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Cyber Security: Do You Know Who You Are Dealing With?

Who are you buying from? It’s pretty scary stuff. In 2013 it cost Irish consumers 25.7 million.

The tools of the trade

Phishing, scamming, identity theft, hacking, spyware, bogus invoices or just goods not being delivered.

Where do you go for reassurance – for validation?

Where in Ireland do you go to check out that the company you are dealing with is real?

Dun and Bradstreet? Company Registration Office? Google? The answer may surprise you but it makes perfect sense!

We are doing some interesting work with and this topic came up in conversation. is the perfect place for verification of the existence and legitimacy of Irish businesses and traders.

The companies on are real. They are checked (by a human). They exist. In most cases companies have paid for a listing on They are actively providing a product or service in a market and they are paying to promote it where people search for goods and services.

In a word where cyber security will become a HUGE issue, that is a benefit you cannot ignore. As a company or as an online shopper, will become more valuable than ever thanks to its long standing HUMAN relationship with Irish businesses and consumers.

SSL certification

A listing on also doubles as validation for an EV SSL certificate. Comodo, the Certificate licencing authority (similar to Verisign) uses to verify applications for EV SSL Certificates.

EV SSL certificates are intended to restore confidence among users that a website operator is a legally established business or organization with a verifiable identity.

The EV SSL Certificate Validation Process -This new procedure has been established and involves a more rigorous validation procedure.

A business needs to conform to some basic requirements to obtain an EV SSL certificate. The company needs to prove they have:

  • Legal status as a company under government regulations.
  • A Registration of Incorporation number
  • A place of business is in same jurisdiction as its place of business registration.
  • An organisation name
  • A business name
  • A full address and a geographic telephone number to their place of business

To acquire an EV SSL or other SSL you can contact  HostingIreland. To get a verified listing on for your business click here

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