License 7: Public Accommodations Inspector Professional License

It seems incredible that drive-by malware is prevalent on the outdoor Web, automatically installing itself in the computers and phones and tablets of innocent people who just happen to visit a legitimate but infected site.

The Public Accommodations Inspector examines a Web site or other outdoor facility, digitally signs the code that runs it, and makes the signature available via an icon on the site for visitors to check out the signature and license of the inspector. An additional click will verify the signatures on the site files and, importantly, verify signed information related to the installation and hosting information, so that a signature that’s copied along with site files and pasted onto the hacker’s server will not verify.

This license is analogous to a health department inspection certificate in a restaurant.