1. That depends on how small you are talking about, but I would suggest you make your way to the “where to buy tools” under the resources tab in the menu of the Lock-lab site, you will find many reputable sites to purchase great picks and other stuff.

  3. Not only was it a Masterlock, but it was a Master #22. Congratulations on the upgrade! Speaking as a web developer with a background in security, I consider SSL to be just a basic staple of having a web presence. .

  4. Great news, and well done.
    Have there been any news letters? I signed up at the beginning and have never received one.

  5. A Master lock is a good analogy to weak Server security ☺Glad you got it sorted Bill. I don’t know what I’d do if hackers deprived me of my regular dose of Lock-Lab videos.
    Thanks also for the change to 1 item win per year.

  6. Thank you for the update sir. Furthermore, thank you for spending your time, effort and resources to rid us of the Old No.3 and provide us with a shiny new Mul-T-Lock. Beyond digital security measures, I feel that the SSL Certifications adds a mark of professionalism and places the site in a confidence bracket distinctly above “home made” or “personal” sites. Also, while this site focuses on physical security, in the grand scheme of things, digital security is probably more important. I can replace things in a matter of minutes, but it took my step-dad three years, vast amounts of time and some money to get his identity back, and secured, after it was stolen. It would be a bit hypocritical not to secure the site as best as possible. So again, thank you sir.

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