“Seal providers” offer a service which allows website owners to show their customers that their website is secure, and therefore safe to use. […] The website owner can include a seal on his website, which links to the seal provider, and shows the security of the sealed website is A-ok.
Now, does having such a security seal on your website actually mean you can trust what the seal provider is claiming, and that your website is secure, or does it actually introduce new types of vulnerabilities and increase the likelihood of compromise?
No surprise that the answer on the first part of the question is no. Turns out however that these seals can easily be exploited by just anyone.